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The First Degree

The First Degree

Join Ladygang's Jac Vanek, true crime TV producer Alexis Linkletter, and investigative journalist Billy Jensen on a chilling ride into the darkest corners of your worst nightmares. We're talking murder, serial killers, cults, conspiracy theories and beyond, all told through the eyes of a guest who is one degree of separation from the story itself. From Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer to an unknown heinous murder in your very own hometown, The First Degree will bring a new and refreshing perspective to the true crime phenomenon. And who knows... you may be our next guest.

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Episodes

KILLING TIME: CANNIBALISM

This week, the girls and the goth are talking cannibalism: from Jeffrey Dahmer to the Donner Party to weird dudes who eat body parts in the name of art. They put pumpkin spice, candy corn, and white chocolate on the stand, and get VERY involved with a Worstie?s threesome gone bad.
2021-10-14
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Tony Vick (Part 2 of 2)

By the time Tony Vick was 31 years old, he had been prosecuted for fraud, suspected of arson, had become a cult leader, and had collected more than 500k in life insurance payouts resulting from the death of those closest to him. Somehow, Tony had evaded consequences for these sins-- despite the cloud of suspicion that had hovered over him...That is, until the inexplicable disappearance of his second wife, 39-year-old Kathy Beadle. In episode 163, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part 2 of the curious case of Tony Vick.
2021-10-13
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KILLING TIME WITH PAYNE LINDSEY

This week the girls and the goth have an epic chat with their friend Payne Lindsey, host of the Up and Vanished podcast! They talk about all things involving Season 3 of the podcast, focusing on Ashley Loring Heavyrunner and missing and murdered Indigenous women. The crew then gets silly and dives into fan questions for Payne and end up revealing an incredible nugget from his past. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter code first to get $25 off your first box!
2021-10-07
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Tony Vick (Pt 1 of 2)

A man finds his wife unconscious in a bathtub, just a few months after he was diagnosed with cancer. Friends and family grieve for him?but what they don?t know is that he has a history of being an elaborate scam artist. In episode 162, Jac, Alexis and Billy uncover the bizarre tale of a criminal who rivals ?The Jinx.?
2021-10-06
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KILLING TIME: CURSED CAR

This week, the girls and the goth revisit James Dean?s fatal car crash and the trail of destruction The Little Bastard caused post mortem. They debate backseat DJs, car phonecalls, and trunks filled with goodwill bags.
2021-09-30
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Vickie Edge

A Florida woman starts dating a man she met online, and after a quick courtship they start planning their future together. He promises her a house, a new car and the wedding of her dreams. For her, he was ?Mr. Right.? How could anything go wrong? In episode 161, Jac, Alexis and Billy, reveal the startling details of this love story gone wrong.
2021-09-29
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KILLING TIME: PAUL IS DEAD

This week, the girls and the goth go back in time to 1969 when the ?Paul Is Dead? hoax took over Beatlemania! They dive into all of the theories, secret messages, and easter eggs found in their albums and music. They also debate Cheesecake Factory, the top sheet, and...what the hell even is aioli?
2021-09-23
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Randall Mercier

Meaghan Rice was the most popular girl in school?and many thought she was the prettiest. Meaghan also had two boyfriends?David and Randall. When David said he was moving away, she concocted a bizarre plot to win his affection and make him stay. It involved a truck, a secret code word, a knife and an unthinkable act of brutality. In episode 160, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of a true high school nightmare.
2021-09-22
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KILLING TIME: MUSICAL TORTURE

This week, the girls and the goth talk all things musical torture. From the bizarre songs used to torture in the CIA, to what songs would drive us insane. We debate the Happy Birthday song, the French Horn, and Imagine Dragons. Also, what song would you want as your ?final song??
2021-09-16
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Simeonette Mapes

Two teachers fall in love after discovering their passion for education in one another. After coming home from running errands, the husband finds his wife dead at the bottom of their stairs with several stab wounds. He frantically calls 911, but there is no weapon and no suspect found at the scene. Was it a robbery gone wrong, or something much more sinister? In episode 159, Jac, Alexis and Billy, explore the lies and uncover the deception that led to the loss of an incredible woman's life. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Uprising Food: Go to UPRISINGFOOD.COM and use code FIRSTDEGREE to get $10 off your order Modern Fertility: Go to ModernFertility.com/firstdegree and get $20 off your test
2021-09-15
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KILLING TIME: TREMBLING LOINS

