The First Degree

By Alexis Linkletter, Jac Vanek, Billy Jensen

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Lauren W
 Feb 14, 2020
Love this podcast so much! I binged all the episodes and now have to wait weekly to get new episodes. the banter between these 3 are professional, hilarious, and loving! 🤣🤣 You guys are a fantastic trio.


 Oct 5, 2019

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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 Date
BONUS: KILLING TIME: QUEEN FOR A DAY
00:41:24

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?

May 19, 2022
Episode 196: Marie “Lisa” Peak, Part 1
00:42:39

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”.

May 18, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME: DOH!
00:45:17

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?

May 12, 2022
Episode 195: Terror Begins at Home, Part 2
00:52:02

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.

May 11, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- WHAT'S IN THE BAG, NAPOLEON?
00:40:41

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!

May 05, 2022
Episode 194: Terror Begins at Home, Part 1
00:56:10

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.

May 04, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- ALIEN AUTOPSY
00:48:05

This week the girls and the goth explore UFO conspiracies and one of the most popular extraterrestrial snuff films of all time. They debate joint Facebook accounts, estate sales, and geese. Plus Catfishing tips!

Apr 28, 2022
Episode 193: Mass Murderer John Doe, Part 2
00:56:46

We conclude with part 2 of our story about the attention-hungry mass murderer who ruined and stole the lives of so many in his pursuit of name recognition and infamy.

Apr 27, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- FESTIVAL FAILZ
00:49:35

This week the girls and the goth go down the rabbit hole of the biggest festival disaster of all time. They debate Eric Church bailing on his job to watch college basketball, Coachella 2022, and talking on speaker phone while going #2. QOTD: do you pull your pants down to your ankles when you go to the bathroom?

Apr 21, 2022
Episode 192: Mass Murderer John Doe, Part 1
00:50:13

On April 23, 2018, a 25 year old man commits the worst mass murder in Canadian history since 1989 by driving a Chevy cargo van down busy sidewalks and streets in the business district of Toronto, striking anyone and everything in his path. In less than 10 minutes, the man takes the lives of 10 innocent victims, and severely injures 16 more. In episode 192, Jac, Alexis, and Billy discuss the Toronto Van Attack, and how one man’s actions left an entire city traumatized. 

Apr 20, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!
00:50:50

This week the girls and the goth dive into Boston Corbett, the elusive hipster who killed John Wilkes Booth during Billy’s childhood. They debate canned cocktails, crowding gates at airports, and Billy’s disdain for trending tiktok sounds!

Apr 14, 2022
Episode 191: Kay Gosewisch
00:53:05

On July 31, 2020, concerned neighbors contact authorities after not seeing their 73 year old neighbor since mid-April. Mail is piling up, her yard is no longer meticulously maintained, and she’s not answering phone calls or texts. Authorities conduct a welfare check, and find nothing amiss. 19 days later, they’re contacted by the 73 year old woman’s bank - someone has been illegally accessing her accounts. By August 31, authorities finally have enough evidence to enter the woman’s home, but what they found inside was enough to creep out even the most seasoned detectives. In episode 191, Jac, Alexis, and Billy detail the murder of Kay Gosewisch, and try to make sense of why anyone would want to take her life.

Apr 13, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- HELLO HOWARD
00:39:46

This week the girls and the goth learn about the infamous Clay the Serial Killer, who confessed to a dozen murders on the Howard Stern Show. They debate automatic hand dryers, fries and frosties, and shopping cart abandoners. Plus, Alexis decides that skin is IN! 

Apr 07, 2022
Episode 190: Andrea Nance
00:48:54

It was approaching midnight on the evening of March 8th, 2004 when Julie realized something was wrong. Her best friend Andrea was supposed to meet her when she was done with work—but she was a no show. In the days that followed, news of what happened to Andrea would spread through Columbus, and a massive search for would ensue. In episode 190, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell one of the saddest stories they’ve ever told, as the best friend of Andrea tries to make sense of an utterly senseless crime.

Apr 06, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- PARIS IS 4 LOVERZ
00:55:05

This week the girls and the goth learn about the dark side of the Eiffel Tower. They debate Avril Lavigne, forgiving student loans, and creating your own lane. Also, do you think pick pocketers are magicians or no?

Mar 31, 2022
Episode 189: Sydney Sutherland
00:46:59

On August 19, 2020, a 24 year old woman goes for her daily run in rural Jackson County, Arkansas. When she doesn’t return home, her boyfriend alerts the police and a massive search begins. Two days later, a man takes his 28 year old stepson to the police station, believing he has information on the woman’s disappearance. After finding blood on the 28 year old man’s truck, police search his phone’s GPS history and find he was in the area when the woman disappeared. Police go to the GPS coordinates, and mere yards away, find the woman’s body buried in a field. The killer says it was an accident that got out of hand, but police say otherwise. What is the truth? In episode 189, Jac, Alexis, and Billy detail the murder of Sydney Suthlerand at the hands of an old classmate, Quake Lewellyn. 

Mar 30, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- HOUDINI HANDCUFFS
00:45:54

This week the girls and the goth dive into the strange life and stranger death of Harry Houdini!  They debate half birthdays, what to do with leftover haircut hair, and is dipping fries in cheese blasphemy?  Plus learn how to become a lawyer in just one night!

Mar 24, 2022
Episode 188: Gary Wayne Puckett, Part 2
00:48:51

On September 28th, 1997, a 35 year old woman is viciously attacked in a rest area bathroom in North Dakota. She miraculously survives and provides police with a description of her attacker, who is tracked down within hours. Soon after, authorities realize the attacker is not only a registered sex offender, but also the suspect in multiple Washington state murders. But is the attacker actually responsible for all of the murders? In episode 188, Jac, Alexis, and Billy discuss the crimes of Gary Wayne Puckett and try to figure out if he's a serial killer.

Mar 23, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- ST. PADDY'S
00:58:31

This week the girls and the goth throw on their green garb to celebrate St. Paddy's day! They share some bizarre shit that has happened on the lucky day over the years, and debate Irish Car Bombs, outdoor seating, and pinching someone for not wearing green. Plus, does Billy own a merkin? Listen to find out!

Mar 17, 2022
Episode 187: Gary Wayne Puckett, Part 1
00:50:46

On September 23rd, 1997, a 52-year-old woman named Alice and her golden retriever vanished from the Cedar River trail outside Kent, Washington. Alice’s husband and daughter retraced her steps and searched for her… later learning that they may have encountered her killer on the trail. Soon after, authorities realize the attacker is not only a registered sex offender, but could be connected to other violent crimes in the surrounding area. In episode 187, Jac, Alexis, and Billy deconstruct the curious case of Gary Wayne Puckett, and the trail of errors that set him free.

Mar 16, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- ONION NUGGETS
00:42:36

This week the girls and the goth dive into the concept of fingerprints. Are they truly unique special snowflakes?? They debate mayonnaise, McDonalds fried onion balls, and menu hacking? Plus, is stealing clothes to wear to church okay or nah?

Mar 10, 2022
Episode 186: Meriam Kurosawa
00:43:52

A 22 year old Filipina woman marries a 44 year old Air Force Sergeant. They have three children together, and everything seems fine in the marriage…until the Sergeant almost dies in two separate incidents. The woman now worries she’ll be left widowed and raising three children on her own. She ends her marriage with the Sergeant, and both start fighting for full custody. But years and thousands of dollars later, neither parent has full custody, so one decides to take matters into their own hands. In episode 186, Jac, Alexis, and Billy examine the murder-suicide that left both Kurt and Meriam Kurosawa dead.

Mar 09, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME - ESCAPE PLAN
00:45:10

This week the girls and the goth dive into the most infamous prison escapes, including the lil sweetie himself, John Dillinger! They debate pig parking, exclamation points, and the 4 day work week. Plus, should you smear poop on your moms new boyfriend?  Find out now!

Mar 03, 2022
Episode 185: Katie Filiberti
00:38:06

On March 18, 2011, an 18 year old woman goes to a house party with her boyfriend. The next day, her body is found in a creek. Five months later, the killer is arrested, and when the public finds out who it is, they’re shocked. In episode 185, Jac, Alexis, and Billy detail the case of Kathryn “Katie” Filiberti and how her murder affected the small town of Hyde Park, New York.

Mar 02, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- THE QUEEN IS DEAD
00:49:13

This week the girls and the goth discuss that one time (earlier that day) that Billy accidentally started a rumor that the Queen of England died! They debate champagne on ice, FaceTiming in public, and talking with emojis. Bonus chat about President Bush barfing on the Japanese Prime Minister!

Feb 24, 2022
Episode 184: Jeffrey Milo Burks
00:49:16

In 1974, a young man commits a senseless murder, and is sentenced to seven years to life. 10 years later, the man is eligible for parole and is awaiting transfer to the prison where he’ll finish serving his time. But on March 24, 1984, all of those plans are destroyed when two knife-wielding inmates murder another inmate over a personal matter. In 1987, due to incompetence and corruption, the actual murderers are acquitted, and the soon-to-be paroled man is convicted. 35 years later, the innocent man is still sitting behind bars. In episode 184, Jac, Alexis, and Billy discuss the wrongful conviction of Jeffrey Milo Burks, and try to make sense of why he hasn’t been exonerated yet.

Feb 23, 2022
BONUS: BEST OF KILLING TIME
00:39:01

This week the girls and the goth reminisce about their favorite Killing Time moments. From Ted Bundy's sock obsession to Payne Lindsay’s secret life as a boy band member to trick or treating for baked beans, this episode has something for everyone! 

Feb 17, 2022
Episode 183: Dee Dee Blanchard
00:48:24

A woman and her disabled daughter relocate to Missouri after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. They become local celebrities after residents hear what the mother and daughter have been through. For years, the community rallies around them, gathering donations, organizing fundraisers, and more. Then one day, out of nowhere, the mother is found murdered and her disabled daughter is nowhere to be found. A frantic search for the girl begins, and when she’s found, authorities realize everything people have come to know about this mother and daughter duo is a complete lie. In episode 183, Jac, Alexis, and Billy example what led Gypsy Blanchard to murder her mother Dee Dee.

Feb 16, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- VALENTINE VAMPIRES
00:39:56

This week the girls and the goth get in the romantic mood and get to the bottom of the dark history of Valentine’s Day! They debate sending carnations in elementary school, buying yourself flowers just cuz….and why is Billy so obsessed with sexy vampires?

Feb 10, 2022
Episode 182: Charlie Oppenneer & Brooke Slocum
00:50:45

An eight month pregnant teenager and her boyfriend post an ad on Craigslist, hoping to trade sex for cash. A user named “Mike's Hard” reaches out, and they make plans to meet at a local park. The couple leave their apartment and drive to the park, but they never return home. Four days later, the boyfriend is found decapitated in the park, near his abandoned car. The pregnant girlfriend is nowhere to be found. Investigators track down Mike's Hard, but they’re too late - he’s already taken the girlfriend's life, along with his own. But that’s not where this story ends - once investigators step inside Mike's Hard’s house, they discover a scene ripped straight out of a horror movie. In episode 182, Jac, Alexis, and Billy examine the relationship between Brooke Slocum and Charlie Oppenneer, and how they crossed paths with the deranged Brady Oestrike. 

Feb 09, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
00:40:06

This week the girls and the goth learn about the spooky circumstances surrounding Buddy Holly and the Day The Music Died.  They debate bands “selling out”, gen-z TikTok trends, and the atrocity that is fake pockets.  Now go throw on “American Pie” for old times sake!

Feb 03, 2022
Episode 181: Alyssa Bustamante
00:53:35

A 9 year old girl goes to play with her 6 year old neighbor. She’s supposed to be home by 6:00pm, but she never comes back. Hundreds of people search for the girl in 60 acres of dense woods located behind the girl’s home, but there’s no sign of her. Investigators start focusing on the neighbor’s 15 year old sister as a suspect in the disappearance. They bring her in for questioning, and she confesses to killing the girl for a reason that is beyond belief. In episode 181, Jac, Alexis, and Billy explore the senseless and brutal murder of Elizabeth Olten.

