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The First Degree with Jac Vanek and Alexis Linkletter

Join Ladygang’s Jac Vanek, true crime TV producer Alexis Linkletter, and investigative journalist Billy Jensen on a chilling ride into the darkest corners of your worst nightmares. We’re talking murder, serial killers, cults, conspiracy th

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Dana Laskowski, Part 3

The police are zeroing in on the unlikeliest of suspects in Dana’s murder—Dana’s favorite niece and her niece’s best friend. But they still don’t know what actually happened that night. And they don’t know which one of them had the motive and means to kill her. Loose lips...and pages in a journal may lead them to answers. In episode 135, Jac, Alexis and Billy complete the twisted tale of the murder of Dana Laskowski. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Hello Fresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/first12 and use code first12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping! Talkspace: As a listener of this podcast, you’ll get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show

Dana Laskowski, Part 3

The police are zeroing in on the unlikeliest of suspects in Dana’s murder—Dana’s favorite niece and her niece’s best friend. But they still don’t know what actually happened that night. And they don’t know which one of them had the motive and means to kill her. Loose lips...and pages in a journal may lead them to answers. In episode 135, Jac, Alexis and Billy complete the twisted tale of the murder of Dana Laskowski. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Hello Fresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/first12 and use code first12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping! Talkspace: As a listener of this podcast, you’ll get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show

01:02:45

17 Mar 21

Dana Laskowski, Part 2

36-year-old Dana Laskowski has been found strangled to death in her home—and there are no shortage of suspects. Her ex-husband, her boyfriend, and her new lover. The police attempt to pull on every string to find the killer. But they have no idea what they are about to find. In episode 134, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve deep into the investigation of who killed Dana, and arrive at a suspect that will shock you. Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code first to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Noom: Ready to learn how to live healthier? Sign up for Noom today at NOOM.com/FIRSTDEGREE Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/FIRSTDEGREE

Dana Laskowski, Part 2

36-year-old Dana Laskowski has been found strangled to death in her home—and there are no shortage of suspects. Her ex-husband, her boyfriend, and her new lover. The police attempt to pull on every string to find the killer. But they have no idea what they are about to find. In episode 134, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve deep into the investigation of who killed Dana, and arrive at a suspect that will shock you. Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code first to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Noom: Ready to learn how to live healthier? Sign up for Noom today at NOOM.com/FIRSTDEGREE Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/FIRSTDEGREE

58:30

10 Mar 21

Dana Laskowski

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 133, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of the murder of Dana Laskowski. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Ritual: Ritual is offering First Degree listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit ritual.com/FIRSTDEGREE to start your Ritual today Talkspace: Go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show

Dana Laskowski

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 133, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the tale of the murder of Dana Laskowski. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Ritual: Ritual is offering First Degree listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit ritual.com/FIRSTDEGREE to start your Ritual today Talkspace: Go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show

57:40

3 Mar 21

Yousuf Rasmussen

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 132, 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.

Yousuf Rasmussen

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 132, 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.

58:46

24 Feb 21

Brent Fitch

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 131, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the case of Brent Fitch—the who, the where, and most importantly— the why.

Brent Fitch

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 131, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the case of Brent Fitch—the who, the where, and most importantly— the why.

56:37

17 Feb 21

Scout Schultz

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 130, 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.

Scout Schultz

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 130, 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.

01:03:37

11 Feb 21

The Swiss Cheese Pervert

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 129, 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.

The Swiss Cheese Pervert

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 129, 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.

01:07:42

3 Feb 21

DJ Fickey

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.

DJ Fickey

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.

58:58

27 Jan 21

The Andrews Family, Part 3

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 127, Jac, Alexis and Billy finish the horrific tale of the Andrews Family slaying. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Cladrea: Get 20% off with code [FirstDegree20] when you buy online at Caldrea.com

The Andrews Family, Part 3

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 127, Jac, Alexis and Billy finish the horrific tale of the Andrews Family slaying. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Cladrea: Get 20% off with code [FirstDegree20] when you buy online at Caldrea.com

57:55

20 Jan 21

Andrews Family, Part 2 (of 3)

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. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Noom: Sign up for your trial today at NOOM.com/FIRSTDEGREE.