This week, the girls and the goth talk all about the dark history of Elvis, and it?s not what you think. They debate whether warm ketchup and hot guacamole are acceptable or not, and reminisce about finding out that Santa wasn?t real.
2021-09-09
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Noreen Schmid Boyle (Part 3)

After his mother?s body was found entombed in the basement of his father?s new house, Collier Boyle has no time to grieve?he now has to testify against his father in court. In episode 158, Jac, Alexis and Billy lay out the details of how Jack Collier planned the murder of his weeks, the brutal aftermath for a little boy who lost both his parents, and how he was able to carve out a life afterwards.
2021-09-08
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KILLING TIME: SAY MY NAME

This week the girls and the goth discuss the great London fire and weird serial killer names. They debate cold pizza, hangover cures, and creepy white vans. Plus, they need your help coming up with their serial killer monikers. Help them on Instagram!
2021-09-02
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Noreen Schmid Boyle (Part 2)

When Collier Boyle wakes up, his father tells him his mother has ?gone on a little vacation.? But the 11~year old boy knew better. He knew his father was lying, and he was determined to find the truth. In episode 157, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell a tale of double lives, betrayal and a little boy working secretly with the police to bring his own father to justice.
2021-09-01
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KILLING TIME: BO$$ BABE

This week, the girls and the goth dig into the dark, predatory history of MLMs. They debate whether they love or hate water parks, read receipts, and clapping when the plane lands. Oh, and lots of trash talking Keith Ranierie! Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/FIRSTDEGREE Slumber Cloud: Save 10% on your purchase when you go to www.slumbercloud.com and use our exclusive code: FIRSTDEGREE10
2021-08-26
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Noreen Schmid Boyle (Part 1)

A mother tells her 11-year-old son: ?if I ever go missing, I would never leave you. But you need to know your father is dangerous.? After the boy hears a scream in the middle of the night, he wakes up to find his mother gone. In episode 156?one of the most intense First Degree stories they?ve ever encountered?Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of The Boyle Family.
2021-08-25
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KILLING TIME: SATANIC PANIC

This weekend, the girls and the goth are talking everything satanic panic. They dive into the West Memphis Three, why printed press matters, and is cereal a soup???? Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Best Fiends: Download the 5 star-rated puzzle game, Best Fiends FREE today on the App Store or Google Play
2021-08-19
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"The Shrout Family"

On May 25, 1994, Sarah went to school like any other day. It was the last week of her 8th grade year and she intended to enjoy every moment of it. What was supposed to be an easy slide into summer took a turn towards tragedy when rumors began circulating through the halls. The violent events of that day would soon be revealed, hitting Sarah closer to home than she ever imagined. In episode 155, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by First Degree Sarah as they delve into the horrifying events of that day; dark interests, murder, kidnapping and a school packed with kids. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! SlumberCloud: Slumber Cloud temperature regualting bedding prodsucts, from sheets to mattress pads, can be found online at www.slumbercloud.com. Save 10% on your purchase with our exclusive code: FIRSTDEGREE10 Canva: Design like a pro with Canva Pro! Right now, you can get a FREE 45-day extended trial when you use our promo code! Just go to Canva.me/firstdegree Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/FIRSTDEGREE.
2021-08-18
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KILLING TIME: ICEBERG RIGHT AHEAD

This week, the girls and the goth dive into the dark, dark history of nursery rhymes! They also debate about who should take the armrest on airplane middle seats, iceberg lettuce, and Billy?s deep desire for human connection.
2021-08-12
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Jody Plauche Pt. 2

