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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

The Andrews Family, Part 3

In the shocking conclusion to the Andrews family story, a man has been arrested for their murder?a man who had a motive. His girlfriend was sleeping with Mr. Andrews. You will never guess how he tried to explain why his DNA was left at the house and why eyewitnesses spotted him at the scene. On top of that, you?re really not going to believe what happened on the jury. On episode 127, Jac, Alexis and Billy finish the horrific tale of the Andrews Family slaying. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Cladrea: Get 20% off with code [FirstDegree20] when you buy online at Caldrea.com
2021-01-20
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Andrews Family, Part 2 (of 3)

A husband and wife are found slain in their bedroom?him shot in the head, her beaten to death. Their two year old baby, with blood on his socks, is in the house all alone. The killer having called 911 and placed the phone in his tiny hands. Who could have done this? On episode 126, Jac, Alexis and Billy continue the horrific tale of the Andrews Family slaying in part two of their three part series on the case. 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! Noom: Sign up for your trial today at NOOM.com/FIRSTDEGREE.
2021-01-13
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The Andrews Family, Part 1

The only sound on the 911 call sounded like an infant. Authorities entered the house and found a toddler. But where were his parents? It would take a search of the house to make a startling discovery. On episode 125, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the twisted tale of the Andrews Family slaying.
2021-01-06
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2020 Is Almost Over

An extended Killin' Time episode where Jac, Alexis & Billy reflect and wax hopeful about 2021 Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter 25OFF at checkout for 25% off your order. TalkSpace: Go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show TheRealReal:Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL. Plus, new shoppers get $25 off their first purchase.
2020-12-30
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Festivus

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2020-12-23
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Malcolm Burrows, Pt. 2

Malcolm Burrows is dead. Adam Braseel has been sent to a maximum security prison for his murder. He maintains he is innocent, but no few believe him--Until the cop who was at the murder scene reads a story about his trial. ?Why wasn?t I called to the stand?? he wonders. The reason he wasn?t called is as baffling as it is sinister--and his questions set in motion an amazing revelation. In episode 122, Jac, Alexis and Billy bring you the conclusion to a case that truly is stranger than fiction. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Listeners get a FREE home security camera, when you purchase a SimplISafe system at SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE. You also get a 60 day risk free trial Noom: Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Embark: Go to EmbarkVet.com now to get free shipping and save $50 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit with Promo code FIRSTDEGREE.
2020-12-16
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Malcolm Burrows

A woman is attacked in her own home by a man wielding a baseball bat. The man, wearing a white cap, runs out of the house and escapes in a gold car. The police are called to the scene, and find the woman?s brother dead on the side of the road. His skull is nearly split in two. A suspect is arrested. He is picked out of a lineup by the victim. He drives a gold car. He wears a white cap. Sounds cut and dry, right? Not so fast. In episode 121, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the extraordinary tale of Malcolm Burrows.

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2020-12-09
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Emma Walker

16-year-old Emma Walker and 18-year-old Riley Gaul had been together for two years and appeared to be the perfect couple, especially on social media. And they were- until they weren't. On episode 120 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore the case of 16-year-old Emma Walker. 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! Hello Fresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/FIRST90 and use code FIRST90 to get $90 off including free shipping! SimpliSafe: Get 40% off SimpliSafe plus a free security camera today by visiting SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE The RealReal: Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL. Plus, new shoppers get $25 off their first purchase!
2020-12-02
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2020-11-25
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Westley Young

In 2006, a Myspace post began circulating among a group of friends in Stevens point Wisconsin. The claims made in the post were sinister, horrifying and suggested that a murder had taken place. The revelations that followed devastated the community, fractured a group of friends and left loved ones of the victim at a complete loss. On episode 118, Jac, Alexis & Billy profile and search for answers in the perplexing case of Westley Young. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Simplisafe: Get up to 50% off SimpliSafe plus a free security camera today by visiting SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE Vistaprint: Go to Vistaprint.com/FIRSTDEGREE to get started on your unregiftable gift. The holidays are coming up! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter ?15OFF? at checkout for 15% off your order. Embark: Go to Embarkvet.com now to get the best deal of the year AND free shipping. Use Promo code FIRSTDEGREE to save $64 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com and use code first90 to get $90 off including free shipping
2020-11-18
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Coach Scully

