96 episodes

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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    • True Crime
    • 4.7, 4.5K Ratings

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.

    Lorena Bobbitt

    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.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Jim & Sandy Melgar

    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.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Jodi Arias: The Trial

    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.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Jodi Arias: The Investigation

    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.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    TRAVIS ALEXANDER & JODI ARIAS

    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.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Serial Killer Bruce Mendenhall

    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.

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.5K Ratings

4.5K Ratings

Katy1516 ,

Just ok

Seems on par with Crime Junkie, only it’s unscripted. The edits are a little bit weird... you can tell where snippets were cut and pieces together sometimes. It’s jarring.

Megelisa ,

Obsessed.

I’ve listened to every single episode, including this week. I listen while im at work and honestly im sad that i caught up because I have to wait each week now. I absolutely love this trifecta of humans. This podcast introduced me to Alexis and Billy. I’ve been a Jac fan since Myspace. Haha. Alexis is smart and gives great opinions towards her thoughts on things, and I love that. I don’t understand the complaints towards her at all. People are way too harsh.

Anyway, I absolutely love you guys. I tell everyone to listen and Im a forever Firstie. 👍🏼 now i need to snag a smokey the bear tshirt.

bvermillion ,

Favorite

Love love this podcast! I’m a true crime junkie! Love watching snapped, 20/20 and this podcast tops off my week!

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