78 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

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.

    The Runaway Murders

    The Runaway Murders

    A mother and her two children seemingly disappear from their home in rural Missouri. An officer searching for them from the air spots something strange floating in a pond near their house. When he lands and investigates, a horrific nightmare begins to reveal itself. On episode 75, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore a case that begins in the countryside of Missouri, spans the United States with a national manhunt, and ends with two perpetrators confessing to one of the most sickening crimes—and one of the most brutal causes of death—ever covered on The First Degree

    • 1 hr
    Melissa Duran

    Melissa Duran

    Aurora Duran was busy getting her children ready for school when she heard a commotion at her front door. When she went to investigate, she saw two men dragging her 17-year-old daughter out of the house and into a waiting car. It was the stuff of nightmares for any parent. On episode 74, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into one of the most unique cases—and speak with one of the most unique guests— in First Degree history.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Father Eric Freed

    Father Eric Freed

    On New Year's Day of 2014, the parishioners of St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church were waiting patiently for morning mass to commence in Eureka, California. Father Eric Freed was slated to lead services, but when he failed to show up that morning, concern began to fill the room. Worry grew to panic when a horrific discovery was made in the church rectory. On episode 73, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the case, recount the bizarre events that proceeded the crime, and attempt to find a motive in a case of senseless violence.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Polly Klaas

    Polly Klaas

    On today’s very special New Years Day episode, Jac, Alexis, and Billy revisit one of the nations most infamous child abduction cases. On October 1, 1993, s 12-year-old girl was abducted from her room during a slumber party. Her name was Polly Klaas, and abduction and murder were a catalyst to vast policy reform.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Kenny Ratzlaff (Alexis has ANOTHER First Degree)

    Kenny Ratzlaff (Alexis has ANOTHER First Degree)

    On episode 71 of the first degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss Alexis' most recent first degree connection which acts as a chilling reminder for the fact that a murderer could be hiding in your family whether you realize it or not.

    • 52 min
    Margaret Cho

    Margaret Cho

    Comedian Margaret Cho joins Jac, Alexis and Billy to tell the harrowing tale of how she found out a former romantic flame had taken a turn towards darkness. The story begins on a high note: Cho in Hollywood for her big break, a sit-com based on her life. Living the dream and working on the show, an accomplished TV writer caught her eye. The relationship never went far, but years later, Cho happened to google his name. His description had changed a bit. Now it read: American sit-com writer, television producer, and convicted murderer. On episode 70, Cho and our hosts explores her intimate connection to a man who went on to kill his own wife, hiding her body in his attic for weeks until he was caught

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

HearherW ,

Great take on True Crime

Love the podcast; quickly in my top 3 go to podcasts. I appreciate the different points of view and the banter (like an older brother and his favorite sisters). Misophonia is a thing but it’s not Alexia’s fault; it’s all resolved a few episodes in.

Momma4henns ,

American Eagle

I recently discovered your podcast thanks to my girls at For Crying Out Loud! I’ve been binge listening from the first episode and just finished Ashlea Ann Harris...fascinating and disgusting! But my comment is for Billy, who mentioned several times his surprise at the amount of cash used at American Eagle. Even though he and many other adults wear their jeans, I think it is predominantly a teen/young adult clientele who are cashing pay checks or using tips and babysitting money to shop, not credit cards. Love your podcast and have recommended to several others already with a pre-warning about the sound (although I have heard FAR worse sound on others) for the first few episodes :) The premise is great for true crime and you are fun to listen to even if the subject is a little dark!

Planealabama ,

Practice

Practice reading these stories before you record or broadcast them. These people constantly trip up on words and fumble with the story. Other than that it could have been good.

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