255 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 • 8.4K 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!)

    BONUS: KILLING TIME: QUEEN FOR A DAY

    BONUS: KILLING TIME: QUEEN FOR A DAY

    This week the girls and the goth learn all about Henry VIII’s 6 wives (victims) and all of his bizarre medieval gaslighting. They debate bartender gatekeeping, iced water vs room temp, and if it’s an abomination for servers to call tap water “sink water”. Fun fact: did you know catfishing was invented in the 1500s?

    • 41 min
    Episode 196: Marie “Lisa” Peak, Part 1

    Episode 196: Marie “Lisa” Peak, Part 1

    In the fall of 1975, Lisa Peak is a freshman journalism student at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa when she is trapped into a sex trafficking extortion ring run by a sick and twisted man named John Carmody. After months of abuse, Lisa goes to the police and helps secure a conviction against him. With Carmody behind bars, Lisa tries to move on with her life - she decides to write a book about her experiences and she re-enrolls at Wartburg. But only one day after she moves into the all girls dorm, Lisa goes missing. In episode 196, Jac, Alexis, and Billy examine Marie “Lisa” Peak’s disappearance and her time as a member of John Carmody’s “Family”.

    • 42 min
    BONUS: KILLING TIME: DOH!

    BONUS: KILLING TIME: DOH!

    This week the girls and the goth learn about all the wild predictions The Simpsons made throughout the years. They debate unpacking your suitcase right away, nacho cheese, and judging people by their book covers. PLUS! Is "you're not cool" the best dig ever?

    • 45 min
    Episode 195: Terror Begins at Home, Part 2

    Episode 195: Terror Begins at Home, Part 2

    In part one, our first degree Katie shared harrowing details of her relationship with her ex boyfriend Ryan, and the abuse and escalating violence she experienced first hand. By the time she left him, Katie was convinced that Ryan had the ability to kill... and she was right. In episode 195, Jac, Alexis and Billy learn what happened after Katie escaped this relationship, the victims who came after her, and the senseless murder that sent shockwaves through Mansfield and Ashland Ohio.

    • 52 min
    BONUS: KILLING TIME- WHAT'S IN THE BAG, NAPOLEON?

    BONUS: KILLING TIME- WHAT'S IN THE BAG, NAPOLEON?

    This week, the girls and the goth discuss espresso martinis, unsolicited guitar playing, and the magic of dueling piano bars. Also! A short talk about the Napoleon complex. Plus! Oops, we blew up your car!

    • 40 min
    Episode 194: Terror Begins at Home, Part 1

    Episode 194: Terror Begins at Home, Part 1

    Fifty seven women each month are shot and killed by intimate partners in America. An additional one million women in America have survived being shot by an intimate partner. How do we stop these perpetrators, and how can we avoid getting into relationships with them? The short answer is--We can’t. What we can do is educate ourselves in what behaviors to look out for, which is exactly the purpose of today’s episode. In episode 194, Jac, Alexis and Billy talk to Katie, a woman who survived one of these relationships, getting out of it just in the knick of time. And while she made it out alive, not everyone in this story did.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.4K Ratings

8.4K Ratings

waxwoman22 ,

Love it!

I look forward to this podcast every week. It is awesome, interesting, and feels like hanging out with friends. Now, Billy, let this be the last review you read. It is the truth!

carlyrenee67 ,

Look forward to this podcast every week!

I am a big fan of Murder Squad and Unraveled so I was pumped to find this podcast! I don’t know why it took me so long to find but I’ve been binging for a few months. On the stand is my fave! I LOVE Billy but it’s quite entertaining to hear the girls poke fun at him! 😆 I am enjoying the format of both shows during the week. It feels fresh and different!

Jane the big scary monster ,

Compelling and well done!

First, the dynamic among the three hosts is great fun. They’re smart, funny and sufficiently diverse to generate conversation. Then comes the subject matter and the storytelling. Peruse the past episodes and you’ll find more than one topic that will grab your attention. As with some other podcasts (like The Jordan Harbinger Show), even the titles that don’t immediately interest you will turn out to be truly fascinating.

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