Andrews Family, Part 2 (of 3)

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. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Noom: Sign up for your trial today at NOOM.com/FIRSTDEGREE.

57:39

13 Jan 21

The Andrews Family, Part 1

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 125, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the twisted tale of the Andrews Family slaying.

The Andrews Family, Part 1

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 125, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the twisted tale of the Andrews Family slaying.

50:58

6 Jan 21

2020 Is Almost Over

An extended Killin' Time episode where Jac, Alexis & Billy reflect and wax hopeful about 2021 Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter 25OFF at checkout for 25% off your order. TalkSpace: Go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show TheRealReal:Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL. Plus, new shoppers get $25 off their first purchase.

2020 Is Almost Over

An extended Killin' Time episode where Jac, Alexis & Billy reflect and wax hopeful about 2021 Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter 25OFF at checkout for 25% off your order. TalkSpace: Go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code FIRSTDEGREE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show TheRealReal:Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL. Plus, new shoppers get $25 off their first purchase.

44:47

30 Dec 20

Festivus

Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter 25OFF at checkout for 25% off your order. Embark: Go to EmbarkVet.com now to get free shipping and save $50 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit with Promo code FIRSTDEGREE SimpliSafe: Visit SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE for your free security camera today.

Festivus

Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter 25OFF at checkout for 25% off your order. Embark: Go to EmbarkVet.com now to get free shipping and save $50 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit with Promo code FIRSTDEGREE SimpliSafe: Visit SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE for your free security camera today.

53:51

23 Dec 20

Malcolm Burrows, Pt. 2

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 122, Jac, Alexis and Billy bring you the conclusion to a case that truly is stranger than fiction. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Listeners get a FREE home security camera, when you purchase a SimplISafe system at SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE. You also get a 60 day risk free trial Noom: Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Embark: Go to EmbarkVet.com now to get free shipping and save $50 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit with Promo code FIRSTDEGREE.

Malcolm Burrows, Pt. 2

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 122, Jac, Alexis and Billy bring you the conclusion to a case that truly is stranger than fiction. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Listeners get a FREE home security camera, when you purchase a SimplISafe system at SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE. You also get a 60 day risk free trial Noom: Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Embark: Go to EmbarkVet.com now to get free shipping and save $50 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit with Promo code FIRSTDEGREE.

40:51

16 Dec 20

Malcolm Burrows

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 121, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the extraordinary tale of Malcolm Burrows. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter “25OFF” at checkout for 25% off your order Embark: Go to EmbarkVet.com now to get free shipping and save $50 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit with Promo code FIRSTDEGREE. NetSuite: Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/FIRSTDEGREE  RealReal: Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL

Malcolm Burrows

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 121, Jac, Alexis and Billy begin the extraordinary tale of Malcolm Burrows. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter “25OFF” at checkout for 25% off your order Embark: Go to EmbarkVet.com now to get free shipping and save $50 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit with Promo code FIRSTDEGREE. NetSuite: Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/FIRSTDEGREE  RealReal: Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL

55:36

9 Dec 20

Emma Walker

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 120 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore the case of 16-year-old Emma Walker. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Hello Fresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/FIRST90 and use code FIRST90 to get $90 off including free shipping! SimpliSafe: Get 40% off SimpliSafe plus a free security camera today by visiting SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE The RealReal: Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL. Plus, new shoppers get $25 off their first purchase!

Emma Walker

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 120 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore the case of 16-year-old Emma Walker. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Hello Fresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/FIRST90 and use code FIRST90 to get $90 off including free shipping! SimpliSafe: Get 40% off SimpliSafe plus a free security camera today by visiting SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE The RealReal: Download the RealReal app today to shop and sell your favorite luxury brands and get 20% off select items with code REAL. Plus, new shoppers get $25 off their first purchase!