Police rescue Jody Plauche after he was kidnapped by his karate instructor?and learn the horrific details of what the 10-year-old boy endured at the hands of his captor. When it?s time for his abuser to be brought back to justice, camera crews capture his arrival at the airport?and capture a shocking moment of vigilante justice. In episode 154, Jac, Alexis and Billy are once again joined by Jody as they conclude the tale of Jeff Doucet, Gary Plauchet and Jody Plauchet. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Axon Taser: Get the TASER Pulse Plus, or TASER Strikelight and save 15% now at TASER.com promo code FIRSTDEGREE Slumber Cloud: Save 10% on your purchase with our exclusive code: FIRSTDEGREE10 Away: Start your 100-day trial and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essentials, including their best-selling suitcases, at AWAYTRAVEL.com/degree Sakara: Sakara is offering our listeners 20% off their first order when they go to Sakara.com/FIRSTDEGREE or enter code FIRSTDEGREE at checkout
2021-08-11
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KILLING TIME: THE PEOPLE'S SHOE

This week the girls call out the goth for complaining about his summer birthday, explore the many Marilyn Monroe conspiracy theories, the polarizing reputation of Birkenstocks (aka the peoples' shoe) and the lost art of stealth party exits.
2021-08-05
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Jody Plauche Pt. 1

In March of 1984, Jody Plauche made national headlines when he was abducted by his karate teacher, Jeff Doucet. A national manhunt ensued before police zeroed in on Motel more than 2,000 miles away. In episode 153, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Jody, who shares his story of betrayal, abduction, and ultimately, his rescue- which was far from the end of his harrowing experience. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Slumber Cloud: Save 10% on your purchase with our exclusive code: FIRSTDEGREE10 at www.slumbercloud.com. Seed: Visit seed.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE to redeem 20% off your first month of Seed?s Daily Synbiotic Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/FIRSTDEGREE.
2021-08-04
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KILLING TIME: HANDSHAKES FROM HELL

This week, the girls and the goth dish on the sordid history of the royal family, the blasphemy of reserving a parking spot with your body, the two day Vegas time limit- and how handshakes should be banished eternally.
2021-07-29
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Peter Porco (Part 2)

When the police asked Joan Porco if it was her son who attacked her and her husband with an ax, she nodded yes. But when she came out of a three week coma, she said he had nothing to do with it. But the evidence is stacking against him. What do we believe?
2021-07-28
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KILLING TIME: SLIP N' SLIDE FROM HELL

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth talk about the history of 911 and react to a few classic 911 calls. Plus, they put Britney Spears' conservatorship on the stand, and have a spirited debate about cheese on chicken sandwiches. Later, they come up with new ways to increase male listenership. Billy will have to do a lot more work.
2021-07-22
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Peter Porco (Part 1)

A man doesn?t show up to his job. A co-worker goes to check on him and sees a smear of blood on the front door. Inside, he finds the man dead, his head bludgeoned. Upstairs, his wife is in bed, clinging to life. And under the covers is a bloody axe. Who could have done this? In episode 151, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin to unravel the horrifying tale of Peter and Joan Porco.
2021-07-21
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KILLING TIME: PASTA SMOOTHIES

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth dive into the bizarre murders in the happiest country in the world! Plus, they debate the Seinfeld finale, why people hate on women?s voices, and brainstorm a better replacement for paper / pasta straws. No penne Alfredo smoothies, please!
2021-07-15
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Alex Stevens, Pt. 3

Megan Shaffer has been arrested for the murder of Alex Stevens. And after months of speculation, we finally hear what Megan says happened that night. She claims that she and Stevens went to the woods to burn possessions in a cleansing ritual. But then they fell off a cliff, both became injured and Stevens asked her to help take his own life. Will the jury believe her? In episode 150, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the tale of Alex Stevens and Megan Shaffer.
2021-07-14
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KILLING TIME: DATING SHOWS ARE BANANAS

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth take dating games, bridesmaids and bachelor parties to the stand. They also listen to another "worst thing I have ever done story" that involves a toothbrush. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Daily Harvest: Go to DAILY HARVEST.com and enter code FIRST to get $25 off your first box! Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/FIRSTDEGREE Noom:Sign up for your trial at Noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE.
2021-07-08
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Alex Stevens, Pt. 2