A high school pole vaulting coach doesn?t show up for practice. His car is then found on the side of the roads near the woods, door open, keys still in the ignition. That?s just the beginning of this twisted case. In episode 117, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve deep into the story of Jeremy Scully, and uncover a tale of sex clubs, falling in love, jealousy and murder. Plus, talking dream talk show guests for Killing Time.
2020-11-11
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Stephen Perez

Imagine enlisting in the army before you even turn 18. You do two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, come back home to Boston and pursue a career in law enforcement. Then one night when you?re out with friends, words are exchanged with another group. A brawl ensues. And the unthinkable happens. On episode 116, Jac, Alexis and Billy investigate the murder of Stephen Perez. And if you stick around for Killing Time, you will finally learn what Alexis and Billy were up to on Long Island.
2020-11-04
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Dianne Hood, Part 2

Diane Hood had been murdered in cold blood by her husband?s lover. That much is clear. But what everyone wants to know now is: Did she act alone, or did Diane?s husband come up with the idea? In episode 115, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the story of the Fatal Attraction killing, with tales of manipulation, mercy killings, a life insurance policy, and a man twisting Bible verses for evil.
2020-10-28
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Dianne Hood

Two women walk through a parking lot at night. They are accosted by a masked figure who demands their belongings. They comply. But as one of them runs away, she is shot in the back. The masked assailant then stands over her and shoots her in the chest, killing her. The police first think it?s a robbery gone wrong. But as they dig further, they find something far more sinister. In episode 114, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the Colorado Springs murder of Dianne Hood. Support the show by checking out our sponsors: Caliper: Get 20% off your first order when you use promo code FIRSTDEGREE at TRYCALIPER.COM/FIRSTDEGREE Daily Harvest: Go to DAILY HARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Noom: Sign up for your trial today at noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Shapermint: Go to Shapermint.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE, to get an exclusive listener added discount of an extra 10% off your order
2020-10-21
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Vicki Logan & Wanda Faye Turner

Imagine being in college and getting a phone call--the police think one of your best friends from high school, a guy you thought of as a little brother-- murdered his mother and grandmother. Where would your mind go? Would you immediately think ?this can?t be true? and go into help mode? Would you be defiant till the end? Or as the evidence piled up against him, would you finally accept it? In episode 113, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of Vicki Logan and Wanda Faye Turner. 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! Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com/degree80 and use code degree80 to get $80 off across 4 boxes including free shipping on your first box! Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today NetSuite: Let NetSuite show you how they?ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/FIRSTDEGREE
2020-10-14
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Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 3

In episode 112, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part three of their series on The Oklahoma City Bombing. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today Upstart: Go to Upstart.com/firstdegree to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be
2020-10-07
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Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 2

Imagine you just got married six weeks ago. You?re both secret service agents. You work in Phoenix. She works in Oklahoma City, but you are planning your next rendezvous soon. Then one morning, your beeper is filled with pages, one after another. All of them urgent. You learn the federal building in Oklahoma City has been destroyed by a terror attack. In episode 111, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by another first degree connected with the Oklahoma City Bombing, and they cover the crime scene investigation and capture of Timothy McVeigh. Support the show by checking out these sponsors: Curology: Go to Curology.com/firstdegree for a free 30-day trial Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today Madison Reed: Listeners get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit. Go to Madison-Reed.com and Use code: FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST
2020-09-30
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Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 1

