220 episodes

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be friends with a murderer? Or escape a kidnapping? Or have a father who was a serial killer? Join Jac Vanek, Alexis Linkletter, and Billy Jensen on a chilling ride into the darkest corners of your worst nightmares. Murders, cults, kidnappings, and conspiracies—all told through the eyes of a guest who is one degree of separation from the story itself. From infamous serial killers to the unbelievable unknown murder in your own backyard, The First Degree delivers a new perspective to the already fascinating true crime landscape. And who knows... you may be our next guest. (Plus, join them every Thursday for Killing Time, the light-hearted, true crime-adjacent aftershow!)

The First Degree Alexis Linkletter, Jac Vanek, Billy Jensen

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 556 Ratings

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be friends with a murderer? Or escape a kidnapping? Or have a father who was a serial killer? Join Jac Vanek, Alexis Linkletter, and Billy Jensen on a chilling ride into the darkest corners of your worst nightmares. Murders, cults, kidnappings, and conspiracies—all told through the eyes of a guest who is one degree of separation from the story itself. From infamous serial killers to the unbelievable unknown murder in your own backyard, The First Degree delivers a new perspective to the already fascinating true crime landscape. And who knows... you may be our next guest. (Plus, join them every Thursday for Killing Time, the light-hearted, true crime-adjacent aftershow!)

    Episode 179: The Gainesville Ripper Part 3

    Episode 179: The Gainesville Ripper Part 3

    While awaiting trial, Danny Rolling confesses to the five Ripper murders. He sits down with authorities and explains how he brutally murdered the college students in their own homes. Later, Danny pleads not guilty and a trial date is set, but right before proceedings begin, Danny has a change of heart and pleads guilty. He is subsequently sentenced to death, and eventually executed. In episode 179, Jac, Alexis, and Billy conclude their three part series on the Gainesville Ripper, the killer who inspired the movie Scream.

    • 49 min
    KILLING TIME: OH, THE HORROR!

    KILLING TIME: OH, THE HORROR!

    This week the girls and the goth take a cute little road trip to the Amityville Horror house! They chat about the mass murder that took place, the paranormal activity that ensued, and who the hell was Jodi the pig?? Plus, debates about celebrity tequila brands, the gloriousness of teledoc, and how bare feet on planes make us wanna hurl.

    • 44 min
    Episode 178: The Gainesville Ripper Part 2

    Episode 178: The Gainesville Ripper Part 2

    Florida investigators are working around the clock to track down and apprehend the Gainesville Ripper, who brutally murdered five college students over the course of four days. After a few months, investigators find the Ripper…in jail. As investigators get a closer look into the man behind the mask, they discover that he is responsible for many other unsolved crimes including the massacre of a family and multiple armed robberies. In episode 178, Jac, Alexis, and Billy lay out the details of how one of Florida’s largest manhunts of all time led authorities to 36 year old Danny Rolling.

    • 44 min
    KILLING TIME: THAT'S SO 90s

    KILLING TIME: THAT'S SO 90s

    This week the girls and the goth time travel back to the 90s to discuss the biggest scandals of the decade. They’re talking Nancy Kerrigan / Tonya Harding, Pee Wee Herman’s arrest, Pam & Tommy Lee’s sex tape, and the travesty that was Woodstock 99, and their favorite 90s toys! Plus, are vans sexy?

    • 49 min
    Episode 177: The Gainesville Ripper Part 1

    Episode 177: The Gainesville Ripper Part 1

    It’s August 1990, and the fall semester is about to start. College students start trickling into the city, and while they’re moving into their new places, they have no idea that a monster has also moved to town: a serial killer who preys on young, unsuspecting female students. At the end of his four day spree, the killer will steal five innocent lives, and leave a small town drowning in fear. In episode 177, Jac, Alexis, and Billy delve into the Gainesville Ripper, a sadistic serial killer who later inspired the movie Scream.

    • 39 min
    KILLING TIME: NEW YEAR NEW US

    KILLING TIME: NEW YEAR NEW US

    This week the girls and the goth reminisce on all of the b******t that 2021 brought them. They debate New Years resolutions, going out on NYE, and the disgusting idea of paying to go to a nightclub. Plus, Billy reads bad reviews (even though we told him not to).

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
556 Ratings

556 Ratings

Ju Lynne K ,

The best.

I am a true crime podcast addict. I am currently binging this one and I’m up to the Black Dahlia episode and I feel compelled to leave a review because this true crime podcast is the best. There’s nothing left to say.

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Festivus Miracle

Call in section about the porn watching and the babysitter
The kids were in 4th grade not fourteen

caitsope ,

GREAT True Crime Podcast

Well researched, well written, well spoken. Love how they set the scene at the beginning with the songs on the radio etc at the time; love that they’ve done the “extra” episodes for Killing Time rather than keeping it on each episode. Their first degree guests are always good, and the dialogue between all 3 hosts is just perfect. Great job girls & goth!

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