Feb 02, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- DANTE'S INFERNO
00:45:58

This week the girls and the goth go to hell, literally!  In this Inferno themed episode, they travel through the 9 circles of hell, and throw out which celebs they’d like to meet in each.  They debate the “we need to talk text”, being a traitor to small businesses, and crying on Instagram. Which circle of hell do you think you’ll go to??

Jan 27, 2022
Episode 180: Kaila Tran
00:55:25

A 26 year old Winnipeg woman leaves her apartment and walks to her car. As she opens the door, she is attacked by a man with a knife and stabbed over 30 times. The attacker flees, the woman dies, and a police search ensues. A few days later, a man calls the police and says he was with the killer when the woman was murdered - she was killed to pay off a large drug debt, and the person who ordered the hit was the woman’s boyfriend. Police arrest the killer and the woman’s boyfriend, but none of their stories add up. Who is telling the truth? In episode 180, Jac, Alexis, and Billy explore what happened to Kaila Tran and try to make sense of why she was the target of such a brutal attack.

Jan 26, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME: ONE MORE SONG!
00:40:36

This week the girls and the goth discuss all of the bizarre ways live shows can go wrong. They debate the concept of mosh pits, taking videos of the concert to post on Instagram, and Alexis’ disdain for t-shirt guns. Also, bet ya didn’t know that Ozzy Osbourne prefers doves over bats!

Jan 20, 2022
Episode 179: The Gainesville Ripper Part 3
00:49:38

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.

Jan 19, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME: OH, THE HORROR!
00:44:38

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. 

Jan 13, 2022
Episode 178: The Gainesville Ripper Part 2
00:44:20

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.

Jan 12, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- THAT'S SO 90s
00:49:59

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?

Jan 06, 2022
Episode 177: The Gainesville Ripper Part 1
00:39:08

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.

Jan 05, 2022
BONUS: KILLING TIME- NEW YEAR NEW US
00:50:37

This week the girls and the goth reminisce on all of the bullshit 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).

Dec 30, 2021
Episode 176: See Ya 2021
00:48:19

The very last episode of The First Degree of 2021 is dedicated to the biggest true crime headlines of the year. The trio discusses everything from the bodies discovered during the Gabby Petito case to the recent arrest in the Shopping Cart Killer and more. Plus we play voicemails from our Firsties about their takeaways from the year and hopes for 2022.

Dec 29, 2021
BONUS: KILLING TIME- A FESTIVUS MIRACLE
00:46:29

This week the girls and the goth celebrate the very sacred holiday of Festivus! They debate unsolicited gift lists, giving cash as a present, and THE most controversial Christmas song. Plus, the infamous Harry Potter pants shitting story and the inception of BleakFest!

Dec 23, 2021
Episode 175: Happy Holidaze
00:37:06

Are you the kind of weirdo who is always trying to slip true crime facts into normal conversation? Well you’re in luck, because this week is an unconventional episode of TFD where the gang will supply you with little known tidbits you can talk about over holiday dinner with the fam! Plus they chat about their McDonalds orders, weird modern day cults, and Alexis’ porch pirate. 

Dec 22, 2021
KILLING TIME: SECRET SANTA
00:39:55

This week the girls and the goth get festive! They discuss different murders committed by Santa himself and debate secret Santa, wool sweaters, and of course… fruit cake.

Dec 16, 2021
Episode 174: Susan Heyliger
01:01:44

It’s closing time at the bar, so a 42 year old bartender checks the bathrooms to make sure they're empty, shoos the lingering patrons out the front door, then locks the deadbolt. Thinking she’s alone and safe in the bar, the bartender starts her list of closing duties. Then, out of nowhere, a man drops out of the ceiling - he is shocked to see the bartender - he thought the bar was empty. A struggle ensues and the bartender fights hard for her life, but the man eventually overcomes her. The man then robs the cash register and flees. He is not brought to justice for 21 years. In episode 174, Jac, Alexis, and Billy follow the long path it took to bring the killer of Susan Heyliger to justice.

Dec 15, 2021
KILLING TIME: THE STAIRCASE
00:47:33

This week the girls and the goth talk about Michael Peterson and dive into all of the bizarre theories surrounding Kathleen Peterson’s death. They debate wearing shoes in the house, hot cocktails, and when is the appropriate time to refill the ice tray?

Dec 09, 2021
Episode 173: Irene Katuran
00:57:11

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend. A month later, she files for a restraining order after her ex strangles her. Not long after, she is found brutally murdered in her bathroom - she’d been stabbed more than 34 times and sustained multiple blunt force injuries. A manhunt for her ex-boyfriend ensues, and he is arrested weeks later - 1,200 miles from home. He claims insanity at trial, but the jury doesn’t believe him. He’s sentenced to death. In episode 173, Jac, Alexis, and Billy explore the murder of Irene Katuran at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, David Gulbrandson. 

Dec 08, 2021
KILLING TIME: ANOTHER YEAR CLOSER TO DEATH
00:45:40

This week the girls and the goth celebrate the birthday of their very own Alexis Linkletter!  She takes a trip down memory lane to share some past dark birthday moments, and they debate surprise parties, sharing gift wish lists, and decorating before Thanksgiving.

Dec 02, 2021
Episode 172: Generro Sanchez
00:47:50

Jeana West received a call that is every mother's worst nightmare. Her son, Generro, who was off at college, was dead. From that moment, she began fighting an uphill battle to secure justice for her son and hold his murderer accountable. In episode 172, Jac, Alexis & Billy share the story of Generro Sanchez, and his mother's unrelenting quest to protect others from the suffering her family endured.

Dec 01, 2021
KILLING TIME: GOBBLE GOBBLE
00:41:00

This week the girls and the goth bitch about all things Turkey day. They learn about Thanksgiving murders over the years, and debate turducken, cranberry sauce, and keeping the TV on during dinner. 

Nov 25, 2021
Episode 171: Thanksgiving 2021
00:48:00

On this very special Thanksgiving episode of The First Degree, the gang chats about the forensic advancements, solved cold cases, and justice served that they are thankful for this year. They then hand the mic over to their amazing listeners (aka Firsties) to share what they are thankful for!

Nov 24, 2021
KILLING TIME: DRINK THE KOOL-AID
00:44:40

This week the girls and the goth get culty and talk all things Jonestown, from Jim Jones’ “F*ck Schedule” to his pet monkey Mr Bubbs. They debate cult uniforms, over-wearing sunglasses, and how we all know it was Flavor Aid.

Nov 18, 2021
Episode 170: Lola Blanc
00:53:52

A woman of LDS faith is excommunicated from her church. After three years of repentance, the woman moves halfway across the country to Utah with her daughter and sons. In Utah, the woman attends an LDS singles dance, and that’s where she meets a man claiming to be the true prophet. After indoctrinating the woman and her daughter, the woman is forced into sex trafficking, which lasts for months until a “customer” realizes what’s really going on. The “customer” gets the woman out of the horrifying situation, and she and her daughter leave the cult. In episode (170), Jac, Alexis, and Billy talk to Lola Blanc about how she and her mother, Christine, believed in a false prophet, and how that affected their lives.

Nov 17, 2021
KILLING TIME: PISTORIUS
00:46:07

This week the girls and the goth are analyzing the infamous Oscar Pistorius case, from the step by step recap of what happened on Feb 14, 2013, to why it’s so hard to prove intent in court. They debate table cloths, demolishing historic buildings, and the annoyance of lawn mowers.

Nov 11, 2021
Episode 169: Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde
00:41:55

Once the quintessential cheerleader in high school, a 30 year old woman’s life is nothing like it used to be. The husband she had a tumultuous relationship with has died, and she’s turned to drugs. She starts dating another 30 year old drug user, and while she has a prior criminal history, it’s nothing like her boyfriend’s. Within five days of becoming Facebook official, the new couple heads off on a 10 day multi-state crime spree. Along the way, they acquire the nickname “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde”. In episode 169, Jac, Alexis, and Billy delve into why Brittany Harper was willing to risk her life to join Blake Fitzgerald on a crime spree ending in tragedy.

Nov 10, 2021
KILLING TIME WITH BAILEY SARIAN
00:45:04

This week the girls and the goth interrogate the iconic Bailey Sarian! They chat about Bailey’s introduction to true crime as a kid, debate who killed JonBenet, and she confesses the worst thing she’s ever done!

Nov 04, 2021
Episode 168: Brandon Brown
00:49:12

A senior in high school suffers an injury that puts an end to his dream of playing college basketball. His life spirals out of control, and one night in 2008, he finds himself pointing a gun at a bouncer outside a Portland, Maine bar. He fires one shot, hitting the bouncer, a sniper with the Marines, in the chest. The bouncer is left paralyzed below the waist, and the shooter goes to prison for attempted murder. While there, the shooter becomes the first inmate to enroll in a graduate program, where he starts a groundbreaking study into rehabilitating prisoners. By 2020, the shooter has made so many strides, that the bouncer supports the shooter’s application for clemency. In Episode 168, Jac, Alexis, and Billy recount the story of Brandon Brown’s redemption after he shot and paralyzed James Sanders.

Nov 03, 2021
KILLING TIME: SPOOKY SZN
00:46:24

This week the girls and the goth celebrate a SPOOKY week with a Halloween themed episode of Killing Time! They learn about different Halloween murders over the year and debate healthy Halloween snacks, teenagers trick or treating, and the glorious 100 Grand candy bar.

Oct 29, 2021
Episode 167: Jesse & Brad
00:55:20

Episode Title: Jesse & Brad A chance encounter in a Wal-Mart parking lot leads to two nights of partying…before things take a dark and unexpected turn. On episode 167, Jac, Alexis & Billy tell a harrowing tale of taunting texts, betrayal, a near death encounter and a horror movie turned real.

Oct 29, 2021
KILLING TIME: JAC’S ENGAGED!!!
00:53:10

This week the girls and the goth celebrate Jac and Jared getting engaged in a wedding themed episode of Killing Time! Jac and Alexis take you through the night of the proposal and try to put the blurry pieces together one of the best and most nerve wracking nights of Jac’s life!

Oct 29, 2021
Episode 166: Linda Stoltzfoos
00:57:00

A young Amish girl goes missing while walking home from church. Because the police aren’t sharing any details, people come up with theories on what happened. Some think the girl ran away to escape the strict confines of her religion, others think something more sinister happened. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, an arrest is made. But police still don’t know where the girl is, and they won’t find out for nine months. In episode 166, Jac, Alexis, and Billy examine what happened to Linda Stoltzfoos, and how her disappearance affected both the Amish and English communities.

Oct 29, 2021
KILLING TIME: CANNIBALISM
00:57:37

This week, the girls and the goth are talking cannibalism: from Jeffrey Dahmer to the Donner Party to weird dudes who eat body parts in the name of art. They put pumpkin spice, candy corn, and white chocolate on the stand, and get VERY involved with a Worstie’s threesome gone bad.

Oct 29, 2021
Episode 165: Amy Vick Part 2
00:44:22

By the time Tony Vick was 31 years old, he had been prosecuted for fraud, suspected of arson, had become a cult leader, and had collected more than 500k in life insurance payouts resulting from the death of those closest to him. Somehow, Tony had evaded consequences for these sins-- despite the cloud of suspicion that had hovered over him...That is, until the inexplicable disappearance of his second wife, 39-year-old Kathy Beadle. In episode 165, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part 2 of the curious case of Tony Vick.

Oct 29, 2021
KILLING TIME WITH PAYNE LINDSEY
00:51:52

This week the girls and the goth have an epic chat with their friend Payne Lindsey, host of the Up and Vanished podcast! They talk about all things involving Season 3 of the podcast, focusing on Ashley Loring Heavyrunner and missing and murdered Indigenous women. The crew then gets silly and dives into fan questions for Payne and end up revealing an incredible nugget from his past.