Depending on your generation, you have those defining moments of our childhood, where you can recall exactly where you were when it happened. For baby boomers, it's the Kennedy assassination, for GenX?rs, it's the Challenger explosion, for Millennials, its 9/11. But how you would feel if you were a child, watching the events unfold on TV, and not knowing if a loved one who was there at the site of one of these events was alive or dead. In episode 110, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the horror of one of the worst terror attacks in American history, the bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Caliper: Go to CALIPER.COM/FIRSTDEGREE. Don?t forget promo code FIRSTDEGREE for 20% off your first order! Madison Reed: Go to Madison-Reed.com, Listeners get 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING on their first Color Kit with code FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST Noom: Visit noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE to start your trial today Shapermint: Go to Shapermint.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE, to get an added discount of an extra 10% on your order Upstart: Go to Upstart.com/firstdegree to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be
2020-09-23
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Mikey Keller

Imagine being one month away from going on your first plane ride. One month away from seeing the ocean for the first time...and then the opportunity is snatched away, forever. In episode 109, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the shocking murder of Mikey Keller, a crime that deals with conspiracy, betrayal, petty greed and a big screen TV.
2020-09-16
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Janet Downing, Part II

Janet Downing lay dying in her dining room. Dying from 98 stab wounds. The person arrested for murder was not an escaped mental patient. He was not the boogie man. He was her son?s best friend, the 15-year-old boy who lived across the street, who she had watched grow up. Were there any signs? Any warnings that this cherub-faced child had a bloodlust lurking inside him? Turns out, there very well might have been. In episode 109, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the investigation, and uncover disturbing stories about Eddie O?Brien leading up to the murder of Janet Downing. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors Madison Reed: Listeners get 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING on their first Color Kit with code FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST Pretty Litter: Go to PrettyLitter.com and use promo code FIRSTDEGREE for 20% off your first order
2020-09-09
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Janet Downing

It was the hang-out house in the neighborhood. All the kids would come by the Downing residence, visiting with 16-year old twins Ryan and Paul, chilling in the living room playing Sega, and being served snacks by the mom of the household, Janet Downing. But on the night of July 23rd, the house on Boston Street would become a horror scene. On episode 108, Jac, Alexis and Billy head to Somerville, Massachusetts to delve into the murder of Janet Downing?and uncover the neighborhood secrets that were hiding in plain sight.
2020-09-02
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Shannon Leigh Kos

When 12-year-old Shannon Leigh Kos disappeared on a Sunday afternoon, the police initially suspected that the rebellious 7th grader was just blowing off some steam and would be home soon. But after days of searching, they discovered the grim reality of what truly happened to Shannon. On episode 107, Jac, Alexis & Billy delve into the brutal, tragic, and utterly senseless events of October 8, 2000, and what transpired in a place called ?ZombieLand?.
2020-08-26
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Pat & Bobbie McNeely

Can someone be born evil? Or is evil a product of your environment. The McFeelys had their hands full with their teenage grandson, Brian. The boy they had custody of was rambunctious and childish?and then he turned dangerous. He would go away, seemingly get better then come back and get worse. And then one day, the situation became deadly. On episode 106, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of mental illness, child protective services and unspeakable horror.
2020-08-19
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Seath Jackson

When Seath started dating Amber, the 15-year-olds shouted their love from rooftops?and across social media. But as high school romances are want to do, the relationship fizzled, and Amber began to stray. She ghosted Seath, then started posting pictures on facebook of her with another man. These events would lead to jealousy, rage, name-calling, betrayal, conspiracy and, ultimately, murder. On episode 104, Jac, Alexis and Billy head to Summerfield, Florida, for a twisted tale of love and revenge.
2020-08-12
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Episode 103: Colleen Ritzer

Two people fail to come home after a day at high school. One is a 14-year old student and soccer player who just moved into town. The other is a 24-year-old math teacher. After a frantic search, police access the school?s surveillance video and watch a gruesome horror story unfold. In episode 103, Jac, Billy and Alexis delve into the tragic story of Colleen Ritzer and Philip Chism.
2020-08-05
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BTK III: Episode 102