01:08:48

2 Dec 20

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

43:08

25 Nov 20

Westley Young

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 118, Jac, Alexis & Billy profile and search for answers in the perplexing case of Westley Young. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Simplisafe: Get up to 50% off SimpliSafe plus a free security camera today by visiting SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE Vistaprint: Go to Vistaprint.com/FIRSTDEGREE to get started on your unregiftable gift. The holidays are coming up! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter “15OFF” at checkout for 15% off your order. Embark: Go to Embarkvet.com now to get the best deal of the year AND free shipping. Use Promo code FIRSTDEGREE to save $64 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com and use code first90 to get $90 off including free shipping

Westley Young

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 118, Jac, Alexis & Billy profile and search for answers in the perplexing case of Westley Young. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Simplisafe: Get up to 50% off SimpliSafe plus a free security camera today by visiting SimpliSafe.com/FIRSTDEGREE Vistaprint: Go to Vistaprint.com/FIRSTDEGREE to get started on your unregiftable gift. The holidays are coming up! Chil Wellness: Visit Chilwellness.com and enter “15OFF” at checkout for 15% off your order. Embark: Go to Embarkvet.com now to get the best deal of the year AND free shipping. Use Promo code FIRSTDEGREE to save $64 off your Embark Breed and Health Kit Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com and use code first90 to get $90 off including free shipping

01:02:35

18 Nov 20

Coach Scully

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 117, 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.

Coach Scully

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 117, 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.

01:07:03

11 Nov 20

Stephen Perez

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 116, 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.

Stephen Perez

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 116, 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.

01:03:20

4 Nov 20

Dianne Hood, Part 2

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 115, 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.

Dianne Hood, Part 2

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 115, 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.

59:17

28 Oct 20

Dianne Hood

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 114, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the Colorado Springs murder of Dianne Hood. Support the show by checking out our sponsors: Caliper: Get 20% off your first order when you use promo code FIRSTDEGREE at TRYCALIPER.COM/FIRSTDEGREE Daily Harvest: Go to DAILY HARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Noom: Sign up for your trial today at noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Shapermint: Go to Shapermint.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE, to get an exclusive listener added discount of an extra 10% off your order

Dianne Hood

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 114, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the Colorado Springs murder of Dianne Hood. Support the show by checking out our sponsors: Caliper: Get 20% off your first order when you use promo code FIRSTDEGREE at TRYCALIPER.COM/FIRSTDEGREE Daily Harvest: Go to DAILY HARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Noom: Sign up for your trial today at noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE Shapermint: Go to Shapermint.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE, to get an exclusive listener added discount of an extra 10% off your order

58:25

21 Oct 20

Vicki Logan & Wanda Faye Turner

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 113, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of Vicki Logan and Wanda Faye Turner. Support the show by checking out our sponsors: Daily Harvest: Go to Dailyharvest.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com/degree80 and use code degree80 to get $80 off across 4 boxes including free shipping on your first box! Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today NetSuite: Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/FIRSTDEGREE

Vicki Logan & Wanda Faye Turner

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 113, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of Vicki Logan and Wanda Faye Turner. Support the show by checking out our sponsors: Daily Harvest: Go to Dailyharvest.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box! Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com/degree80 and use code degree80 to get $80 off across 4 boxes including free shipping on your first box! Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today NetSuite: Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at NetSuite.com/FIRSTDEGREE

01:01:57

14 Oct 20

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 3

In episode 112, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part three of their series on The Oklahoma City Bombing. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today Upstart: Go to Upstart.com/firstdegree to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 3

In episode 112, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part three of their series on The Oklahoma City Bombing. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today Upstart: Go to Upstart.com/firstdegree to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be

50:39

7 Oct 20

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 2

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. Support the show by checking out these sponsors: Curology: Go to Curology.com/firstdegree for a free 30-day trial Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today Madison Reed: Listeners get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit. Go to Madison-Reed.com and Use code: FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 2

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. Support the show by checking out these sponsors: Curology: Go to Curology.com/firstdegree for a free 30-day trial Daily Harvest: Go to DAILYHARVEST.com and enter promo code FIRST to get twenty-five dollars off your first box Healist: Go to Healistnaturals.com/Firstdegree to sign up and get your free sample today Madison Reed: Listeners get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit. Go to Madison-Reed.com and Use code: FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST

42:44

30 Sep 20

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 1

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.

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 1

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.

51:27

23 Sep 20

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 1

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.

Oklahoma City Bombing, Part 1

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.

