The First Degree
The First Degree
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Join Ladygang's Jac Vanek, true crime TV producer Alexis Linkletter, and investigative journalist Billy Jensen on a chilling ride into the darkest corners of your worst nightmares. We're talking murder, serial killers, cults, conspiracy theories and beyond, all told through the eyes of a guest who is one degree of separation from the story itself. From Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer to an unknown heinous murder in your very own hometown, The First Degree will bring a new and refreshing perspective to the true crime phenomenon. And who knows... you may be our next guest.
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.
Oct 28
1 hr 3 min
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
Oct 21
1 hr 2 min
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
Oct 14
1 hr 5 min
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
Oct 7
53 min
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
Sep 30
47 min
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. Please support the show by checking out our sponsors: Caliper: Go to CALIPER.COM/FIRSTDEGREE. Don’t forget promo code FIRSTDEGREE for 20% off your first order! Madison Reed: Go to Madison-Reed.com, Listeners get 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING on their first Color Kit with code FIRSTDEGREEPODCAST Noom: Visit noom.com/FIRSTDEGREE to start your trial today Shapermint: Go to Shapermint.com/FIRSTDEGREE and use code FIRSTDEGREE, to get an added discount of an extra 10% on your order Upstart: Go to Upstart.com/firstdegree to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate can be
Sep 23
54 min
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.
Sep 16
58 min
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
Sep 9
1 hr 7 min
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.
Sep 2
1 hr 5 min
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”.
Aug 26
1 hr 1 min
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