It?s now 2004, and BTK has been lurking in the shadows of Wichita, Kansas for 30 years. The murders have stopped, and it looks like he got away with his crimes...until a newspaper publishes a story on the anniversary of his first murders. And the killer just can?t help himself. In episode 102, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore how Dennis Rader?s narcissism helped police track him down, how his own daughter unwittingly aided in his capture, and the ?grand finale? murder he planned to commit right before he was captured. You will also hear the killer in his own words confess to the crimes.
2020-07-29
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BTK II: Episode 101

After murdering five people, the killer known as BTK made his first contact with the media. But now he?s disappeared. For three long years would waits, before forcing his way into the home of a woman and slaying her while her children listened. Nine months later he would kill again, and continue to taunt the police, writing ?Do the cops think that all those deaths are not related? Golly-gee yes the MO is different in each but look--a pattern is developing.? The pattern was laid out for all to see. But even when he resurfaces six years later to kill once more, the cops are clueless. In episode 101, Jac. Alexis and Billy are again joined by Denis Rader?s daughter Kerri, and they attempt to answer the question: how do the circumstances in a killer?s ?normal? life change the way he chooses victims in his sadistic life.
2020-07-22
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BTK: Episode 100

A mother, father and their two children are found murdered in their Wichita, Kansas home. When a group of men falsely confess to the crimes, the real killer directs the police to a letter. He writes about the monster inside of him. The monster who needs to kill. ?Maybe you can stop him. I can't. He has already chosen his next victim or victims. I don't know who they are yet. The next day after I read the paper, I will know, but it's too late. Good luck hunting.? In this landmark 100th episode, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into one of the most twisted serial killers of all time, Denis Rader, who for forty years was known by the initials BTK. Their first degree guest is the killer?s daughter, Kerri Rawson, who had no idea the loving father who raised her was harboring a monster.
2020-07-15
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John Getreu

Two young women, their bodies beaten and strangled and found less than a mile from each other in the hills near Stanford University. For 40 years their killer went undetected. Then, during the hunt for the Golden State Killer, a name pops up on law enforcement?s radar: John Getreu. In episode 99, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of a family man, a boy scout leader, a loving father and grandfather who was attacking and murdering women for decades?and how he was finally captured.
2020-07-08
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Margaret Williams

A teenager is getting ready for a school dance. She?s quiet and shy but tonight, her friends are making her look and feel like a million bucks. It?s the summer of 1963, and they will all be dancing to the early strains of rock n roll. But for Margaret Willams, it would be the last dance she would ever attend. The next day her body would be found half naked on a nearby baseball field. Her killer is swiftly captured?but that is just the beginning of this story. In episode 98, Jac, Alexis and Billy look into a serial killer whose crimes spanned across decades and continents?and who was finally captured during the search for The Golden State Killer.
2020-07-01
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Short Family

You drive past a lakefront mansion, see kids playing in the yard under the watchful eye of a smiling couple and you wish you could be that happy. They have it all. But what if there was something lurking in the shadows? Not everything is perfect. In episode 97, Jac, Alexis and Billy enter the home of the Short family on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, and discover that not everything is what it seems.
2020-06-24
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Jayme Closs

In the middle of the night, a man bangs on the door of a suburban house. A mother and daughter huddle in the bathroom. A father goes to the front door to investigate. Within minutes, both the mother and father are killed with shotgun blasts. And the daughter was kidnapped. In episode 96, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by a true crime obsessive who followed the crime?who learned of her unthinkable connection to the case after Jayme?s miraculous escape. For Killing Time, they discuss the death of Robert Fuller, a black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California.
2020-06-17
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NXIVM

The story of how Keith Raniere became an international self-help guru ? and, later, a convicted sex-cult leader ? is one of those cautionary tales that?s not unfamiliar. A man who is a master of manipulation, able to seduce, exploit, alienate and control countless individuals after developing keen abilities to select precise prey, bait them, and slowly coerce them into doing exactly what he wants. In episode 95, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Josh Block of the podcast, Uncover: Escaping NXIVM as they dig into the cult that branded women, controlled their entire lives and eventually was brought to justice.
2020-06-10
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Listen