Oct 29, 2021
Episode 164: Amy Vick Part 1
00:44:16

A man finds his wife unconscious in a bathtub, just a few months after he was diagnosed with cancer. Friends and family grieve for him—but what they don’t know is that he has a history of being an elaborate scam artist. In episode 164, Jac, Alexis and Billy uncover the bizarre tale of a criminal who rivals “The Jinx.”

Oct 06, 2021
KILLING TIME: CURSED CAR
00:48:59

This week, the girls and the goth revisit James Dean’s fatal car crash and the trail of destruction The Little Bastard caused post mortem. They debate backseat DJs, car phonecalls, and trunks filled with goodwill bags.

Sep 30, 2021
Episode 163: Vickie Edge
00:52:52

A Florida woman starts dating a man she met online, and after a quick courtship they start planning their future together. He promises her a house, a new car and the wedding of her dreams. For her, he was “Mr. Right.” How could anything go wrong? In episode 163, Jac, Alexis and Billy, reveal the startling details of this love story gone wrong.

Sep 29, 2021
KILLING TIME: PAUL IS DEAD
00:49:05

This week, the girls and the goth go back in time to 1969 when the “Paul Is Dead” hoax took over Beatlemania! They dive into all of the theories, secret messages, and easter eggs found in their albums and music. They also debate Cheesecake Factory, the top sheet, and...what the hell even is aioli?

Sep 23, 2021
Episode 162: Randall Mercier
00:47:16

Meaghan Rice was the most popular girl in school—and many thought she was the prettiest. Meaghan also had two boyfriends—David and Randall. When David said he was moving away, she concocted a bizarre plot to win his affection and make him stay. It involved a truck, a secret code word, a knife and an unthinkable act of brutality. In episode 162, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of a true high school nightmare.

Sep 22, 2021
KILLING TIME: MUSICAL TORTURE
00:57:57

This week, the girls and the goth talk all things musical torture. From the bizarre songs used to torture in the CIA, to what songs would drive us insane. We debate the Happy Birthday song, the French Horn, and Imagine Dragons. Also, what song would you want as your “final song”?

Sep 16, 2021
Episode 161: Simeonette Mapes
00:49:14

Two teachers fall in love after discovering their passion for education in one another. After coming home from running errands, the husband finds his wife dead at the bottom of their stairs with several stab wounds. He frantically calls 911, but there is no weapon and no suspect found at the scene. Was it a robbery gone wrong, or something much more sinister? In episode 161, Jac, Alexis and Billy, explore the lies and uncover the deception that led to the loss of an incredible woman's life.

 

Sep 15, 2021
KILLING TIME: TREMBLING LOINS
00:41:27

This week, the girls and the goth talk all about the dark history of Elvis, and it’s not what you think. They debate whether warm ketchup and hot guacamole are acceptable or not, and reminisce about finding out that Santa wasn’t real.

Sep 09, 2021
160: Noreen Schmid Boyle Part 3
00:40:29

After his mother’s body was found entombed in the basement of his father’s new house, Collier Boyle has no time to grieve—he now has to testify against his father in court. In episode 160, Jac, Alexis and Billy lay out the details of how Jack Collier planned the murder of his weeks, the brutal aftermath for a little boy who lost both his parents, and how he was able to carve out a life afterwards.

Sep 08, 2021
KILLING TIME: SAY MY NAME
00:46:22

This week the girls and the goth discuss the great London fire and weird serial killer names. They debate cold pizza, hangover cures, and creepy white vans. Plus, they need your help coming up with their serial killer monikers. Help them on Instagram!

Sep 02, 2021
159: Noreen Schmid Boyle Part 2
00:41:43

When Collier Boyle wakes up, his father tells him his mother has “gone on a little vacation.” But the 11~year old boy knew better. He knew his father was lying, and he was determined to find the truth. In episode 159, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell a tale of double lives, betrayal and a little boy working secretly with the police to bring his own father to justice.

Sep 01, 2021
KILLING TIME: BO$$ BABE
00:51:12

This week, the girls and the goth dig into the dark, predatory history of MLMs. They debate whether they love or hate water parks, read receipts, and clapping when the plane lands. Oh, and lots of trash talking Keith Ranierie!

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Aug 26, 2021
Episode 159: Noreen Schmid Boyle Part 1
00:32:55

A mother tells her 11-year-old son: “if I ever go missing, I would never leave you. But you need to know your father is dangerous.” After the boy hears a scream in the middle of the night, he wakes up to find his mother gone. In episode 159–one of the most intense First Degree stories they’ve ever encountered—Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of The Boyle Family.

Aug 25, 2021
KILLING TIME: SATANIC PANIC
00:39:42

This weekend, the girls and the goth are talking everything satanic panic. They dive into the West Memphis Three, why printed press matters, and is cereal a soup????

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Aug 19, 2021
Episode 158: The Shrout Family
00:42:15

On May 25, 1994, Sarah went to school like any other day. It was the last week of her 8th grade year and she intended to enjoy every moment of it. What was supposed to be an easy slide into summer took a turn towards tragedy when rumors began circulating through the halls. The violent events of that day would soon be revealed, hitting Sarah closer to home than she ever imagined. In episode 158, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by First Degree Sarah as they delve into the horrifying events of that day; dark interests, murder, kidnapping and a school packed with kids.

Aug 18, 2021
KILLING TIME: ICEBERG RIGHT AHEAD
00:40:55

This week, the girls and the goth dive into the dark, dark history of nursery rhymes! They also debate about who should take the armrest on airplane middle seats, iceberg lettuce, and Billy’s deep desire for human connection.

Aug 12, 2021
Episode 157: Jody Plauche Part 2
00:35:53

Police rescue Jody Plauche after he was kidnapped by his karate instructor—and learn the horrific details of what the 10-year-old boy endured at the hands of his captor. When it’s time for his abuser to be brought back to justice, camera crews capture his arrival at the airport—and capture a shocking moment of vigilante justice. In episode 157, Jac, Alexis and Billy are once again joined by Jody as they conclude the tale of Jeff Doucet, Gary Plauchet and Jody Plauchet.

Aug 11, 2021
KILLING TIME: THE PEOPLE'S SHOE
00:37:56

This week the girls call out the goth for complaining about his summer birthday, explore the many Marilyn Monroe conspiracy theories, the polarizing reputation of Birkenstocks (aka the peoples' shoe) and the lost art of stealth party exits.

Aug 05, 2021
Episode 156: Jody Plauche Part 1
00:41:23

In March of 1984, Jody Plauche made national headlines when he was abducted by his karate teacher, Jeff Doucet. A national manhunt ensued before police zeroed in on Motel more than 2,000 miles away. In episode 156, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Jody, who shares his story of betrayal, abduction, and ultimately, his rescue- which was far from the end of his harrowing experience.

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Aug 04, 2021
KILLING TIME: HANDSHAKES FROM HELL
00:41:10

This week, the girls and the goth dish on the sordid history of the royal family, the blasphemy of reserving a parking spot with your body, the two day Vegas time limit- and how handshakes should be banished eternally.

Jul 29, 2021
Episode 155: Peter Porco Part 2
00:52:20

When the police asked Joan Porco if it was her son who attacked her and her husband with an ax, she nodded yes. But when she came out of a three week coma, she said he had nothing to do with it. But the evidence is stacking against him. What do we believe?

Jul 28, 2021
KILLING TIME: SLIP N' SLIDE FROM HELL
00:46:33

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth talk about the history of 911 and react to a few classic 911 calls. Plus, they put Britney Spears' conservatorship on the stand, and have a spirited debate about cheese on chicken sandwiches. Later, they come up with new ways to increase male listenership. Billy will have to do a lot more work.

Jul 22, 2021
Episode 154: Peter Porco Part 1
00:46:50

A man doesn’t show up to his job. A co-worker goes to check on him and sees a smear of blood on the front door. Inside, he finds the man dead, his head bludgeoned. Upstairs, his wife is in bed, clinging to life. And under the covers is a bloody axe. Who could have done this? In episode 154, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin to unravel the horrifying tale of Peter and Joan Porco.

Jul 21, 2021
KILLING TIME: PASTA SMOOTHIES
00:47:31

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth dive into the bizarre murders in the happiest country in the world! Plus, they debate the Seinfeld finale, why people hate on women’s voices, and brainstorm a better replacement for paper / pasta straws. No penne Alfredo smoothies, please!

Jul 15, 2021
Episode 153: Alex Stevens Part 3
00:48:02

Megan Shaffer has been arrested for the murder of Alex Stevens. And after months of speculation, we finally hear what Megan says happened that night. She claims that she and Stevens went to the woods to burn possessions in a cleansing ritual. But then they fell off a cliff, both became injured and Stevens asked her to help take his own life. Will the jury believe her? In episode 153, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the tale of Alex Stevens and Megan Shaffer.

Jul 14, 2021
KILLING TIME: DATING SHOWS ARE BANANAS
00:45:42

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth take dating games, bridesmaids and bachelor parties to the stand. They also listen to another "worst thing I have ever done story" that involves a toothbrush.

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Jul 08, 2021
Episode 152: Alex Stevens Part 2
00:49:55

A woman who had gone missing breaks into a cabin and calls the police. She is naked, her back and shoulder broken. She tells them that she was with a friend and they fell off a cliff together. She tells them she’s still in the woods, and he didn’t make it. But when they find his naked body, they discover his throat has been slashed. In episode 152, Jac, Alexis and Billy continue the tale of Alex Stevens and Megan Shaffer, which now includes a possible motive.

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Jul 07, 2021
KILLING TIME: SOCKS IN THE CITY
00:45:02

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth take their listeners requests to the stand! It’s time to settle the debate once and for all about pineapple on pizza, wearing socks to bed, and if a hot dog is actually a sandwich (or is it simply just a meat sling?). They dive into bizarre pandemic crimes, and Billy's hat of sadness is mocked once again.

Jul 01, 2021
Episode 151: Alex Stevens Part 1
00:37:49

In the middle of the night, a man and a woman go missing in the woods of Savage River State Forest. Their friend finds their cars at the trailhead, along with a pet cat in a carrier, candles and a bottle of motor oil. The events that unfold over the next 24 hours will create one of the most perplexing cases in true crime. In episode 151, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the tale of Alex Stevens and Megan Shaffer.

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Jun 30, 2021
KILLING TIME: CAMP TRAUMA
00:43:44

This week, the girls, the goth and the ginger party like it’s the summer of 2001! We debate if Friends is funny or not, try to convince Bennifer to televise their wedding, and Jac reveals the bizarre “games” she played at church camp. This week's got Ted Bundy, King Henry the 8th, blowing up cars, heavy petting, and so much more.

Jun 24, 2021
Episode 150: Down the Stairs
00:59:32

News travels through a middle school in the Pacific Northwest—the wife of a well-liked teacher has died of a tragic accident. But when the police arrive at the scene, things just don’t add up. Then they check the search history on the computer. On episode 150, Jac, Alexis, Billy tell a tale of middle school teacher affairs, Craigslist threesomes and a sociopath hiding in plain sight.

Jun 23, 2021
KILLING TIME: BUTTCHEEKS OF JUSTICE
00:40:14

This week, the girls, the goth and the ginger do a deep dive into notorious crime cars. Billy gets booped, Lex gushes over the return of Costco samples, and Jac disparages the modern day loofah. Plus, you’ll never look at brushing your teeth the same way again.

Jun 17, 2021
Episode 149: Catholic Supply Store Killer Part 2
00:47:49

After being arrested for sexually assaulting two women, and killing a third woman at a Catholic supply store in St. Louis, Missouri, the authorities look deeper into their suspect. Could this horrific and brazen crime have been his only offense? In episode 149, Jac, Alexis and Billy investigate the other potential crimes of Thomas Bruce.