51:27

23 Sep 20

Mikey Keller

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 109, 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.

Mikey Keller

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 109, 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.

54:59

16 Sep 20

Janet Downing, Part II

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. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors Madison Reed: Listeners get 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING on their first Color Kit with code FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST Pretty Litter: Go to PrettyLitter.com and use promo code FIRSTDEGREE for 20% off your first order

Janet Downing, Part II

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. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors Madison Reed: Listeners get 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING on their first Color Kit with code FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST Pretty Litter: Go to PrettyLitter.com and use promo code FIRSTDEGREE for 20% off your first order

01:03:31

9 Sep 20

Janet Downing

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.

Janet Downing

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.

01:01:16

2 Sep 20

Shannon Leigh Kos

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”.

Shannon Leigh Kos

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”.

57:51

26 Aug 20

Pat & Bobbie McNeely

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.

Pat & Bobbie McNeely

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.

46:22

19 Aug 20

Seath Jackson

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 104, Jac, Alexis and Billy head to Summerfield, Florida, for a twisted tale of love and revenge.

Seath Jackson

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 104, Jac, Alexis and Billy head to Summerfield, Florida, for a twisted tale of love and revenge.

53:51

12 Aug 20

Episode 103: Colleen Ritzer

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 103, Jac, Billy and Alexis delve into the tragic story of Colleen Ritzer and Philip Chism.

Episode 103: Colleen Ritzer

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 103, Jac, Billy and Alexis delve into the tragic story of Colleen Ritzer and Philip Chism.

01:07:55

5 Aug 20

BTK III: Episode 102

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 102, 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.

BTK III: Episode 102

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 102, 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.

01:15:34

29 Jul 20

BTK II: Episode 101

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 101, 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.

BTK II: Episode 101

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 101, 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.

01:12:35

22 Jul 20

BTK: Episode 100

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 this landmark 100th 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.

BTK: Episode 100

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 this landmark 100th 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.

01:11:27

15 Jul 20

John Getreu

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 99, 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.

John Getreu

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 99, 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.

01:12:47

8 Jul 20

John Getreu

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 99, 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.

John Getreu

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 99, 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.

01:12:47

8 Jul 20

Margaret Williams

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 98, 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.

Margaret Williams

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 98, 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.

56:51

1 Jul 20

Short Family

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 97, 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.

Short Family

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 97, 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.

01:10:31

24 Jun 20

Jayme Closs

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 96, 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.

Jayme Closs

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 96, 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.

01:24:57

17 Jun 20

NXIVM

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 95, 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.

NXIVM

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 95, 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.

01:09:16

10 Jun 20

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

01:22:39

5 Jun 20

A Message To Our Listeners

A Message To Our Listeners

00:20

3 Jun 20

Lorena Bobbitt

The story of Lorena Bobbitt drew media attention in 1993 for being one of the most and disturbing domestic dispute stories to ever hit the news. Lorena was not the first woman to ever fight back against her husband- and she wasn’t the last. But her story was one of the first to demand change in the way the world perceived domestic abuse and sexual assault. On episode 93, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Lorena, as they reexamine the impact of the single cut that forever changed pop culture and sent shivers down the spine of domestic abusers around the world.

Lorena Bobbitt

The story of Lorena Bobbitt drew media attention in 1993 for being one of the most and disturbing domestic dispute stories to ever hit the news. Lorena was not the first woman to ever fight back against her husband- and she wasn’t the last. But her story was one of the first to demand change in the way the world perceived domestic abuse and sexual assault. On episode 93, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by Lorena, as they reexamine the impact of the single cut that forever changed pop culture and sent shivers down the spine of domestic abusers around the world.

01:18:40

27 May 20

Jim & Sandy Melgar

You get a call that your father is dead. You rush home and find he has been murdered. He was tied up, stabbed 31 times and beaten over the head. What could be worse? Police believe your mother—who was found tied up and locked in the bedroom closet—is the lone suspect in his death. In episode 92, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of the murder of Jim Melgar, and how law enforcement disregarded key evidence and employed tunnel vision to zero in on Sandy Melgar as his killer.

