143 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 • 5.9K 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.

    Ski Mask Rapist (Part 1 of 2)

    Ski Mask Rapist (Part 1 of 2)

    A young woman is on the phone with her boyfriend, who is out of town on a business trip. She is home alone. She feels a chill, and goes to the thermostat to turn up the heat. But it’s on full blast? Then she looks at the window and realizes why the chill—it’s open, and outside, underneath it is a chair. She runs out of the house, and a swarm of cops run out of the bushes? What the hell is going on? In episode 139, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of the Ski Mask Rapist, and how his reign of terror left more than two dozen survivors in its wake.

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    • 41 min
    CATHY CALLAHAN

    CATHY CALLAHAN

    A young girl watches her mother as she answers the phone. She can tell by her body language that something isn’t right. But she had no idea how the world of her family was about to be turned upside down. In episode 138, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the attitudes of domestic violence in the 1970s and the case of Cathy Callahan.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Kelsie Schelling, Part 2

    Kelsie Schelling, Part 2

    Last week we took you through the Feb 4th, 2013 disappearance of 21-year-old Kelsie Schelling. She was on her way to visit her boyfriend—the father of her unborn baby. Based on all the evidence, seemingly everyone believe they knew he was responsible. But the Pueblo police department refused to act . On episode 137, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the story of Donthe Lucas and Kelsie Schelling.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Kelsie Schelling (part 1 of 2)

    Kelsie Schelling (part 1 of 2)

    22-year-old Kelsie Schelling has just learned that she was pregnant. She texted a picture of the ultrasound to her boyfriend, Donthe Lucas and drove two hours to see him. Then she disappeared. In episode 136, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin to tell the dark tale of Donthe and Kelsie

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Dana Laskowski, Part 3

    Dana Laskowski, Part 3

    The police are zeroing in on the unlikeliest of suspects in Dana’s murder—Dana’s favorite niece and her niece’s best friend. But they still don’t know what actually happened that night. And they don’t know which one of them had the motive and means to kill her. Loose lips...and pages in a journal may lead them to answers. In episode 135, Jac, Alexis and Billy complete the twisted tale of the murder of Dana Laskowski.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dana Laskowski, Part 2

    Dana Laskowski, Part 2

    36-year-old Dana Laskowski has been found strangled to death in her home—and there are no shortage of suspects. Her ex-husband, her boyfriend, and her new lover. The police attempt to pull on every string to find the killer. But they have no idea what they are about to find. In episode 134, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve deep into the investigation of who killed Dana, and arrive at a suspect that will shock you.

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.9K Ratings

5.9K Ratings

Kittykat345678899 ,

Great dynamic

I’ve been hooked since I listened to the first episode. At first I couldn’t tell Jac and Alexis apart and tended to skip through the Killing Time but years later, I’m happy to say I kept listening and can’t miss an episode. Their dynamic is amazing and I love the way they break up stories and tell them between the three. The banter is entertaining to say the least and I love that I feel like I’m actually friends with them.

Kayebree ,

Good concept but hosts are lacking

The podcast has a unique and intriguing approach to true crime: extended interviews/comments from a real life person who was affected by the crime discussed. However, all three of the hosts are pretty awful and would benefit from some training in speaking/broadcasting. While the production of the interview segments seems well done, the rest of the podcast is very amateurish as the hosts read their scripts like grade schoolers called upon by the teacher to read passages from a textbook. The worst part is the banter between the three: absolutely awkward and cringe inducing.

lindsey611 ,

Great content, but the episodes drag on

I love the unique, widely unfamiliar stories + the addition of first degree accounts! But it is frustrating that so many episodes are unnecessarily split into multiple episodes — making each episode seem to be filled with very little true content. Instead of covering lots of content, most of the episodes are filled with killing time, ads, and banter at the beginning and end of each episode. I would love to see these episodes be more fast paced and hold more content.

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