Jun 16, 2021
KILLING TIME: Killer Sound
00:44:52

This week on a very special musical themed Killing Time, the girls, the goth, and the ginger dish on Mario Lopez's 2 week marriage. Billy condemns late 90's alt bands, Lex defends Lil Nas X's sexual pants split, Jac leads the emo resurgence, and Jared mediates with his ginger locks and musical precision.

Jun 10, 2021
Episode 148: Catholic Supply Store Killer Part 1
00:44:41

In November, 2018, a 911 call comes in from a store in the suburbs of St. Louis. A man had just walked into the Catholic supply store with a gun. He ordered three women inside to perform sex acts on him. When one of them said no, he shot her in the head and then fled. In episode 148, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of the hunt for the rapist and killer, which ends with an arrest of a supposed man of god.

Jun 09, 2021
KILLING TIME: OH, THE PROFANITY!
00:42:21

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth defend crime podcast profanity, critique cold-calling without a heads-up text, and hard core call out Lori Vallow & Casey Anthony,

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Jun 03, 2021
Episode 147: Sabrina Bebb-Jones Part 2
00:44:53

31 year-old mother Sabrina Bebb-Jones is missing. Everyone thinks the husband knows something, but no one can prove anything. After a year, he sells the motel they owned together and moves to England to start his new life—as a professional poker player. In episode 147, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of how a discovery in the desert and a $100,000 poker win sealed the fate of a killer.

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Jun 02, 2021
KILLING TIME: LAST MEALS
00:56:08

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth talk about washing your legs in the shower, the utility of golf, whether the mullet is a good look, famous last meals, and human reviews.

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May 27, 2021
Episode 146: Sabrina Bebb-Jones Part 1
00:32:01

A young couple drops off their child with a babysitter for a quick romantic getaway to Dinosaur National Park. But when the trip is over, only the husband returns to pick up the child. His wife? He says she just got up and left him. In episode 146, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin a tale that includes a missing persons investigation, a move overseas, a big poker tournament win and a desert full of lies,

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May 26, 2021
KILLING TIME: Beware the Murder Hornets
00:47:38

This week on Killing Time, the girls and the goth dish on Scott Peterson theories, Jac's unreasonable love for bucket hats, the enigma that is Gwennyth Paltrow, murder hornets, and whether blindfolding your friend and leaving them in an abandoned warehouse is an appropriate birthday surprise.

May 20, 2021
Episode 145: A Murder in Cement
00:42:08

When word spread throughout Cement High School that Billie Joe Powell, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, had shot and killed her father—no one was sure if it was true. It was. But the reason why she did it would expose an entire system that failed to protect her. In episode 145, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of a teenage girl who fought back against the abuse her family suffered at the hands of her father.

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May 19, 2021
KILLING TIME: Jac Hates Birthday Weeks!
00:46:12

This week on Killing Time, Jac, Alexis and Billy talk about Jac's disdain for the adult birthday week, Billy argues that Hootie & The Blowfish are just as goth as The Cure, and pandemic accessorizing with Alexis.

May 13, 2021
Episode 144: A Murder in Ninnekah
00:35:17

A high school junior calls her boyfriend from a payphone in front of an abandoned convenience store—then she’s never heard from again. Her family begins a frantic search, which ends by the creek. In episode 144, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tragic small town horror story that forever changed the fabric of this community.

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May 12, 2021
KILLING TIME: Oh, The Humanity!
00:54:36

This week on Killing Time, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore historic explosions, secret underground tunnels, the many methods of execution, bare legs on airplanes, the cilantro controversy and Elon Musk's baby.

May 06, 2021
Episode 143: "The Formans"
00:45:40

A young mother fails to show up for work. Her husband says his wife, Clara, is sick. But a welfare check is conducted at her house. Her husband now says Clara left him and took the kids with her. The police conduct a search of the house anyway—and discover the truth. In episode 143, Jac, Alexis and Billy cover the tragic case of the Forman family.

May 05, 2021
Episode 142: Patricia Marquez
00:48:47

A couple’s argument at a local watering hole leads to an altercation. The drunk and belligerent man is asked to leave by the bar owner and a good samaritan. As he walks away, he vows revenge. In episode 142, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell a tale of how domestic violence can not only affects members of the family—but anyone in the vicinity.

Apr 28, 2021
Episode 141: Ski Mask Rapist Part 2
00:25:10

The conclusion of our two part series on The Bay Area Ski Mask Rapist.

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Apr 21, 2021
Episode 140: Ski Mask Rapist Part 1
00:32:05

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 140, 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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Apr 14, 2021
Episode 139: Cathy Callahan
00:53:32

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 139, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the attitudes of domestic violence in the 1970s and the case of Cathy Callahan.

Apr 07, 2021
Episode 138: Kelsie Schelling Part 2
01:05:57

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 138, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the story of Donthe Lucas and Kelsie Schelling.

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Mar 31, 2021
Episode 137: Kelsie Schelling Part 1
01:02:30

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 137, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin to tell the dark tale of Donthe and Kelsie

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Mar 24, 2021
Episode 136: Dana Laskowski Part 3
00:56:14

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 136, Jac, Alexis and Billy complete the twisted tale of the murder of Dana Laskowski.

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Mar 17, 2021
Episode 135: Dana Laskowski Part 2
00:52:46

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 135, 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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Mar 10, 2021
Episode 134: Dana Laskowski Part 1
00:53:51

A 36-year-old mother fails to show up to her nanny job. Police perform a welfare check and find her dead on the couch of her home—a home she just moved into one month prior. She had been strangled by what the medical examiner determined to be a very strong individual. But who? In episode 134, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of the murder of Dana Laskowski.

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Mar 03, 2021
Episode 133: Yousuf Rasmussen
00:55:32

It’s the night before Valentine’s Day. Police arrive at an Air Bnb to find a man on the floor, covered in blood, his neck slashed. Atop of him is a woman, covered in blood. Through her sobs she says two words “I’m sorry!” What happened? In episode 133, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the stabbing death of Yousuf Rassmussen allegedly at the hands of Sophia Negroponte—the daughter of a high-ranking diplomat—in a case that is still reverberating through the powerful corridors of Washington DC.

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Feb 24, 2021
Episode 132: Brent Fitch
00:50:13

An 18-year-old is found running down the street, screaming, naked and covered in blood. In the house she ran from the police find a horrific scene. In a case that seems cut and dry a dark turn emerges. In episode 132, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the case of Brent Fitch—the who, the where, and most importantly— the why.

Feb 17, 2021
Episode 131: Scout Schultz
00:54:59

A student who was thriving on campus, a leader in student groups, with a 3.9 GPA, is shot dead. A police officer is behind the barrel of the gun. On episode 131, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tragic tale of Scout Schultz, putting a spotlight on the need for mental health awareness and the need for resources on college campuses—as well as cities across the country.

Feb 11, 2021
Episode 130: The Swiss Cheese Pervert
01:04:05

A group of girls are driving home from a John Mayer concert when a man pulls up next to them. The man reaches out his hand, holding up a piece of Swiss cheese. In his hand: a piece of cheese. In his other hand...well, you get the picture. And this wasn’t the first time he did this. In episode 130, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the sordid, rancid tale of the Swiss Cheese Pervert, with the help of their first degree Kelsey, and a bonus special guest, Paul Holes.

Feb 03, 2021
Episode 129: DJ Fickey
00:54:12

DJ and Brandy fell in love. They got married and had three children. All seemed good until a guy named Mike entered the picture. A love triangle, physical altercations and a shotgun—Mike’s shotgun—followed. In episode 128, Jac, Alexis and Billy investigate the infuriating case of DJ Fickey.

Jan 27, 2021
Episode 128: The Andrews Family Part 3
00:46:18

In the shocking conclusion to the Andrews family story, a man has been arrested for their murder—a man who had a motive. His girlfriend was sleeping with Mr. Andrews. You will never guess how he tried to explain why his DNA was left at the house and why eyewitnesses spotted him at the scene. On top of that, you’re really not going to believe what happened on the jury. On episode 128, Jac, Alexis and Billy finish the horrific tale of the Andrews Family slaying.

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Jan 20, 2021
Episode 127: The Andrews Family Part 2
00:52:54

A husband and wife are found slain in their bedroom—him shot in the head, her beaten to death. Their two year old baby, with blood on his socks, is in the house all alone. The killer having called 911 and placed the phone in his tiny hands. Who could have done this? On episode 126, Jac, Alexis and Billy continue the horrific tale of the Andrews Family slaying in part two of their three part series on the case.

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Jan 13, 2021
Episode 126: The Andrews Family Part 1
00:45:28

The only sound on the 911 call sounded like an infant. Authorities entered the house and found a toddler. But where were his parents? It would take a search of the house to make a startling discovery. On episode 126, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the twisted tale of the Andrews Family slaying.

Jan 06, 2021
Episode 125: 2020 Is Almost Over
00:41:17

An extended Killin' Time episode where Jac, Alexis & Billy reflect and wax hopeful about 2021

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Dec 30, 2020
Episode 124: Festivus
00:47:54

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Dec 23, 2020
Episode 123: Malcolm Burrows Part 2
00:34:51

Malcolm Burrows is dead. Adam Braseel has been sent to a maximum security prison for his murder. He maintains he is innocent, but no few believe him--Until the cop who was at the murder scene reads a story about his trial. “Why wasn’t I called to the stand?” he wonders. The reason he wasn’t called is as baffling as it is sinister--and his questions set in motion an amazing revelation. In episode 123, Jac, Alexis and Billy bring you the conclusion to a case that truly is stranger than fiction.

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Dec 16, 2020
Episode 122: Malcolm Burrows Part 1
00:48:51

A woman is attacked in her own home by a man wielding a baseball bat. The man, wearing a white cap, runs out of the house and escapes in a gold car. The police are called to the scene, and find the woman’s brother dead on the side of the road. His skull is nearly split in two. A suspect is arrested. He is picked out of a lineup by the victim. He drives a gold car. He wears a white cap. Sounds cut and dry, right? Not so fast. In episode 122, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the extraordinary tale of Malcolm Burrows.

 

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Dec 09, 2020
Episode 121: Emma Walker
01:00:58

16-year-old Emma Walker and 18-year-old Riley Gaul had been together for two years and appeared to be the perfect couple, especially on social media. And they were- until they weren't. On episode 121 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore the case of 16-year-old Emma Walker.

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Dec 02, 2020
Episode 120: Thanksgiving
00:37:07
Nov 25, 2020
Episode 119: Westley Young
00:54:35

In 2006, a Myspace post began circulating among a group of friends in Stevens point Wisconsin. The claims made in the post were sinister, horrifying and suggested that a murder had taken place. The revelations that followed devastated the community, fractured a group of friends and left loved ones of the victim at a complete loss. On episode 119, Jac, Alexis & Billy profile and search for answers in the perplexing case of Westley Young.

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Nov 18, 2020
Episode 118: Coach Scully
00:59:31

A high school pole vaulting coach doesn’t show up for practice. His car is then found on the side of the roads near the woods, door open, keys still in the ignition. That’s just the beginning of this twisted case. In episode 118, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve deep into the story of Jeremy Scully, and uncover a tale of sex clubs, falling in love, jealousy and murder. Plus, talking dream talk show guests for Killing Time.

Nov 11, 2020
Episode 117: Stephen Perez
00:59:00

Imagine enlisting in the army before you even turn 18. You do two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, come back home to Boston and pursue a career in law enforcement. Then one night when you’re out with friends, words are exchanged with another group. A brawl ensues. And the unthinkable happens. On episode 117, Jac, Alexis and Billy investigate the murder of Stephen Perez. And if you stick around for Killing Time, you will finally learn what Alexis and Billy were up to on Long Island.

Nov 04, 2020
Episode 116: Dianne Hood Part 2
00:52:05

Diane Hood had been murdered in cold blood by her husband’s lover. That much is clear. But what everyone wants to know now is: Did she act alone, or did Diane’s husband come up with the idea? In episode 116, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the story of the Fatal Attraction killing, with tales of manipulation, mercy killings, a life insurance policy, and a man twisting Bible verses for evil.

