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May 22, 2019
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.
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75 min
May 15, 2019
Trial by Media: the case of Millionaire Bob Ward
On the night of September 21st 2009, police responded to a 911 call at the Isleworth mansion of Bob and Diane Ward. Inside they found Diane dead from a gunshot wound. It launched one of the biggest courtroom sagas in Florida and a textbook example of trial by media. In Episode 40, Jac, Alexis and Billy are joined by First Degree guest, Sarah Ward-Rupp as she walks us through trauma of losing her mother and the decades-long battle to exonerate her father.
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63 min
May 8, 2019
The Bishops, Part II
On episode 39, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude the puzzling case of family annihilator William Bradford Bishop. The international manhunt for Bishop has spanned nearly four decades and lured law enforcement across international lines. Many questions remain, did Bradford Bishop use his international savvy to relocate abroad, or is he in the US hiding in plain sight?
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63 min
May 1, 2019
EPISODE 38: THE BISHOPS, PART I
In March of 1976, police were drawn to a fiery stretch of North Carolina woods. At the time, first responders had no idea that the horrors revealed there would prompt a world wide and decades long search for the person responsible. On Episode 38, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the mysterious force that unprecedentedly and unexpectedly snuffed out what appeared to be a perfect family.
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66 min
April 24, 2019
Episode 37: Two Sisters and a Psychopath
Psychopaths make up about one percent of the general population. We work with them, we're friends with them—and some of us even date, fall in love with, and marry them. On Episode 37, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with two sisters whose lives were uncomfortably intertwined with a dangerous psychopath, and how they were able to survive him to tell their tale. Higher Education Skincare - Head over to HigherEducationSkincare.com and use promo code FIRSTDEGREE for 20% off your first order Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/FIRST or use promo code FIRST for a free sample of dry shampoo Scentbird - Visit Scentbird.com/firstdegree and use code FIRSTDEGREE for 50% off your first month
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66 min
April 17, 2019
Episode 36: Ashlea Ann Harris
Black Friday is the name assigned to the notorious shopping day after Thanksgiving. Although the original derivative of the term has been diluted, some say that the phrase was originally coined by police in the 1950's to describe the mayhem prompted by a high volume of shoppers who cause traffic accidents, trample over each other, and resort to intentional brutality... all in the name of a bargain. On episode thirty six, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the details of a chilling Black Friday case that boasts all the trappings of what some believe the day itself represents; chaos, materialism, and violence-inducing greed. Higher Education Skincare - Head over to HigherEducationSkincare.com and use promo code FIRSTDEGREE for 20% off your first order Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/FIRST or use promo code FIRST for a free sample of dry shampoo
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76 min
April 10, 2019
Episode 35: The DeBeers
There is no crime more difficult to comprehend than the murder of a child by his or her own parents. Nevertheless, tales of the killing of newborn children are as old as time. On episode 35, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the elusive concept of neonatacide, and delve into the incredibly disturbing case of the Debeers, who didn’t stop at killing just one of their newborns. SeroVital - Try SeroVital Advanced by texting FIRSTDEGREE to 246810 and enjoy your $70 discount now
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60 min
April 3, 2019
Episode 34: Michelle Lavin
Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the two week window after leaving their partners than at any other time during the relationship. And on Episode 34, Jac, Alexis and Billy profile a case that illustrates the horror of that statistic and shows the devastating aftermath when they’re joined by a first degree connection who was at the very center of the story in the worst possible way. SeroVital - Try SeroVital Advanced by texting FIRSTDEGREE to 246810 and enjoy your $70 discount now
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65 min
March 27, 2019
Episode 33: Samantha Young
On April 19, 2015, a 21-year-old named Samantha Young was found brutally murdered behind her ex boyfriend's house. Her killing was horrific; but even more chilling was the revelation of the months of planning the perpetrators undertook before the murder. On episode 33, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the facets of the case, the conspiracy, and how dysfunctional puppy love can lead to a decent into madness. Buffy - Go to Buffy.CO and enter Degree for $20 off your comforter Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/FIRST or use promo code FIRST for a free sample of dry shampoo SeroVital - Try SeroVital Advanced by texting FIRSTDEGREE to 246810 and enjoy your $70 discount now