A woman who had gone missing breaks into a cabin and calls the police. She is naked, her back and shoulder broken. She tells them that she was with a friend and they fell off a cliff together. She tells them she?s still in the woods, and he didn?t make it. But when they find his naked body, they discover his throat has been slashed. In episode 149, Jac, Alexis and Billy continue the tale of Alex Stevens and Megan Shaffer, which now includes a possible motive. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Noom: Start building better habits for healthier, long-term results. Sign up for your trial at Noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Away: Start your 100-day trial and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essentials, including their best-selling suitcases, at AWAYTRAVEL.com/degree
2021-07-07
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KILLING TIME: SOCKS IN THE CITY

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth take their listeners requests to the stand! It?s time to settle the debate once and for all about pineapple on pizza, wearing socks to bed, and if a hot dog is actually a sandwich (or is it simply just a meat sling?). They dive into bizarre pandemic crimes, and Billy's hat of sadness is mocked once again.
2021-07-01
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Alex Stevens, Pt. 1

In the middle of the night, a man and a woman go missing in the woods of Savage River State Forest. Their friend finds their cars at the trailhead, along with a pet cat in a carrier, candles and a bottle of motor oil. The events that unfold over the next 24 hours will create one of the most perplexing cases in true crime. In episode 148, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the tale of Alex Stevens and Megan Shaffer. Stitch Fix: Get started today at StitchFix.com/FIRSTDEGREE and you?ll get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix!
2021-06-30
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KILLING TIME: CAMP TRAUMA

This week, the girls, the goth and the ginger party like it?s the summer of 2001! We debate if Friends is funny or not, try to convince Bennifer to televise their wedding, and Jac reveals the bizarre ?games? she played at church camp. This week's got Ted Bundy, King Henry the 8th, blowing up cars, heavy petting, and so much more.
2021-06-24
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Down the Stairs

News travels through a middle school in the Pacific Northwest?the wife of a well-liked teacher has died of a tragic accident. But when the police arrive at the scene, things just don?t add up. Then they check the search history on the computer. On episode 147, Jac, Alexis, Billy tell a tale of middle school teacher affairs, Craigslist threesomes and a sociopath hiding in plain sight.
2021-06-23
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KILLING TIME: BUTTCHEEKS OF JUSTICE

This week, the girls, the goth and the ginger do a deep dive into notorious crime cars. Billy gets booped, Lex gushes over the return of Costco samples, and Jac disparages the modern day loofah. Plus, you?ll never look at brushing your teeth the same way again.
2021-06-17
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"The Catholic Supply Store Murder, Pt. 2"

After being arrested for sexually assaulting two women, and killing a third woman at a Catholic supply store in St. Louis, Missouri, the authorities look deeper into their suspect. Could this horrific and brazen crime have been his only offense? In episode 146, Jac, Alexis and Billy investigate the other potential crimes of Thomas Bruce.
2021-06-16
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KILLING TIME: Killer Sound

This week on a very special musical themed Killing Time, the girls, the goth, and the ginger dish on Mario Lopez's 2 week marriage. Billy condemns late 90's alt bands, Lex defends Lil Nas X's sexual pants split, Jac leads the emo resurgence, and Jared mediates with his ginger locks and musical precision.
2021-06-10
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"The Catholic Supply Store Murder, Pt. 1"

In November, 2018, a 911 call comes in from a store in the suburbs of St. Louis. A man had just walked into the Catholic supply store with a gun. He ordered three women inside to perform sex acts on him. When one of them said no, he shot her in the head and then fled. In episode 146, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of the hunt for the rapist and killer, which ends with an arrest of a supposed man of god.
2021-06-09
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KILLING TIME: OH, THE PROFANITY!

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth defend crime podcast profanity, critique cold-calling without a heads-up text, and hard core call out Lori Vallow & Casey Anthony, Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Barre3: Listeners get a 15 day free trail & 75% your subscription go to Barre3.com/firstdegree
2021-06-03
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Sabrina Bebb-Jones (PT 2 of 2)

31 year-old mother Sabrina Bebb-Jones is missing. Everyone thinks the husband knows something, but no one can prove anything. After a year, he sells the motel they owned together and moves to England to start his new life?as a professional poker player. In episode 145, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of how a discovery in the desert and a $100,000 poker win sealed the fate of a killer. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! StoryWorth: Give your dad the most meaningful gift this Father?s Day and get $10 off your first purchase by going to StoryWorth.com/firstdegree SongFinch: Go to songfinch.com, and use code FIRST for a total of $70 off the perfect gift.
2021-06-02
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Killing Time: Last Meals