Oct 28, 2020
Episode 115: Dianne Hood Part 1
00:52:37

Two women walk through a parking lot at night. They are accosted by a masked figure who demands their belongings. They comply. But as one of them runs away, she is shot in the back. The masked assailant then stands over her and shoots her in the chest, killing her. The police first think it’s a robbery gone wrong. But as they dig further, they find something far more sinister. In episode 115, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the Colorado Springs murder of Dianne Hood.

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Oct 21, 2020
Episode 114: Vicki Logan & Wanda Turner
00:55:29

Imagine being in college and getting a phone call--the police think one of your best friends from high school, a guy you thought of as a little brother-- murdered his mother and grandmother. Where would your mind go? Would you immediately think “this can’t be true” and go into help mode? Would you be defiant till the end? Or as the evidence piled up against him, would you finally accept it? In episode 114, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of Vicki Logan and Wanda Faye Turner.

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Oct 14, 2020
Episode 113: Oklahoma City Bombing Part 3
00:45:55

In episode 112, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part three of their series on The Oklahoma City Bombing.

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Oct 07, 2020
Episode 112: Oklahoma City Bombing Part 2
00:35:46

Imagine you just got married six weeks ago. You’re both secret service agents. You work in Phoenix. She works in Oklahoma City, but you are planning your next rendezvous soon. Then one morning, your beeper is filled with pages, one after another. All of them urgent. You learn the federal building in Oklahoma City has been destroyed by a terror attack. In episode 111, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by another first degree connected with the Oklahoma City Bombing, and they cover the crime scene investigation and capture of Timothy McVeigh.

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Sep 30, 2020
Episode 111: Oklahoma City Bombing Part 1
00:44:40

Depending on your generation, you have those defining moments of our childhood, where you can recall exactly where you were when it happened. For baby boomers, it's the Kennedy assassination, for GenX’rs, it's the Challenger explosion, for Millennials, its 9/11. But how you would feel if you were a child, watching the events unfold on TV, and not knowing if a loved one who was there at the site of one of these events was alive or dead. In episode 110, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the horror of one of the worst terror attacks in American history, the bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

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Sep 23, 2020
Episode 110: Mikey Keller
00:48:53

Imagine being one month away from going on your first plane ride. One month away from seeing the ocean for the first time...and then the opportunity is snatched away, forever. In episode 110, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the shocking murder of Mikey Keller, a crime that deals with conspiracy, betrayal, petty greed and a big screen TV.

Sep 16, 2020
Episode 109: Janet Downing Part 2
00:54:36

Janet Downing lay dying in her dining room. Dying from 98 stab wounds. The person arrested for murder was not an escaped mental patient. He was not the boogie man. He was her son’s best friend, the 15-year-old boy who lived across the street, who she had watched grow up. Were there any signs? Any warnings that this cherub-faced child had a bloodlust lurking inside him? Turns out, there very well might have been. In episode 109, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the investigation, and uncover disturbing stories about Eddie O’Brien leading up to the murder of Janet Downing.

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Sep 09, 2020
Episode 108: Janet Downing Part 1
00:56:31

It was the hang-out house in the neighborhood. All the kids would come by the Downing residence, visiting with 16-year old twins Ryan and Paul, chilling in the living room playing Sega, and being served snacks by the mom of the household, Janet Downing. But on the night of July 23rd, the house on Boston Street would become a horror scene. On episode 108, Jac, Alexis and Billy head to Somerville, Massachusetts to delve into the murder of Janet Downing—and uncover the neighborhood secrets that were hiding in plain sight.

Sep 02, 2020
Episode 107: Shannon Leigh Kos
00:53:22

When 12-year-old Shannon Leigh Kos disappeared on a Sunday afternoon, the police initially suspected that the rebellious 7th grader was just blowing off some steam and would be home soon. But after days of searching, they discovered the grim reality of what truly happened to Shannon. On episode 107, Jac, Alexis & Billy delve into the brutal, tragic, and utterly senseless events of October 8, 2000, and what transpired in a place called “ZombieLand”.

Aug 26, 2020
Episode 106: Pat & Bobbie McNeely
00:41:32

Can someone be born evil? Or is evil a product of your environment. The McFeelys had their hands full with their teenage grandson, Brian. The boy they had custody of was rambunctious and childish—and then he turned dangerous. He would go away, seemingly get better then come back and get worse. And then one day, the situation became deadly. On episode 106, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of mental illness, child protective services and unspeakable horror.

Aug 19, 2020
Episode 105: Seath Jackson
01:02:35

When Seath started dating Amber, the 15-year-olds shouted their love from rooftops—and across social media. But as high school romances are want to do, the relationship fizzled, and Amber began to stray. She ghosted Seath, then started posting pictures on facebook of her with another man. These events would lead to jealousy, rage, name-calling, betrayal, conspiracy and, ultimately, murder. On episode 105, Jac, Alexis and Billy head to Summerfield, Florida, for a twisted tale of love and revenge.

Aug 12, 2020
Episode 104: Colleen Ritzer
01:05:10

Two people fail to come home after a day at high school. One is a 14-year old student and soccer player who just moved into town. The other is a 24-year-old math teacher. After a frantic search, police access the school’s surveillance video and watch a gruesome horror story unfold. In episode 104, Jac, Billy and Alexis delve into the tragic story of Colleen Ritzer and Philip Chism.

Aug 05, 2020
Episode 103: The BTK Killer Part 3
01:14:10

It’s now 2004, and BTK has been lurking in the shadows of Wichita, Kansas for 30 years. The murders have stopped, and it looks like he got away with his crimes...until a newspaper publishes a story on the anniversary of his first murders. And the killer just can’t help himself. In episode 103, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore how Dennis Rader’s narcissism helped police track him down, how his own daughter unwittingly aided in his capture, and the “grand finale” murder he planned to commit right before he was captured. You will also hear the killer in his own words confess to the crimes.

Jul 29, 2020
Episode 102: The BTK Killer Part 2
01:07:50

After murdering five people, the killer known as BTK made his first contact with the media. But now he’s disappeared. For three long years would waits, before forcing his way into the home of a woman and slaying her while her children listened. Nine months later he would kill again, and continue to taunt the police, writing “Do the cops think that all those deaths are not related? Golly-gee yes the MO is different in each but look--a pattern is developing.” The pattern was laid out for all to see. But even when he resurfaces six years later to kill once more, the cops are clueless. In episode 102, Jac. Alexis and Billy are again joined by Denis Rader’s daughter Kerri, and they attempt to answer the question: how do the circumstances in a killer’s “normal” life change the way he chooses victims in his sadistic life.

Jul 22, 2020
Episode 101: The BTK Killer Part 1
01:06:38

A mother, father and their two children are found murdered in their Wichita, Kansas home. When a group of men falsely confess to the crimes, the real killer directs the police to a letter. He writes about the monster inside of him. The monster who needs to kill. “Maybe you can stop him. I can't. He has already chosen his next victim or victims. I don't know who they are yet. The next day after I read the paper, I will know, but it's too late. Good luck hunting.” In the 101st episode, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into one of the most twisted serial killers of all time, Denis Rader, who for forty years was known by the initials BTK. Their first degree guest is the killer’s daughter, Kerri Rawson, who had no idea the loving father who raised her was harboring a monster.

Jul 15, 2020
Episode 100: John Getreu
01:11:03

Two young women, their bodies beaten and strangled and found less than a mile from each other in the hills near Stanford University. For 40 years their killer went undetected. Then, during the hunt for the Golden State Killer, a name pops up on law enforcement’s radar: John Getreu. In episode 100, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of a family man, a boy scout leader, a loving father and grandfather who was attacking and murdering women for decades—and how he was finally captured.

Jul 08, 2020
Episode 99: Margaret Williams
00:54:12

A teenager is getting ready for a school dance. She’s quiet and shy but tonight, her friends are making her look and feel like a million bucks. It’s the summer of 1963, and they will all be dancing to the early strains of rock n roll. But for Margaret Willams, it would be the last dance she would ever attend. The next day her body would be found half naked on a nearby baseball field. Her killer is swiftly captured—but that is just the beginning of this story. In episode 99, Jac, Alexis and Billy look into a serial killer whose crimes spanned across decades and continents—and who was finally captured during the search for The Golden State Killer.

Jul 01, 2020
Episode 98: The Short Family
01:05:41

You drive past a lakefront mansion, see kids playing in the yard under the watchful eye of a smiling couple and you wish you could be that happy. They have it all. But what if there was something lurking in the shadows? Not everything is perfect. In episode 98, Jac, Alexis and Billy enter the home of the Short family on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, and discover that not everything is what it seems.

Jun 24, 2020
Episode 97: Jayme Closs
01:20:00

In the middle of the night, a man bangs on the door of a suburban house. A mother and daughter huddle in the bathroom. A father goes to the front door to investigate. Within minutes, both the mother and father are killed with shotgun blasts. And the daughter was kidnapped. In episode 97, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by a true crime obsessive who followed the crime—who learned of her unthinkable connection to the case after Jayme’s miraculous escape. For Killing Time, they discuss the death of Robert Fuller, a black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California.

Jun 17, 2020
Episode 96: NXIVM
01:04:28

The story of how Keith Raniere became an international self-help guru — and, later, a convicted sex-cult leader — is one of those cautionary tales that’s not unfamiliar. A man who is a master of manipulation, able to seduce, exploit, alienate and control countless individuals after developing keen abilities to select precise prey, bait them, and slowly coerce them into doing exactly what he wants. In episode 96, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Josh Block of the podcast, Uncover: Escaping NXIVM as they dig into the cult that branded women, controlled their entire lives and eventually was brought to justice.

Jun 10, 2020
Episode 95: Listen
01:16:13

This week, we are handing our mic over to our Black listeners to share their experiences of living in this country as a Black American. To everyone who sent their stories in, thank you. We appreciate the time and energy you gave us, and we feel honored that we can amplify your voices.

Jun 05, 2020
A Message To Our Listeners
00:00:21
Jun 03, 2020
Episode 94: Lorena Bobbitt
01:11:18

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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May 27, 2020
Episode 93: Jim & Sandy Melgar
01:26:15

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 93, 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.

May 20, 2020
Episode 92: Jodi Arias Part 3
01:22:24

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 92, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the evidence against Jodi and explain how one woman spared the most hated woman in America from death.

May 13, 2020
Episode 91: Jodi Arias Part 2
01:06:16

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.

May 06, 2020
Episode 90: Jodi Arias Part 1
01:16:28

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 90 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.

Apr 29, 2020
Episode 89: Serial Killer Bruce Mendenhall Part 2
01:16:51

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 89, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of trucker serial killer Bruce Mendenhall.

Apr 22, 2020
Episode 88: Serial Killer Bruce Mendenhall Part 1
00:52:10

A woman is found murdered at a truck stop in Nashville Tennessee. She is nude, displayed grotesquely, and a chunk of her flesh is missing. Was it to hide her identity, or did the killer take a trophy? In episode 86 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy not only speak with the sister of the victim, but also with Detective Pat Postiglione, who was tasked with finding the killer-who soon learns that this wasn’t his first kill.

Apr 15, 2020
Episode 87: The Ramirez Murders
00:57:21

Jose Ramirez frantically called the police. He told them that his house had been ransacked, his parents were missing—and there was dried blood on the floor. When the police arrived, they didn’t find professor Susan Brill De Ramirez or her husband Antonio Ramirez Barron. But what they would later discover would shock the community of Peoria’s Bradley University to its core. On episode 87, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the details of the case, the mind frame of those responsible, and search for an answer to the ever-pressing question: why?

Apr 08, 2020
Episode 86: Sheila Bellush Part 2
01:01:35

Sheila Bellush had been discovered brutally murdered in her home, her four quadruplet babies covered in her blood after being left alone with their mother’s body for more than 6 hours. A supposedly random person drove 1700 miles to kill her. But why? In episode 86 of The First Degree, Jan, Alexis and Billy dig deep into the relationship of Sheila and Allan Thornburg and uncover the twisted lengths an ex-husband can go to to get revenge. Plus, on Killing Time, they talk about, what else? Tiger King: Joe Exotic.