This week, we are handing our mic over to our Black listeners to share their experiences of living in this country as a Black American. To everyone who sent their stories in, thank you. We appreciate the time and energy you gave us, and we feel honored that we can amplify your voices.
2020-06-05
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A Message To Our Listeners

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2020-06-03
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Lorena Bobbitt

The story of Lorena Bobbitt drew media attention in 1993 for being one of the most and disturbing domestic dispute stories to ever hit the news. Lorena was not the first woman to ever fight back against her husband- and she wasn?t the last. But her story was one of the first to demand change in the way the world perceived domestic abuse and sexual assault. On episode 93, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Lorena, as they reexamine the impact of the single cut that forever changed pop culture and sent shivers down the spine of domestic abusers around the world. And thank you for this episode's sponsors: Caldrea = Find your signature scent. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more at Caldrea.com Madison Reed = 10% off + Free Shipping on first color kit. Go to www.Madison-Reed.com and use promo code: FirstDegreePodcast Noom = Go to Noom.com/firstdegree to start your trial today! Daily Harvest = To get $25 dollars off your first box, go to www.DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code: First Native = 25% off your first purchase. www.nativedeodorant.com and use promo code: Degree
2020-05-27
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Jim & Sandy Melgar

You get a call that your father is dead. You rush home and find he has been murdered. He was tied up, stabbed 31 times and beaten over the head. What could be worse? Police believe your mother?who was found tied up and locked in the bedroom closet?is the lone suspect in his death. In episode 92, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of the murder of Jim Melgar, and how law enforcement disregarded key evidence and employed tunnel vision to zero in on Sandy Melgar as his killer.
2020-05-20
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Jodi Arias: The Trial

It was a trial that seduced, consumed, and horrified the nation? Jodi Arias, facing the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Over the course of four months, Arias was up against a mountain of physical and circumstantial evidence. How did she defend herself? She went on the attack, grasping at straws, telling shocking and fabricated lies about Travis. In episode 91, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the evidence against Jodi and explain how one woman spared the most hated woman in America from death.
2020-05-13
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Jodi Arias: The Investigation

Travis Alexander was found Murdered in his shower?shot in the face, stabbed in the back, his throat slashed ear to ear. Many of his friends pointed a finger at his ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias. But police had to piece together her whereabouts on the day of the murder?and her calculating actions made that incredibly difficult. In episode 89, part two of a three part series, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the investigation of Jodi Arias, including blood evidence, her bank and credit card statements and the most shocking discovery: a camera found in the washing machine containing images of Travis?s last moments?shot by the killer.
2020-05-06
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TRAVIS ALEXANDER & JODI ARIAS

Jealousy. Suspicion. Rage. And a calculated murder. You may think you know everything about Jodi Arias, the woman who killed Travis Alexander. But in episode 88 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with a first degree who had a front row seat to their ill-fated relationship, and learn details about Jodi?s actions that have never come to light before.
2020-04-29
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Serial Killer Bruce Mendenhall

A Detective is trying to solve a murder at a local truck stop. His only lead is a grainy image of a yellow truck. One day, When a yellow long haul truck passes in front of him, his eyes widen. It?s a long shot, but Sgt. Pat Postiglione stops the driver. Inside his cab, he finds a bag of bloody clothes?evidence of other murders. In episode 87, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of trucker serial killer Bruce Mendenhall.
2020-04-22
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A brutal death in Nashville: Sara Hulbert

A woman is found murdered at a truck stop in Nashville Tennessee. She is nude, displayed grotesquely, and a chunk of her flesh is missing. Was it to hide her identity, or did the killer take a trophy? In episode 86 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy not only speak with the sister of the victim, but also with Detective Pat Postiglione, who was tasked with finding the killer-who soon learns that this wasn?t his first kill.
2020-04-15
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Betrayal in Peoria: The Ramirez Murders