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70 min
March 20, 2019
Episode 32: The Smiley Face Killer Theory, Part 2
Is there a serial killer gang murdering college-age men in the waters of America? Jac, Alexis & Billy conclude the story of the Smiley Face Killer theory, with the help of Kevin Gannon, Mike Donovan, Anthony Duarte, and Doc Gilbertson. Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com now and use Promo code FIRST for 3 free cups in your first box Kopari - Check out KopariBeauty.com/FIRST for $5 off your first subscription
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71 min
March 13, 2019
Episode 31: The Smiley Face Killer Theory, Part 1
Dozens of young men found dead in bodies of water in the northeast and Midwest. Most were last seen leaving parties or bars. Most of their deaths were classified as accidental drownings. But a group of retired detectives believe their deaths are the result of something much more sinister—an elusive network of individuals who are murdering these young men. On episode 31, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore both sides of the "Smiley Face Killer" theory. The various cases, the shared characteristics between victims and interviews with the detectives while at the same time weighing the conflicting evidence—that most of these cases were just tragic accidents. Buffy - Go to Buffy.CO and enter Degree for $20 off your comforter Care Of - Go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code degree50 for 50% off your first month of personalized care of vitamins
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63 min
March 6, 2019
Episode 30: Todd Gieb
22-year-old Todd Geib goes missing after an orchard party in rural Michigan. For 20 days, his family and friends frantically search for him. On the 21st day, they find his body, floating upright in a private lake. Was Todd's death an accident, or did he fall victim to something sinister? In episode 30, Jac, Alexis and Billy speak with Todd's mother, examine the evidence, and deconstruct the curious case of Todd Gieb. Buffy - Go to Buffy.CO and enter Degree for $20 off your comforter
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67 min
February 27, 2019
Episode 29: Sarah Johnson
A married couple is found murdered in the bedroom of their home. Their teenage daughter runs out of the house screaming that someone killed her parents. In episode 29, Jac, Alexis and Billy discuss the case of Sarah Johnson, shedding light on the motives, the opportunity, and the pink bathrobe that held one of the secrets that led to a conviction. But they also show the coverage and concern it received in contrast to the same-town murder of Maggie Guardado, the focus of episode 28. A memorial scholarship has been established in Alan and Diane Johnson's memory: https://www.alandianejohnsonscholarship.com/ Kopari - Check out KopariBeauty.com/FIRST for $5 off your first subscription Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/FIRST or use promo code FIRST for a free sample of dry shampoo
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80 min
February 20, 2019
Episode 28: Maggie Guardado
On episode twenty eight of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis and Billy tell the story of the vicious murder of Maggie Guardado. When the charred body of 16 year Old Maggie was discovered in front of her house, suspicion immediately fell on her much older boyfriend. But Maggie also had a jealous ex. Police use cell phone records and a dried blood stain to piece together who killed Maggie and set her on fire. Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com now and use Promo code FIRST for 3 free cups in your first box Green Chef - Visit GreenChef.us/degree for $50 off your first box Zola - Check out Zola.com/firstdegree to get $50 off your registry
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63 min
February 13, 2019
Episode 27: The Hawes Family
Have you ever gotten mad at a sibling? Sure. But have you ever conspired to kill them? On episode twenty seven of The First Degree, Jac, Alexis & Billy dive head first into the curious crimes committed within the Hawes family, a case as perplexing as it is gruesome. A family conspiracy, numerous crime scenes, hidden weapons, and a second death that remains a mystery to this day. Care Of - Go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code degree50 for 50% off your first month of personalized care of vitamins Kopari - Check out KopariBeauty.com/FIRST for $5 off your first subscription
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90 min
February 6, 2019
Episode 26: Ted Bundy, Part III
In episode twenty six, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with part three of the Ted Bundy series. Covering Bundy's time on death row, his bizarre romantic relationships, his desperate last minute confession, the ensuing media circus, and finally, his execution. The chilling details of Ted Bundy's final moments are shared by First Degree guest Tony Panaccio, who at 23-years-old watched Ted Bundy die in the electric chair. Kopari - Check out KopariBeauty.com/FIRST for $5 off your first subscription
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73 min
January 30, 2019
Episode 25: Ted Bundy, Part II
In part two of this First Degree three-part special on Ted Bundy, Jac, Alexis and Billy detail his horrific killing rampage in Florida following his second escape, his capture after killing a 12 year old girl, and his trial where he represented himself and cross-examined witnesses.