Apr 01, 2020
Episode 85: Sheila Bellush Part 1
00:44:43

Sheila Bellush is found dead, her throat slashed and shot in the face in the laundry room of her Florida home. The only witnesses to her murder? Her 23 month old quadruplets, covered in their mother’s blood. In the 85th episode of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy unravel the tale, which takes them from the beaches of Sarasota to the golf courses of San Antonio, uncovering a wicked tale a revenge.

Mar 25, 2020
Episode 84: Alexander Ernandes
01:00:32

In true crime, the story always seems to start like this: they had a perfect life, a loving family, a great home. Then we talk about how everything goes to hell. When parents seemingly do everything right. Work long hours. Raise their children in a supporting and loving household--And they’re still punished. We have to try to make sense of it. There’s a reason we say at the top of every episode: this could be you. No matter how good of a person you are. No matter how hard you work and how much love you give--This could be you. In the 84th episode of The First Degree, Alexis, Jac and Billy tell the tale of two families torn apart by a reckless act in the story of Alexander Ernandes, a West Point hopeful who was betrayed in the worst way by one of those closest to him.

Mar 18, 2020
Episode 83: Mackenzie Cowell
01:04:22

Do you think you can always guess who the killer is just from a few details? The husband did it. The boyfriend did it. But sometimes, it’s not so simple. When Mackenzie Cowell was discovered murdered, the small town of Wenatchee, Washington was shook to its core. Fingers were pointed, claims were made, until the man with a Hannibal Lector tattoo emerged from the shadows. On episode 83 of the First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the twisted case of a serial killer-obsessed killer and the life he took away.

Mar 11, 2020
Episode 82: Tara Grinstead
01:17:52

In 2005 a 30-year-old pageant queen and teacher named Tara Grinstead went missing. The community, her family and law enforcement were baffled- but all of that changed the moment a filmmaker named Payne Lindsey started digging into the details. On episode 81, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Payne Lindsey of the groundbreaking "Up and Vanished" Podcast. Payne shares the details of the investigation, the story of how he became totally immersed -- at times obsessed -- with this fascinating case, and what really did happen to Tara Grinstead.

Mar 03, 2020
Episode 81: Mr. Anime
00:42:07

"Welcome to the house of fun. I'm Trey.” This is how teenager Trey Sessler introduced himself to the world on his Facebook profile. What was so fun about Trey’s house? He lived with his best friend brother and their parents. He was obsessed with anime, and had a popular Youtube channel where he commented on different movies and TV shows. And he liked guns. And one day, the house of fun turned into a house of nightmares. On the 80th episode of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the horror story of Mr. Anime—and what he was planning on next.

Feb 26, 2020
Episode 80: Megan Metzger
00:52:35

What if you were at a party and someone looked through your purse? What if they found something that to you was completely innocent—but to them was a threat? On Episode 80 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the 2018 case of missing 19-year-old Megan Metzger. A case that deals with a chance Facebook message, a three-day long party, crazed paranoia, a car set on fire and a pact between “friends” that would change many lives in a small town in Virginia.

Feb 19, 2020
Episode 79: A Biker and a Murderer
00:46:29

You’re awakened at night by a prowler entering your home. What do you do? In the case of Kinney Glasson, you grab your gun and investigate—to devastating consequences. In episode 79 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin with a home invasion, which then opens up into a world of exotic dancers, biker clubs and desperation.

Feb 12, 2020
Episode 78: The Black Dahlia Part 2
00:55:33

He was an eccentric doctor in charge of fighting VD in Los Angeles. He held lavish parties at his Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, entertaining famous artists and actors. He went to trial for raping his 14-year-old daughter. And he is the suspect that makes the most sense in the biggest murder mystery in American History. On episode 78, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined Yvette Gentile and Rasha Pecoraro of the Root of Evil podcast, and together they delve deep into their great grandfather George Hodel, investigate the horrific things he did to their family and stack up the evidence that shows how he may very well have killed Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia.

Feb 05, 2020
Episode 77: The Black Dahlia Part 1
00:47:07

The body of a woman is found in a vacant lot in suburban Los Angeles. She has been mutilated, cut in two with surgical precision, and her face has been slashed at both ends of her mouth, giving her a ghastly, horrific smile. In episode 77, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into Elizabeth Short’s life in Hollywood and the lives—and lies— of the early suspects of the case, before landing on the one man who checks all the boxes of the psychological profile of the killer.

Jan 29, 2020
Episode 76: The Runaway Murders
00:49:44

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 76, 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

Jan 22, 2020
Episode 75: Melissa Duran
01:00:09

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 75, 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.

Jan 15, 2020
Episode 74: Father Eric Freed
00:54:10

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 74, 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.

Jan 08, 2020
Episode 73: Polly Klaas
01:03:40

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.

Jan 02, 2020
Episode 72: Kenny Ratzlaff
00:40:50

On episode 72 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.

Dec 25, 2019
Episode 71: Margaret Cho
00:58:02

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 71, 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

Dec 18, 2019
Episode 70: A New Year’s Eve Murder
00:54:56

New Years day, 2003. The small town of Fillmore, California. A horrific discovery is made in a drainage ditch. The community is in shock. But as they file out of the church after the funeral, their shock multiplies when the location of the crime scene is revealed. On episode 70, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the ripple effect of tragedy within a small town—and the evidence that led police to capture a budding serial killer.

Dec 11, 2019
Episode 69: Rose & Daisy Edwards
00:51:19

It was January of 2013 when friends and family lost touch with sisters Rose & Daisy Edwards. The radio silence from the girls would come to destroy a family and baffle the community of Billings, Montana. On episode 69, Jac, Alexis & Billy are joined for the first time by two first degrees on opposite sides of this story; the brother of the victims and someone who grew up with the perpetrator.

Dec 04, 2019
Episode 68: Curtis Gray
00:53:59

They crossed paths by an abandoned house in Dayton, Ohio. 27-year-old Curtis Gray and 51-year-old Daniel Mooty were strangers, but this chance encounter would drastically change the course of one of their lives...and immediately end the other. On episode 68, Jac, Alexis and Billy deconstruct the evidence with Courtney, one of Curtis' best friends and our First Degree guest.

Nov 27, 2019
Episode 67: Becky Sutton
01:23:21

Things didn’t add up when a neighbor found Becky Sutton’s two year old strolling the apartment building courtyard unattended. Becky was known to be a responsible parent, and the two of them were known to be joined at the hip. On episode 67 Jac, Alexis and Billy look into her mysterious disappearance which turned a quiet suburb upside down and took several false starts and over a decade to crack.

Nov 20, 2019
Episode 66: A Bad Boy Romance
01:44:59

What happens when you fall for a bad boy—a boy your parents refuse to let you to see? On episode 66, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss a tragic murder case that destroyed an entire family and took away First Degree connection Audrina's best friend in high school. Through Audrina, they delve into the months leading up to the crime, the toxic influence on her friend's life, the horrific details of the murder, and finally, the pain in the aftermath.

Nov 13, 2019
Episode 65: The Hollywood Ripper Part 2
01:22:00

Mike Gargiulo was a chameleon who possessed the ability to blend into the gritty backdrop of Los Angeles, slipping into the lives and proximity of his targets without a trace. Gargiulo committed crimes that both proceeded and followed the murder of Ashley Ellerin. His method of choice? Stalking each beautiful woman from the outskirts of their lives, acquainting himself with each of their habits before Striking at their most vulnerable moment. On episode 65, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined again by Ashley Ellerin's childhood best friend Carolyn Murnick, as they discuss the hunt for the monster who would come to be known as The Hollywood Ripper.

Nov 06, 2019
Episode 64: The Hollywood Ripper Part 1
00:55:52

22-year-old Ashley Ellerin was standing outside her Hollywood home next to a car with a flat tire when a handsome guy approaches and insisted on helping. This "chance encounter" would eventually be revealed as the first step in a carefully choreographed scenario designed to win Ashley's trust. It’s through this story that America would be introduced to a methodical serial killer; one who would leave a path of destruction and catch hundreds of people -- from a close-knit family in Illinois to Ashton Kutcher in Los Angeles -- in his wake. In episode 64, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore Ashley's life and the mysterious identity of the man who stole it.

Oct 30, 2019
Episode 63: Jesse "LJ" Matthew
01:39:10

One student is last seen at a Metallica concert. Her remains are found three months later. Fast forward five years, another student is last seen on late night surveillance video walking from bar to bar in the same town. And someone else is seen on the video—following her. It would be the clue that would capture a serial killer—-one who it seems could have been stopped much earlier. In a special crossover episode with Billy’s other podcast, Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore how a high school football star turned into a sexual predator and serial killer.

Oct 23, 2019
Episode 62: Betty Stotts
01:34:20

When a fire breaks out at a Texas drive-in theater, everyone assumes it was an accident. But once the firemen entered the ticket booth, they learned the truth— the fire had been started intentionally in an attempt to conceal a horrific crime. In episode 62, Jac, Alexis and Billy dig into the details of the case, the unexplainable events that happened in the days that followed, and speak to two members of the Stotts family whose lives were forever altered by the events of that evening.

 

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Oct 16, 2019
Episode 61: Serial Killer Roger Fain
01:28:43

On the morning of June 28th, 1999, Darlene Anderson failed to show up to work. Darlene always showed up to work. After a massive search, police made an awful discovery that led them to believe that she may have crossed paths with a serial killer. On episode 61, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the decades of violence inflicted by Roger Fain. They'll discuss the many cases he's been linked to, the tactics he used to select his victims, the flawed system that allowed him the opportunity to kill over and over again and the police work that finally took him down.

 

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Oct 09, 2019
Episode 60: Jaymie Adams
01:24:04

25-year-old Jaymie Adams went out to meet a friend in Oklahoma City. When the pregnant mother of four failed to return home, the community watched as a bizarre case unfolded, and a likely suspect emerged. On episode 60 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the crime, the investigation and explore how personal biases possess the potential to ruin lives.

 

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Oct 02, 2019
Episode 59: Tracey Schoettlin
01:21:50

The body of a young woman is found under a bridge in Birmingham Alabama. She had been stabbed and sexually mutilated. Her murder sent shock waves through the bible belt community, this was 1986, and rumors of a connection to witchcraft and devil worship spread through the town. On episode 59, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the evidence, theories, the investigation, and discuss the impact this woman's murder had on the 14-year-old girl who discovered her body.

 

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Sep 25, 2019
Episode 58: The Casanova Killer
01:28:17

Glen Rogers charmed his way into Linda Price’s life at the Mississippi state fair in the autumn is 1995–and in less than three weeks she would be found murdered in the bathtub of the apartment they shared. The police soon learned that Linda was not the first beautiful redhead killed by the man come to be known Casanova Killer. And she wouldn’t be the last. The hunt for Rogers was an urgent multi state effort that landed his name at the top of the FBI's most wanted list. On episode 58, Jac, Alexis & Billy conclude Linda Price's story through the first degree experience of her daughter Chrystal, and delve into Glen Rogers' reign of terror—which he continues to inflict upon the families from behind bars on Florida's death row.

 

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Sep 18, 2019
Episode 57: Linda Price
00:47:13

On a fall evening at the Mississippi State Fair, Linda Price was approached a blonde stranger named Glen Rogers. He was charming, mysterious, and exactly what Linda had been looking for. But what started out as a storybook romance quickly turned into a nightmare, when Linda couldn't be reached by her family on Halloween night. On episode 57, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with Linda's daughter Chrystal about the horror she and her family experienced at the hands of Glen Rogers, also known as The Casanova Killer.

 

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Sep 11, 2019
Episode 56: Marti Hill
00:59:28

On Sept. 10, 2010, Marti Hill was savagely attacked and left for dead in the basement of her Kansas home. On episode 55 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis, and Billy speak with Marti’s daughter Mackenzie, and try to understand why her mother was targeted, and if it’s possible to keep ourselves safe if no clear motive can be detected.