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth talk about washing your legs in the shower, the utility of golf, whether the mullet is a good look, famous last meals, and human reviews. Noom: Sign up for your trial today at noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/FIRSTDEGREE.
2021-05-27
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Sabrina Bebb-Jones (PT 1 of 2)

A young couple drops off their child with a babysitter for a quick romantic getaway to Dinosaur National Park. But when the trip is over, only the husband returns to pick up the child. His wife? He says she just got up and left him. In episode 144, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin a tale that includes a missing persons investigation, a move overseas, a big poker tournament win and a desert full of lies, Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Magic Spoon: Get your next delicious bowl of guilt-free cereal at MagicSpoon,com/FIRSTDEGREE and use the code FIRSTDEGREE to save five dollars off Prose: Go to Prose.com/degree for your FREE in-depth hair quiz and 15% off. Seed: Visit seed.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE to redeem 20% off your first month of Seed?s Daily Synbiotic
2021-05-26
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KILLING TIME: Beware the Murder Hornets

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth dish on Scott Peterson theories, Jac's unreasonable love for bucket hats, the enigma that is Gwennyth Paltrow, murder hornets, and whether blindfolding your friend and leaving them in an abandoned warehouse is an appropriate birthday surprise.
2021-05-20
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A Murder in Cement

When word spread throughout Cement High School that Billie Joe Powell, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, had shot and killed her father?no one was sure if it was true. It was. But the reason why she did it would expose an entire system that failed to protect her. In episode 143, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of a teenage girl who fought back against the abuse her family suffered at the hands of her father. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Seed: Visit seed.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE to redeem 20% off your first month of Seed?s Daily Synbiotic Stitch Fix: Go to StitchFix.com/FIRSTDEGREE and you?ll get 25% off Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box!
2021-05-19
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KILLING TIME: Jac Hates Birthday Weeks!

This week on Killing Time, Jac, Alexis and Billy talk about Jac's disdain for the adult birthday week, Billy argues that Hootie & The Blowfish are just as goth as The Cure, and pandemic accessorizing with Alexis.
2021-05-13
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A Murder in Ninnekah

A high school junior calls her boyfriend from a payphone in front of an abandoned convenience store?then she?s never heard from again. Her family begins a frantic search, which ends by the creek. In episode 142, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tragic small town horror story that forever changed the fabric of this community. Please support the show by checking out the sponsors below: Thrive: Visit ThriveCausemetics.com/degree for 15% off your first order! Warby Parker: Try 5 pairs of glasses at home for free at warbyparker.com/degree TalkSpace: As a listener of this podcast, you?ll get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month
2021-05-12
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KILLING TIME: Oh, The Humanity!

This week on Killing Time, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore historic explosions, secret underground tunnels, the many methods of execution, bare legs on airplanes, the cilantro controversy and Elon Musk's baby.
2021-05-06
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"The Formans"

A young mother fails to show up for work. Her husband says his wife, Clara, is sick. But a welfare check is conducted at her house. Her husband now says Clara left him and took the kids with her. The police conduct a search of the house anyway?and discover the truth. In episode 141, Jac, Alexis and Billy cover the tragic case of the Forman family.
2021-05-05
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Patricia Marquez

A couple?s argument at a local watering hole leads to an altercation. The drunk and belligerent man is asked to leave by the bar owner and a good samaritan. As he walks away, he vows revenge. In episode 140, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell a tale of how domestic violence can not only affects members of the family?but anyone in the vicinity.
2021-04-28
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Ski Mask Rapist (Part 2 of 2)

The conclusion of our two part series on The Bay Area Ski Mask Rapist. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Audible: Visit Audible.com/degree or text degree to 500-500 OSEA: Get 10% off your first order with my promo code FIRSTDEGREE at OSEAmalibu.com Barre3: Go to barre3.com/FIRSTDEGREE and enter promo code FIRSTDEGREE to unlock 30% off today.
2021-04-21
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