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68 min
January 23, 2019
Episode 24: Ted Bundy, Part I
January 24th is 30 years to the day that serial killer Ted Bundy was executed at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida. In part one of this special three-part First Degree series, Jac, Alexis and Billy revisit Bundy's infamous reign of terror, examine what drove a charismatic, educated and attractive man to kill and how he escaped justice for so long. They speak with Tony Panaccio, who was 23-year-old journalist when he won the lottery to become an eyewitness to Bundy’s electric-chair execution. Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com now and use Promo code FIRST for 3 free cups in your first box Zola - Check out Zola.com/FIRSTDEGREE to get $50 off your registry
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71 min
January 16, 2019
Episode 23: The Hero Of The Gabrielle Giffords Mass Shooting
In episode twenty three, Jac, Alexis & Billy delve into the 2011 Tucson mass shooting and assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, an attack in which six people were killed and thirteen injured. While they explore the mind of the shooter and his last steps before the massacre, they focus on one of the heroes of the day, Gabe Zimmerman, who was safely inside while the shooting starting and rushed outside to take bullets meant for others. Kopari - Check out KopariBeauty.com/FIRST for $5 off your first subscription Lola - Visit MyLola.com and enter FirstDegree for 40% off when you subscribe
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67 min
January 9, 2019
Episode 22: The Source Family Cult
On Episode twenty two, Jac, Alexis & Billy discuss Father Yod and The Source Family Cult. With the help of former member Magus The Aquarian, they detail all of the bizarre sex practices, the murders, the ruined lives and the Manson Family crossover—all the makings of one of the most fascinating stories of cult behavior that you've probably never heard of.
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62 min
January 2, 2019
Episode 21: Chris Spotz
On episode twenty one, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore a baffling murder case that stretches from the bright lights of Hollywood to the wheat fields of Northeast Colorado – two fledgling actors, a secret life, and a deadly high speed chase. Sunday Scaries - Check out SundayScaries.com and use promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off and free shipping
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72 min
December 26, 2018
Episode 20: Milan Ross
Holiday hijinx abound as Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the bizarre case of Milan Ross: a celebrity vegan Chef with a secret past, a dark food obsession and history of violence that culminated in a triple homicide on Christmas 2017. Sun Basket - Visit SunBasket.com/FIRST to get $35 off your first order Sunday Scaries - Check out SundayScaries.com and use promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off and free shipping
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78 min
December 19, 2018
Episode 19: The Jonestown Massacre, Part 2
On episode nineteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy close with part two of The Jonestown Massacre. They'll explore the events of one of the largest mass murders in history accompanied by The First Degree perspectives of survivors Jim Jones Junior and Jorden Vilchez. Blink - Check out www.BlinkForHome.com/FIRSTDEGREE Sunday Scaries - Check out SundayScaries.com and use promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off and free shipping
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67 min
December 12, 2018
Episode 18: The Jonestown Massacre, Part 1
In episode eighteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy explore what some call the one of the biggest mass murders in history. The First Degree connection to the Jonestown Massacre are two people who were able to escape with their lives; including Jim Jones Junior, the son of The People's Temple Founder Reverend Jim Jones. Blink - Check out www.BlinkForHome.com/FIRSTDEGREE Express VPN - Go to ExpressVPN.com/FIRSTDEGREE for 3 months free with a 1 year package Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/FIRST or use promo code FIRST for a free sample of dry shampoo M.Gemi - Get $50 off your first pair at www.MGemi.com/FIRSTDEGREE
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88 min
December 5, 2018
Episode 17: Thad Reynolds, Part 2
Jac, Alexis & Billy conclude with part two of the Thad Reynolds story, a case that deals with conspiracy, manipulation, and incredible acts of adultery, all which culminated in an act of ultimate betrayal; murder. Blink - Check out www.BlinkForHome.com/FIRSTDEGREE Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com now and use Promo code FIRST for 3 free cups in your first box Sun Basket - Visit SunBasket.com/FIRST to get $35 off your first order Sunday Scaries - Check out SundayScaries.com and use promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off and free shipping
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65 min
November 28, 2018
Episode 16: Thad Reynolds
On episode sixteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy examine a grisly murder that left the conservative town of Rome, Georgia reeling. Thad Reynolds, husband, father and Church deacon was stabbed 19 times in his office. His savage slaying left the members of his church devastated; and the only thing worse than losing Thad, would be learning the truth about who was responsible. Blink - Check out www.BlinkForHome.com/FIRSTDEGREE Express VPN - Go to ExpressVPN.com/FIRSTDEGREE for 3 months free with a 1 year package Sunday Scaries - Check out SundayScaries.com and use promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off and free shipping
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60 min