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Sep 04, 2019
Episode 55: Kim Goldman Part 2
01:04:25

On October 3rd 1995, 100 million Americans watched as a jury declared OJ Simpson not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. The verdict rattled faith in the justice system, stained popular culture, and the strategies implemented by Simpson’s defense team heightened police distrust. The country has (seemingly) moved on, but the emotional ruins left in the wake of Simpson’s acquittal continue to affect those who loved the victims.

Research Sources & Credits:
We could not have done this episode without the incredible work and observations made by Dominick Dunne, reflected in his Complete O.J. Simpson Trial Coverage for Vanity Fair.

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Aug 28, 2019
Episode 54: Kim Goldman Part 1
00:57:22

On the night of June 12th, 1994, two people were murdered in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. This double homicide would change the world, shatter the lives of the victims' families, and forever fracture our faith in the justice system. On episode 53, Jac, Alexis & Billy are joined by Kim Goldman, the sister of Ronald Goldman, a 25-year-old aspiring restauranteur who was stabbed to death attempting to protect his friend Nicole Brown.

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Aug 21, 2019
Episode 53: Crystal Kipper
01:07:13

On the landmark 52nd episode of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Justin Evans of the Generation Why Podcast. Justin shares his first degree connection to the bizarre disappearance of his high school friend, 18-year-old Crystal Kipper, who vanished from the side of the highway in the winter of 1997. A twist of fate would reveal the truth about what happened to Crystal, and the story would be the stuff of nightmares.

Episode Research Sources & Credits:

Oscar Avila, Benita Y. Williams, and Mark Wifbe for the Kansas City Star & the St. Joseph News-Press.

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Aug 14, 2019
Episode 52: Christmas in St. George
01:02:03

On episode 51, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into a double homicide that rocked the small town of St. George Utah over Christmas in 2010. Two men were immediately arrested, but the bizarre nature of the killings provided more questions than answers, and as the suspect motives were called into question, onlookers were left wondering: Were these senseless murders committed by willful and deliberate choice or were they the result of fear, compulsion and addiction?

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Aug 07, 2019
Episode 51: Elyse Pahler
01:05:32

The disappearance of a 15-year-old girl named Elyse Pahler was initially ignored by law enforcement. But months later, a 16-year-old boy confessed to killing her—and claimed that her murder was a part of a carefully concocted plot by him and his friends to sacrifice her to the devil. They believed the killing would be their ticket to hell—and it would in turn make them better at their instruments, which they wielded in their thrash metal band. On episode 50, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the chilling case and explore how the band death metal band was dragged into a precedent- setting lawsuit accusing music companies of intentionally introducing youngsters to a violent, X-rated world of devil worship, human sacrifice and necrophilia.

Jul 31, 2019
Episode 50: Mackenzie Lueck
01:06:22

At 2:00 am on June 17th, 2019, 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck got off a plane in Salt Lake City, took a Lyft to a suburban park, and then vanished. Police followed the digital breadcrumbs left by Mackenzie to a house where a slew of nightmarish clues were discovered—clues that told the story of Mackenzie's fate and lead to the arrest of a suspect. On episode 49, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with a first degree connection—a woman who encountered the suspect on a dating app and actually met him for a date. They detail his chilling characteristics, his reported need to build a sound-proof dungeon in his home, and explore the complex dichotomy of straddling dating and safety in an ever-evolving world of technology.

Jul 24, 2019
Episode 49: Katie Beers
01:16:09

A 10-year-old girl goes missing from an indoor amusement park in Smithtown, New York. The family friend caring for her calls the police and dozens of officers begin searching for little Katie Beers. In the first two weeks, they don’t find her, but they do uncover stories of abuse amidst the disturbing cast of characters entrusted with her care. On episode 48, Jac, Alexis & Billy tell the tale of the race to find Katie, the chilling details of her captivity, and explore how the system left a little girl so vulnerable to a series of dangerous predators.

Episode Research Sources & Credits:

'The Katie Beers Case; Mystery Surrounds Suspect and Underground Chamber', Ralph Blumenthal
'Girl, Missing for 16 Days, Is Found in Secret Room' by John T. McQuiston for The New York Times, Jan. 14, 1993.
Newsday
The New York Times

Jul 17, 2019
Episode 48: Joel Rifkin Part 2
01:03:53

On Episode 47, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part two of the story of Joel Rifkin. In 1993, the discovery that a serial killer had been operating in the shadows of New York dominated the headlines. Rifken’s gruesome confessions—recounting his sexual perversion and utter disregard for human life—tore at the fabric of the quaint suburbs of Long Island, shattering the sense of security that the people in the suburbs were supposed to represent. New York’s most prolific serial killer was one of their own.

Jul 10, 2019
Episode 47: Joel Rifkin Part 1
00:51:44

The police chase that began in that late evening in June revealed the body of a murdered woman in the bed of a pickup truck driven by Joel David Rifkin. At the start of his interrogation, there was one murder victim. By the end, there were 17, all buried throughout the Tri-State area, all killed by the hands of Rifkin. On episode 46, Jac, Alexis & Billy recount the bizarre life, disturbances, and horrors the most prolific serial killer in the history of New York.

Jul 03, 2019
Episode 46: The Warriners
01:13:16

On May 5th of 2019, police were called to an apartment in the Dallas suburb of Denton. The door was ajar, and the scene inside was straight out of a horror movie. But the most ominous thing at the scene was ironically not what they could observe, rather… what was missing—which was the head of the victim. On episode 46, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore an active case that's still unfolding with a first degree connection who is still reeling from the recent events. They examine the timeline of inexplicable behaviors and a decent into mental illness exhibited by the suspect that ultimately culminated in one of the most heinous acts imaginable.

Jun 26, 2019
Episode 45: Kenny Thomas Jr.
01:18:34

There's a moment in every child's life when they discover what death is, whether it's through losing a grandparent or flushing a pet fish down the toilet...” In episode 44, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with special First Degree guest Jared Monaco (lead guitarist for Emo band The Maine). Jared takes us back to when he was force fed the concept of mortality at the age of 9-years-old—when the life of his boyhood friend Kenny Thomas Jr. was stolen under horrific circumstances. They'll delve into the details of the case and investigation, the concept of insanity, and the loss of childhood innocence in the wake of tragedy.

Jun 19, 2019
Bonus - Sneak Peek of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare
00:10:48

It’s a case nightmares are made of. As Kaitlyn mentioned this week, we’ve got your sneak peek into the new true-crime series, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare. It's the frightening story of a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son, and housekeeper who were held hostage, tortured, and brutally murdered inside their burning D.C. mansion. You won’t believe what happened during those last 22 hours alive, and the shocking trail of evidence that led police to the killer! Did he have help? Hear from key witnesses who reveal never-before heard details. Will this investigation lead to the release of discovered confidential audio recordings, so the public can hear the trial for the first time ever? Listen to the first episode now: http://bit.ly/2Mzf5Ks

New episodes from this 10-part series will be available every Monday on PodcastOne.com and Apple Podcasts.

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Jun 13, 2019
Episode 44: Ali Kemp
00:56:44

A 19-year-old student at Kansas State University home for the summer, was found by her father murdered in a pump room at a community pool in Leawood, Kansas. In episode 43, Jac, Alexis & Billy discuss the harrowing details of the case, the innovative methods implemented during the investigation, and one father's relentless pursuit to catch his daughter's killer.

Jun 12, 2019
Episode 43: Terra Newell
01:12:40

On August 20th, 2016, Terra Newell was attacked on the roof of her apartment building by her mother’s estranged husband, John Meehan. Against all odds, Terra was able to fight him off, fatally wounding him in the process. Her story is the focus of the popular podcast and series of the same name, Dirty John. In Episode 43, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Terra in the studio to discuss her heroism, her trauma, and the life that she built on the other side of a nightmare.

Jun 05, 2019
Episode 42: Gloria Marmolejo
01:13:57

On episode 42, Jac, Alexis & Billy examine the bizarre 2009 disappearance of 54-year-old Gloria Marmolejo, who vanished mysteriously from her El Paso home after a months-long vacation in Phoenix. The investigation into her disappearance was puzzling, and would come to expose the sadistic serial offender who was responsible, as well as a dark family secret.

May 29, 2019
Episode 41: Bob Ward Part 2
01:06:45

On episode 41, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part two of the story of Bob & Diane Ward, and their two daughters' decade-long fight to prove their father's innocence. We learn about the Space Chicken, the struggle against the media and how they found an incredibly key piece of evidence years after their mother’s death.

May 22, 2019
Episode 40: Bob Ward Part 1
00:53:44

On the night of September 21st 2009, police responded to a 911 call at the Isleworth mansion of Bob and Diane Ward. Inside they found Diane dead from a gunshot wound. It launched one of the biggest courtroom sagas in Florida and a textbook example of trial by media. In Episode 40, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by First Degree guest, Sarah Ward-Rupp as she walks us through trauma of losing her mother and the decades-long battle to exonerate her father.

May 15, 2019
Episode 39: The Bishops Part 2
00:53:03

On episode 39, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the puzzling case of family annihilator William Bradford Bishop. The international manhunt for Bishop has spanned nearly four decades and lured law enforcement across international lines. Many questions remain, did Bradford Bishop use his international savvy to relocate abroad, or is he in the US hiding in plain sight?

May 08, 2019
Episode 38: The Bishops Part 1
00:59:04

In March of 1976, police were drawn to a fiery stretch of North Carolina woods. At the time, first responders had no idea that the horrors revealed there would prompt a world wide and decades long search for the person responsible. On Episode 38, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the mysterious force that unprecedentedly and unexpectedly snuffed out what appeared to be a perfect family.

May 01, 2019
Episode 37: Two Sisters and a Psychopath
00:55:12

Psychopaths make up about one percent of the general population. We work with them, we're friends with them—and some of us even date, fall in love with, and marry them. On Episode 37, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with two sisters whose lives were uncomfortably intertwined with a dangerous psychopath, and how they were able to survive him to tell their tale.

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Apr 24, 2019
Episode 36: Ashlea Ann Harris
01:07:22

Black Friday is the name assigned to the notorious shopping day after Thanksgiving. Although the original derivative of the term has been diluted, some say that the phrase was originally coined by police in the 1950's to describe the mayhem prompted by a high volume of shoppers who cause traffic accidents, trample over each other, and resort to intentional brutality... all in the name of a bargain. On episode thirty six, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the details of a chilling Black Friday case that boasts all the trappings of what some believe the day itself represents; chaos, materialism, and violence-inducing greed.

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Apr 17, 2019
Episode 35: The DeBeers
00:51:43

There is no crime more difficult to comprehend than the murder of a child by his or her own parents. Nevertheless, tales of the killing of newborn children are as old as time. On episode 35, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the elusive concept of neonatacide, and delve into the incredibly disturbing case of the Debeers, who didn’t stop at killing just one of their newborns.

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Apr 10, 2019
Episode 34: Michelle Lavin
00:57:10

Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the two week window after leaving their partners than at any other time during the relationship. And on Episode 34, Jac, Alexis and Billy profile a case that illustrates the horror of that statistic and shows the devastating aftermath when they’re joined by a first degree connection who was at the very center of the story in the worst possible way.

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Apr 03, 2019
Episode 33: Samantha Young
01:00:06

On April 19, 2015, a 21-year-old named Samantha Young was found brutally murdered behind her ex boyfriend's house. Her killing was horrific; but even more chilling was the revelation of the months of planning the perpetrators undertook before the murder. On episode 33, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the facets of the case, the conspiracy, and how dysfunctional puppy love can lead to a decent into madness.

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Mar 27, 2019
Episode 32: The Smiley Face Killer Part 2
01:02:08

Is there a serial killer gang murdering college-age men in the waters of America? Jac, Alexis & Billy conclude the story of the Smiley Face Killer theory, with the help of Kevin Gannon, Mike Donovan, Anthony Duarte, and Doc Gilbertson.