Jim & Sandy Melgar

You get a call that your father is dead. You rush home and find he has been murdered. He was tied up, stabbed 31 times and beaten over the head. What could be worse? Police believe your mother—who was found tied up and locked in the bedroom closet—is the lone suspect in his death. In episode 92, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of the murder of Jim Melgar, and how law enforcement disregarded key evidence and employed tunnel vision to zero in on Sandy Melgar as his killer.

01:32:38

20 May 20

Jodi Arias: The Trial

It was a trial that seduced, consumed, and horrified the nation— Jodi Arias, facing the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Over the course of four months, Arias was up against a mountain of physical and circumstantial evidence. How did she defend herself? She went on the attack, grasping at straws, telling shocking and fabricated lies about Travis. In episode 91, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the evidence against Jodi and explain how one woman spared the most hated woman in America from death.

Jodi Arias: The Trial

It was a trial that seduced, consumed, and horrified the nation— Jodi Arias, facing the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Over the course of four months, Arias was up against a mountain of physical and circumstantial evidence. How did she defend herself? She went on the attack, grasping at straws, telling shocking and fabricated lies about Travis. In episode 91, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the evidence against Jodi and explain how one woman spared the most hated woman in America from death.

01:30:16

13 May 20

Jodi Arias: The Investigation

Travis Alexander was found Murdered in his shower—shot in the face, stabbed in the back, his throat slashed ear to ear. Many of his friends pointed a finger at his ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias. But police had to piece together her whereabouts on the day of the murder—and her calculating actions made that incredibly difficult. In episode 89, part two of a three part series, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the investigation of Jodi Arias, including blood evidence, her bank and credit card statements and the most shocking discovery: a camera found in the washing machine containing images of Travis’s last moments—shot by the killer.

Jodi Arias: The Investigation

Travis Alexander was found Murdered in his shower—shot in the face, stabbed in the back, his throat slashed ear to ear. Many of his friends pointed a finger at his ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias. But police had to piece together her whereabouts on the day of the murder—and her calculating actions made that incredibly difficult. In episode 89, part two of a three part series, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the investigation of Jodi Arias, including blood evidence, her bank and credit card statements and the most shocking discovery: a camera found in the washing machine containing images of Travis’s last moments—shot by the killer.

01:12:29

6 May 20

TRAVIS ALEXANDER & JODI ARIAS

Jealousy. Suspicion. Rage. And a calculated murder. You may think you know everything about Jodi Arias, the woman who killed Travis Alexander. But in episode 88 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with a first degree who had a front row seat to their ill-fated relationship, and learn details about Jodi’s actions that have never come to light before.

TRAVIS ALEXANDER & JODI ARIAS

Jealousy. Suspicion. Rage. And a calculated murder. You may think you know everything about Jodi Arias, the woman who killed Travis Alexander. But in episode 88 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with a first degree who had a front row seat to their ill-fated relationship, and learn details about Jodi’s actions that have never come to light before.

01:21:09

29 Apr 20

Serial Killer Bruce Mendenhall

A Detective is trying to solve a murder at a local truck stop. His only lead is a grainy image of a yellow truck. One day, When a yellow long haul truck passes in front of him, his eyes widen. It’s a long shot, but Sgt. Pat Postiglione stops the driver. Inside his cab, he finds a bag of bloody clothes—evidence of other murders. In episode 87, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of trucker serial killer Bruce Mendenhall.

Serial Killer Bruce Mendenhall

A Detective is trying to solve a murder at a local truck stop. His only lead is a grainy image of a yellow truck. One day, When a yellow long haul truck passes in front of him, his eyes widen. It’s a long shot, but Sgt. Pat Postiglione stops the driver. Inside his cab, he finds a bag of bloody clothes—evidence of other murders. In episode 87, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the murders of trucker serial killer Bruce Mendenhall.

01:21:56

22 Apr 20

A brutal death in Nashville: Sara Hulbert

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.

A brutal death in Nashville: Sara Hulbert

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.

56:47

15 Apr 20

Betrayal in Peoria: The Ramirez Murders

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 85, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the On episode 85, 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?