Jose Ramirez frantically called the police. He told them that his house had been ransacked, his parents were missing?and there was dried blood on the floor. When the police arrived, they didn?t find professor Susan Brill De Ramirez or her husband Antonio Ramirez Barron. But what they would later discover would shock the community of Peoria?s Bradley University to its core. On episode 85, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the details of the case, the mind frame of those responsible, and search for an answer to the ever-pressing question: why?
2020-04-08
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Justice: The Sheila Bellush Story, Part II

Sheila Bellush had been discovered brutally murdered in her home, her four quadruplet babies covered in her blood after being left alone with their mother?s body for more than 6 hours. A supposedly random person drove 1700 miles to kill her. But why? In episode 84 of The First Degree, Jan, Alexis and Billy dig deep into the relationship of Sheila and Allan Thornburg and uncover the twisted lengths an ex-husband can go to to get revenge. Plus, on Killing Time, they talk about, what else? Tiger King: Joe Exotic.
2020-04-01
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Revenge: The Story of Sheila Bellush

Sheila Bellush is found dead, her throat slashed and shot in the face in the laundry room of her Florida home. The only witnesses to her murder? Her 23 month old quadruplets, covered in their mother?s blood. In the 84th episode of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy unravel the tale, which takes them from the beaches of Sarasota to the golf courses of San Antonio, uncovering a wicked tale a revenge.
2020-03-25
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Two families torn apart: The story of Alexander Ernandes

In true crime, the story always seems to start like this: they had a perfect life, a loving family, a great home. Then we talk about how everything goes to hell. When parents seemingly do everything right. Work long hours. Raise their children in a supporting and loving household--And they?re still punished. We have to try to make sense of it. There?s a reason we say at the top of every episode: this could be you. No matter how good of a person you are. No matter how hard you work and how much love you give--This could be you. In the 83rd episode of The First Degree, Alexis, Jac and Billy tell the tale of two families torn apart by a reckless act in the story of Alexander Ernandes, a West Point hopeful who was betrayed in the worst way by one of those closest to him.
2020-03-18
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Mackenzie Cowell

Do you think you can always guess who the killer is just from a few details? The husband did it. The boyfriend did it. But sometimes, it?s not so simple. When Mackenzie Cowell was discovered murdered, the small town of Wenatchee, Washington was shook to its core. Fingers were pointed, claims were made, until the man with a Hannibal Lector tattoo emerged from the shadows. On episode 82 of the First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the twisted case of a serial killer-obsessed killer and the life he took away.
2020-03-11
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Tara Grinstead with Payne Lindsey

In 2005 a 30-year-old pageant queen and teacher named Tara Grinstead went missing. The community, her family and law enforcement were baffled- but all of that changed the moment a filmmaker named Payne Lindsey started digging into the details. On episode 81, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Payne Lindsey of the groundbreaking "Up and Vanished" Podcast. Payne shares the details of the investigation, the story of how he became totally immersed -- at times obsessed -- with this fascinating case, and what really did happen to Tara Grinstead.
2020-03-03
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Mr. Anime

"Welcome to the house of fun. I'm Trey.? This is how teenager Trey Sessler introduced himself to the world on his Facebook profile. What was so fun about Trey?s house? He lived with his best friend brother and their parents. He was obsessed with anime, and had a popular Youtube channel where he commented on different movies and TV shows. And he liked guns. And one day, the house of fun turned into a house of nightmares. On the 80th episode of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the horror story of Mr. Anime?and what he was planning on next.
2020-02-26
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A Woman Goes Missing, a Party Goes Silent

What if you were at a party and someone looked through your purse? What if they found something that to you was completely innocent?but to them was a threat? On Episode 79 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the 2018 case of missing 19-year-old Megan Metzger. A case that deals with a chance Facebook message, a three-day long party, crazed paranoia, a car set on fire and a pact between ?friends? that would change many lives in a small town in Virginia.
2020-02-19
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