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Mar 20, 2019
Episode 31: The Smiley Face Killer Part 1
00:54:18

Dozens of young men found dead in bodies of water in the northeast and Midwest. Most were last seen leaving parties or bars. Most of their deaths were classified as accidental drownings. But a group of retired detectives believe their deaths are the result of something much more sinister—an elusive network of individuals who are murdering these young men. On episode 31, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore both sides of the "Smiley Face Killer" theory. The various cases, the shared characteristics between victims and interviews with the detectives while at the same time weighing the conflicting evidence—that most of these cases were just tragic accidents.

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Mar 13, 2019
Episode 30: Todd Gieb
00:59:12

22-year-old Todd Geib goes missing after an orchard party in rural Michigan. For 20 days, his family and friends frantically search for him. On the 21st day, they find his body, floating upright in a private lake. Was Todd's death an accident, or did he fall victim to something sinister? In episode 30, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with Todd's mother, examine the evidence, and deconstruct the curious case of Todd Gieb.

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Mar 06, 2019
Episode 29: Sarah Johnson
01:11:30

A married couple is found murdered in the bedroom of their home. Their teenage daughter runs out of the house screaming that someone killed her parents. In episode 29, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the case of Sarah Johnson, shedding light on the motives, the opportunity, and the pink bathrobe that held one of the secrets that led to a conviction. But they also show the coverage and concern it received in contrast to the same-town murder of Maggie Guardado, the focus of episode 28.

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Feb 27, 2019
Episode 28: Maggie Guardado
00:53:33

On episode twenty eight of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of the vicious murder of Maggie Guardado. When the charred body of 16 year Old Maggie was discovered in front of her house, suspicion immediately fell on her much older boyfriend. But Maggie also had a jealous ex. Police use cell phone records and a dried blood stain to piece together who killed Maggie and set her on fire.

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Feb 20, 2019
Episode 27: The Hawes Family
01:23:43

Have you ever gotten mad at a sibling? Sure. But have you ever conspired to kill them? On episode twenty seven of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis & Billy dive head first into the curious crimes committed within the Hawes family, a case as perplexing as it is gruesome. A family conspiracy, numerous crime scenes, hidden weapons, and a second death that remains a mystery to this day.

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Feb 13, 2019
Episode 26: Ted Bundy Part 3
01:02:40

In episode twenty six, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part three of the Ted Bundy series. Covering Bundy's time on death row, his bizarre romantic relationships, his desperate last minute confession, the ensuing media circus, and finally, his execution. The chilling details of Ted Bundy's final moments are shared by First Degree guest Tony Panaccio, who at 23-years-old watched Ted Bundy die in the electric chair.

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Feb 06, 2019
Episode 25: Ted Bundy Part 2
01:00:47

In part two of this First Degree three-part special on Ted Bundy, Jac, Alexis and Billy detail his horrific killing rampage in Florida following his second escape, his capture after killing a 12 year old girl, and his trial where he represented himself and cross-examined witnesses.

Jan 30, 2019
Episode 24: Ted Bundy Part I
01:01:09

January 24th is 30 years to the day that serial killer Ted Bundy was executed at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida. In part one of this special three-part First Degree series, Jac, Alexis and Billy revisit Bundy's infamous reign of terror, examine what drove a charismatic, educated and attractive man to kill and how he escaped justice for so long. They speak with Tony Panaccio, who was 23-year-old journalist when he won the lottery to become an eyewitness to Bundy’s electric-chair execution.

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Jan 23, 2019
Episode 23: Gabe Zimmerman
00:57:01

In episode twenty three, Jac, Alexis & Billy delve into the 2011 Tucson mass shooting and assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, an attack in which six people were killed and thirteen injured. While they explore the mind of the shooter and his last steps before the massacre, they focus on one of the heroes of the day, Gabe Zimmerman, who was safely inside while the shooting starting and rushed outside to take bullets meant for others.

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Jan 16, 2019
Episode 22: The Source Family Cult
00:54:20

On Episode twenty two, Jac, Alexis & Billy discuss Father Yod and The Source Family Cult. With the help of former member Magus The Aquarian, they detail all of the bizarre sex practices, the murders, the ruined lives and the Manson Family crossover—all the makings of one of the most fascinating stories of cult behavior that you've probably never heard of.

Jan 09, 2019
Episode 21: Chris Spotz
01:04:48

On episode twenty one, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore a baffling murder case that stretches from the bright lights of Hollywood to the wheat fields of Northeast Colorado – two fledgling actors, a secret life, and a deadly high speed chase.

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Jan 02, 2019
Episode 20: Milan Ross
01:07:13

Holiday hijinx abound as Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the bizarre case of Milan Ross: a celebrity vegan Chef with a secret past, a dark food obsession and history of violence that culminated in a triple homicide on Christmas 2017.

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Dec 26, 2018
Episode 19: Jim Jones Part 2
00:57:27

On episode nineteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy close with part two of The Jonestown Massacre. They'll explore the events of one of the largest mass murders in history accompanied by The First Degree perspectives of survivors Jim Jones Junior and Jorden Vilchez.

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Dec 19, 2018
Episode 18: Jim Jones Part 1
01:15:27

In episode eighteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore what some call the one of the biggest mass murders in history. The First Degree connection to the Jonestown Massacre are two people who were able to escape with their lives; including Jim Jones Junior, the son of The People's Temple Founder Reverend Jim Jones.

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Dec 12, 2018
Episode 17: Thad Reynolds Part 2
00:53:20

Jac, Alexis & Billy conclude with part two of the Thad Reynolds story, a case that deals with conspiracy, manipulation, and incredible acts of adultery, all which culminated in an act of ultimate betrayal; murder.

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Dec 05, 2018
Episode 16: Thad Reynolds Part 1
00:46:31

On episode sixteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy examine a grisly murder that left the conservative town of Rome, Georgia reeling. Thad Reynolds, husband, father and Church deacon was stabbed 19 times in his office. His savage slaying left the members of his church devastated; and the only thing worse than losing Thad, would be learning the truth about who was responsible.

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Nov 28, 2018
Episode 15: Internet Satan
01:06:29

On episode fifteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy speak with two First Degree guests who were plagued by the same fiendish stalker for decades, a stalker they came to call “Internet Satan.” They cover the twisted details of his crimes, his tactics of torment, the physical and psychological aftermath, and his ultimate capture.

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Nov 21, 2018
Episode 14: Travis Forbes Part 2
00:53:19

On episode fourteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy conclude the Travis Forbes case by exploring the details of the attack on his second known victim, the evidence that broke the case wide open, the demise of sociopath Travis Forbes, and finally; the truth about what happened to Kenia Monge.

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Nov 14, 2018
Episode 13: Travis Forbes Part 1
00:51:36

A teenage girl goes missing and a smooth talking modern day Ted Bundy has all the answers. Follow Jac, Alexis and Billy as they explore the unthinkable crimes committed by Travis Forbes with the help of not one but two First Degree connections.

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Nov 07, 2018
Episode 12: Paul Ezra Rhoades
01:02:26

On episode twelve, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the horrifying case of serial killer Paul Ezra Rhoades. The terrifying details of his crimes and the emotional aftermath that followed is accompanied by the chilling First Degree perspective of a 17-year-old girl who won the lottery to witness his final breath through the window of his execution chamber.

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Oct 31, 2018
Episode 11: The Nightmare on Hickory Street Part 2
00:39:36

On episode eleven, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude The Nightmare On Hickory Street case. They dive into the details of this gruesome double-homicide and attempt to understand what could turn a typical suburban kick back party into a slaughterhouse.

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Oct 24, 2018
Episode 10: The Nightmare On Hickory Street Part 1
00:56:27

On episode ten, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine a disturbing and senseless double-murder known as "The Nightmare On Hickory Street." In part one, they'll delve into the details of the crime scene, the possible motives, and the minds of the young killers who are responsible.

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Oct 17, 2018
Episode 09: Johnny Lewis
01:10:54

On episode nine, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the puzzling trail of destruction left in the wake of Sons of Anarchy actor, Johnny Lewis. They'll track his rapid decline, his decent into madness, the grisly murder of his elderly landlady and ultimately, the discovery of Johnny's body in the driveway of a Hollywood hills mansion.

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Oct 10, 2018
Episode 08: Luka Magnotta Part 2
00:50:25

Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with Part 2 of the Luka Magnotta story, a case which deals with a fame obsessed, narcissistic killer who first murdered kittens and posted the videos online before escalating to killing a human victim, posting the video online and sending his body parts across the continent.

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Oct 03, 2018
Episode 07: Luka Magnotta Part 1
00:55:09

Jac, Alexis and Billy encounter one of the most demented killers of the social media era, Luka Magnotta. The details of Luka's infamous crimes are told through the First Degree perspective of a determined citizen detective who hunted, identified, corresponded with, and was ultimately taunted by Magnotta himself. This episode follows Luka's path of destruction, his desire for fame and his escalation from kitten killer to one of the most gruesome and publicly viewed murders in history.

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Sep 26, 2018
Episode 06: Joan McShane Mills
01:08:46

On episode 6, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the murder of a beautiful San Francisco socialite named Joan McShane Mills. The characteristics of Joan's slaying and the events that followed have all the makings of a twisted Hollywood thriller; two open ended homicides, double lives, stolen bodies, decoy caskets, poetic justice, and a man accused of taking the law into his own hands.

Sep 19, 2018
Episode 05: The Bellevue Slasher
00:52:49

On episode five, Jac, Alexis and Billy cover The Bellevue Slasher, a silent assailant who calmly stabbed five strangers during a slashing spree in Midtown Manhattan on November 11th, 1980. Don't bother trying to google the case, you'll get nowhere. This elusive story is told through the First Degree perspective of The Bellevue Slasher's fourth victim, Dr. Robert Wolfe; a man who narrowly escaped with his life and lived to tell the tale. They'll dissect each vicious attack, the pain, the hunt for the assailant, the psychological aftermath and the disturbing surge of stranger slashings that plague New York City today.

Sep 12, 2018
Episode 04: Jordan Mirakian
01:00:48

On episode four, Jac, Alexis and Billy dismantle the minds of serial sex offenders through the perspective of Detective Jordan Mirakian; a dedicated law enforcement officer who uncovered a horrifying personal connection to a series of chilling sexual assaults.They cover the psychology of predators, serial killers with sex-offender pasts, and the likelihood of escalation.

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Sep 05, 2018
Episode 03: Victor Chunga
00:52:08

In episode three, Jac, Alexis, and Billy delve into a nightmarish murder that sent shock waves through the picturesque hamlet of Nesconset, New York. After hearing this chilling First Degree perspective from one of our very own hosts, you'll come to truly understand our phrase," keep your friends close, but not that close.

Aug 29, 2018
Episode 02: Nanette Johnston
01:12:02

In episode two, Jac, Alexis, and Billy dive head first into Jac’s first degree story. Growing up in a cookie cutter neighborhood of Orange County, the last thing Jac expected was to be one degree away from a sinister homicide. This episode encompasses all of the elements of a made-for-TV movie story: sex, cheating, sugar babies, a love triangle, pro athletes, master manipulation, and of course…murder.

Aug 22, 2018
Episode 01: Ryan Jenkins
01:12:26

In the debut episode, Jac, Alexis, and crime journalist Billy Jensen examine the tale of Ryan Jenkins, an alleged Canadian millionaire with a dream of making it big on reality television. His wish was granted when he landed starring roles on VH1’s Megan Wants A Millionaire and I Love Money 3, but the real life drama that followed was far too twisted and explicit for TV. After a strange disappearance, a trail of gruesome evidence, and an international manhunt, it became clear that his fairy tale love story would never have its happy ending.

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Aug 15, 2018
Teaser
00:00:48

Debuts Wednesday, August 15th 2018.

Aug 08, 2018