Betrayal in Peoria: The Ramirez Murders

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 85, Jac, Alexis and Billy delve into the On episode 85, 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?

01:02:39

8 Apr 20

Justice: The Sheila Bellush Story, Part II

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 84 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.

Justice: The Sheila Bellush Story, Part II

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 84 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.

01:05:18

1 Apr 20

Revenge: The Story of Sheila Bellush

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 84th 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.

Revenge: The Story of Sheila Bellush

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 84th 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.

50:23

25 Mar 20

Two families torn apart: The story of Alexander Ernandes

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 83rd 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.

Two families torn apart: The story of Alexander Ernandes

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 83rd 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.

01:05:52

18 Mar 20

Mackenzie Cowell

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 82 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.

Mackenzie Cowell

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 82 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.

01:10:51

11 Mar 20

Tara Grinstead with Payne Lindsey

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.

Tara Grinstead with Payne Lindsey

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.

01:24:16

3 Mar 20

Mr. Anime

"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.

Mr. Anime

"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.

48:51

26 Feb 20

A Woman Goes Missing, a Party Goes Silent

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 79 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.

A Woman Goes Missing, a Party Goes Silent

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 79 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.

01:01:30

19 Feb 20

An FBI agent, a Biker and a Murderer

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 78 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.

An FBI agent, a Biker and a Murderer

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 78 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.

54:38

12 Feb 20

George Hodel, The Root Of Evil

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 77, 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.

George Hodel, The Root Of Evil

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 77, 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.

01:00:29

5 Feb 20

Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia

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 76, 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.

Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia

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 76, 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.

52:15

29 Jan 20

The Runaway Murders

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

The Runaway Murders

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

55:23

22 Jan 20

Melissa Duran

On episode 74, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the case of Melissa Duran who was kidnapped in front of her home in Henderson, Nevada and was held for ransom by seemingly random kidnappers.

Melissa Duran

On episode 74, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the case of Melissa Duran who was kidnapped in front of her home in Henderson, Nevada and was held for ransom by seemingly random kidnappers.

01:05:28

15 Jan 20

Father Eric Freed

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

Father Eric Freed

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

58:50

8 Jan 20

Polly Klaas

On episode 72 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the kidnaping and murder of Polly Klaas who was taken from her home during a sleep over.

Polly Klaas

On episode 72 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the kidnaping and murder of Polly Klaas who was taken from her home during a sleep over.

01:08:16

2 Jan 20

Kenny Ratzlaff (Alexis has ANOTHER First Degree)

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

Kenny Ratzlaff (Alexis has ANOTHER First Degree)

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

48:11

25 Dec 19

Margaret Cho

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

Margaret Cho

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

01:05:05

18 Dec 19

A Murder on New Year’s Eve

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 69, 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.

A Murder on New Year’s Eve

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 69, 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.

01:01:51

11 Dec 19

Rose & Daisy Edwards

It was Jan of 2013 when friends and family of sisters Rose & Daisy Edwards were growing concerned after not being able to reach either of them. The reason for their radio silence would destroy a family and baffle the community of Billings Montana. On episode 68, 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.

Rose & Daisy Edwards

It was Jan of 2013 when friends and family of sisters Rose & Daisy Edwards were growing concerned after not being able to reach either of them. The reason for their radio silence would destroy a family and baffle the community of Billings Montana. On episode 68, 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.

58:26

4 Dec 19

Daniel Mooty & Curtis Gray

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 67, Jac, Alexis and Billy deconstruct the evidence with Courtney, one of Curtis' best friends and our First Degree guest.

Daniel Mooty & Curtis Gray

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 67, Jac, Alexis and Billy deconstruct the evidence with Courtney, one of Curtis' best friends and our First Degree guest.

58:51

27 Nov 19

Becky Sutton

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 66 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.

Becky Sutton

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 66 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.

01:26:56

20 Nov 19

A Bad Boy Romance and a Family Destroyed

What happens when you fall for a bad boy—a boy your parents refuse to let you to see? On episode 65, 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.

A Bad Boy Romance and a Family Destroyed

What happens when you fall for a bad boy—a boy your parents refuse to let you to see? On episode 65, 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.

01:50:43

13 Nov 19

The Hollywood Ripper

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 64, 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.

The Hollywood Ripper

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 64, 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.

01:25:21

6 Nov 19

Ashley Ellerin

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 63, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore Ashley's life and the mysterious identity of the man who stole it.

Ashley Ellerin

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 63, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore Ashley's life and the mysterious identity of the man who stole it.

01:02:10

30 Oct 19

Jesse "LJ" Matthew

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.

Jesse "LJ" Matthew

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.

01:44:36

23 Oct 19

Betty Stotts

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 61, 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.  Honey - Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE  Canvas 1839 - Go to CanvasRelief.com/firstdegree and get your Travel Size Relief Cream for $2 before they’re gone! Simple Health - The annual prescription is usually $20, but our listeners can try Simple Health for FREE - just go to SimpleHealth.com/DEGREE , or enter the code 'DEGREE' at checkout. 

Betty Stotts

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 61, 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.  Honey - Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE  Canvas 1839 - Go to CanvasRelief.com/firstdegree and get your Travel Size Relief Cream for $2 before they’re gone! Simple Health - The annual prescription is usually $20, but our listeners can try Simple Health for FREE - just go to SimpleHealth.com/DEGREE , or enter the code 'DEGREE' at checkout. 

01:40:24

16 Oct 19

Serial Killer Roger Fain

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 60, 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. Living Proof - make the switch to Living Proof today by visiting LivingProof.com/first and use promo code FIRST to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase!

Serial Killer Roger Fain

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 60, 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. Living Proof - make the switch to Living Proof today by visiting LivingProof.com/first and use promo code FIRST to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase!

01:42:31

9 Oct 19

Jaymie Adams

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 59 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the crime, the investigation and explore how personal biases possess the potential to ruin lives.  Stamps.com - get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in FIRSTDEGREE Canvas1839 - Visit canvasrelief.com/firstdegree to get your FREE Travel Size of CBD cream. No strings attached. No hidden subscription fees. Just $2 bucks to try the best damn CBD on the market.  Noom - Visit noom.com/firstdegree to start your trial today! Honey - Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE 

Jaymie Adams

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 59 of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the crime, the investigation and explore how personal biases possess the potential to ruin lives.  Stamps.com - get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just go to Stamps.com, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in FIRSTDEGREE Canvas1839 - Visit canvasrelief.com/firstdegree to get your FREE Travel Size of CBD cream. No strings attached. No hidden subscription fees. Just $2 bucks to try the best damn CBD on the market.  Noom - Visit noom.com/firstdegree to start your trial today! Honey - Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE 

01:28:53

2 Oct 19

Tracey Schoettlin

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 58, 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. Simple Health - try Simple Health for FREE, just go to simplehealth.com/DEGREE , or just enter the code 'DEGREE' at checkout! REN clean skincare - get 20% off all full-size items including Perfect Canvas at usa.renskincare.com using code 'FIRST' 

Tracey Schoettlin

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 58, 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. Simple Health - try Simple Health for FREE, just go to simplehealth.com/DEGREE , or just enter the code 'DEGREE' at checkout! REN clean skincare - get 20% off all full-size items including Perfect Canvas at usa.renskincare.com using code 'FIRST' 

01:28:00

25 Sep 19

Glen Rogers, The Casanova Killer

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 57, 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.   CANVAS 1839 - Visit canvasrelief.com/firstdegree -- and get your Travel Size of cream. No strings attached. No hidden subscription fees. Just $2 bucks to try the best damn CBD on the market.  REN SKINCARE - For a limited time, listeners get 20% off all full-size items including Perfect Canvas at usa.renskincare.com using code: FIRST HONEY - Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE 

Glen Rogers, The Casanova Killer

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 57, 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.   CANVAS 1839 - Visit canvasrelief.com/firstdegree -- and get your Travel Size of cream. No strings attached. No hidden subscription fees. Just $2 bucks to try the best damn CBD on the market.  REN SKINCARE - For a limited time, listeners get 20% off all full-size items including Perfect Canvas at usa.renskincare.com using code: FIRST HONEY - Get Honey for FREE at JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE 

01:34:16

18 Sep 19

Linda Price

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 56, 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.  FabFitFun - Use coupon code " FIRSTDEGREE " for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com   LivingProof - visit LivingProof.com/first and use promo code " FIRST " to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase! ThirdLove - Go to thirdlove.com/firstdegree to find your perfect-fit ting bra, and get 15% off your first purchase! 

Linda Price

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 56, 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.  FabFitFun - Use coupon code " FIRSTDEGREE " for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com   LivingProof - visit LivingProof.com/first and use promo code " FIRST " to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase! ThirdLove - Go to thirdlove.com/firstdegree to find your perfect-fit ting bra, and get 15% off your first purchase! 

54:16

11 Sep 19

Marti Hill

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.

Marti Hill

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.

01:06:33

4 Sep 19

Kim Goldman on Confronting OJ & The Aftermath

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. Get an exclusive intro offer of 6 bottles of wine for only $29.95!! Just go to TryFirstLeaf.com/FirstDegree Shop with confidence by signing up FREE at JoinHoney.com/FirstDegree

Kim Goldman on Confronting OJ & The Aftermath

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. Get an exclusive intro offer of 6 bottles of wine for only $29.95!! Just go to TryFirstLeaf.com/FirstDegree Shop with confidence by signing up FREE at JoinHoney.com/FirstDegree

01:10:23

28 Aug 19

Kim Goldman on Confronting OJ Simpson

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.

Kim Goldman on Confronting OJ Simpson

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.

01:03:20

21 Aug 19

Crystal Kipper (with Generation Why’s Justin Evans)

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. JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE to try it FREE! LivingProof.com/first and use promo code FIRST to get a FREE sample of their wonderful dry shampoo! Up your bra game by heading to ThirdLove.com/FIRSTDEGREE and get 15% OFF your first order!

Crystal Kipper (with Generation Why’s Justin Evans)

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. JoinHoney.com/FIRSTDEGREE to try it FREE! LivingProof.com/first and use promo code FIRST to get a FREE sample of their wonderful dry shampoo! Up your bra game by heading to ThirdLove.com/FIRSTDEGREE and get 15% OFF your first order!

01:12:54

14 Aug 19

A Bloody Christmas in St. George

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? TRYFirstLeaf.com/FirstDegree to get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95! Stamps.com with code 'FIRSTDEGREE' for a four week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale!

A Bloody Christmas in St. George

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? TRYFirstLeaf.com/FirstDegree to get 6 bottles of wine for $29.95! Stamps.com with code 'FIRSTDEGREE' for a four week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale!

01:06:45

7 Aug 19

The Murder of Elyse Pahler

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.

The Murder of Elyse Pahler

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.

01:10:52

31 Jul 19

Mackenzie Lueck

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.

Mackenzie Lueck

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.

01:12:19

24 Jul 19

The Abduction of Katie Beers

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.

The Abduction of Katie Beers

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.

01:22:05

17 Jul 19

JOEL RIFKIN, PART 2

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.

JOEL RIFKIN, PART 2

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.

01:10:33

10 Jul 19

JOEL RIFKIN, PART I

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.

JOEL RIFKIN, PART I

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.

53:26

3 Jul 19

The Warriners

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 45, 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.

The Warriners

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 45, 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.

01:17:09

26 Jun 19

Discovering Death: The Murder of Kenny Thomas Jr.

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.

Discovering Death: The Murder of Kenny Thomas Jr.

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.

01:24:36

19 Jun 19

Bonus - Sneak Peek of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare

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 LiSTNR.com and Apple Podcasts. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review.

Bonus - Sneak Peek of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare

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 LiSTNR.com and Apple Podcasts. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review.

10:40

13 Jun 19

Ali Kemp

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.

Ali Kemp

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.

01:02:52

12 Jun 19

Terra Newell

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.

Terra Newell

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.

01:18:25

5 Jun 19

Gloria Marmolejo

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.

Gloria Marmolejo

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.

01:18:29

29 May 19

Trial by Media: the Case of Millionaire Bob Ward, Part II

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.

Trial by Media: the Case of Millionaire Bob Ward, Part II

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.

01:10:04

22 May 19

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