November 21, 2018
Episode 15: Internet Satan
On episode fifteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy speak with two First Degree guests who were plagued by the same fiendish stalker for decades, a stalker they came to call “Internet Satan.” They cover the twisted details of his crimes, his tactics of torment, the physical and psychological aftermath, and his ultimate capture. Blink - Check out www.BlinkForHome.com/FIRSTDEGREE Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/FIRST or use promo code FIRST for a free sample of dry shampoo Sunday Scaries - Check out SundayScaries.com and use promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off and free shipping
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78 min
November 14, 2018
Episode 14: Travis Forbes, Part 2
On episode fourteen, Jac, Alexis & Billy conclude the Travis Forbes case by exploring the details of the attack on his second known victim, the evidence that broke the case wide open, the demise of sociopath Travis Forbes, and finally; the truth about what happened to Kenia Monge. Blink - Check out www.BlinkForHome.com/FIRSTDEGREE Express VPN - Go to www.ExpressVPN.com/FIRSTDEGREE for 3 months free with a year package Madison Reed - Visit www.Madison-Reed.com and use code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit M.Gemi - Get $50 off your first pair at www.MGemi.com/FIRSTDEGREE
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64 min
November 7, 2018
Episode 13: Travis Forbes, Part 1
A teenage girl goes missing and a smooth talking modern day Ted Bundy has all the answers. Follow Jac, Alexis and Billy as they explore the unthinkable crimes committed by Travis Forbes with the help of not one but two First Degree connections. Blink - Check out Blinkforhome.com/FirstDegree now for peace of mind starting at $99 Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com now and use Promo code FIRST for 3 free cups in your first box Madison Reed - Visit Madison-Reed.com and use Promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off your first color kit and free shipping
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61 min
October 31, 2018
Episode 12: Paul Ezra Rhoades
On episode twelve, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the horrifying case of serial killer Paul Ezra Rhoades. The terrifying details of his crimes and the emotional aftermath that followed is accompanied by the chilling First Degree perspective of a 17-year-old girl who won the lottery to witness his final breath through the window of his execution chamber. Madison Reed - Go to Madison-Reed.com and use Promo code First Degree Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/FIRST or use promo code FIRST for a free sample of dry shampoo Express VPN - Go to ExpressVPN.com/FIRSTDEGREE for 3 months free with a 1 year package
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74 min
October 24, 2018
Episode 11: The Nightmare on Hickory Street, Part 2
On episode eleven, Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude The Nightmare On Hickory Street case. They dive into the details of this gruesome double-homicide and attempt to understand what could turn a typical suburban kick back party into a slaughterhouse. Madison Reed - Go to Madison-Reed.com and use Promo code First Degree
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50 min
October 17, 2018
Episode 10: The Nightmare On Hickory Street, Part 1
On episode ten, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine a disturbing and senseless double-murder known as "The Nightmare On Hickory Street." In part one, they'll delve into the details of the crime scene, the possible motives, and the minds of the young killers who are responsible. Express VPN - Go to ExpressVPN.com/FIRSTDEGREE for 3 months free with a 1 year package M. Gemi - Check out MGemi.com/FIRSTDEGREE for $50 off your first pair
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68 min
October 10, 2018
Episode 9: The Curious Case of Johnny Lewis
On episode nine, Jac, Alexis and Billy explore the puzzling trail of destruction left in the wake of Sons of Anarchy actor, Johnny Lewis. They'll track his rapid decline, his decent into madness, the grisly murder of his elderly landlady and ultimately, the discovery of Johnny's body in the driveway of a Hollywood hills mansion. Leesa - Leesa.com/FIRST and promo code FIRST for up to $235 off and free shipping Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter code FIRST to get 3 free cups in your first box
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83 min
October 3, 2018
Episode 8: Chasing Luka Magnotta, Part II
Jac, Alexis and Billy conclude with Part 2 of the Luka Magnotta story, a case which deals with a fame obsessed, narcissistic killer who first murdered kittens and posted the videos online before escalating to killing a human victim, posting the video online and sending his body parts across the continent. Leesa - Leesa.com/FIRST and promo code FIRST for up to $235 off and free shipping Madison Reed - Madison-Reed.com and promo code FIRST DEGREE for 10% off and free shipping on your first kit
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61 min
September 26, 2018
Episode 7: Chasing Luka Magnotta, Part I
Jac, Alexis and Billy encounter one of the most demented killers of the social media era, Luka Magnotta. The details of Luka's infamous crimes are told through the First Degree perspective of a determined citizen detective who hunted, identified, corresponded with, and was ultimately taunted by Magnotta himself. This episode follows Luka's path of destruction, his desire for fame and his escalation from kitten killer to one of the most gruesome and publicly viewed murders in history. Hundreds of thousands of women know the secret to gorgeous hair color. Find your perfect shade at: HERE!
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62 min
September 19, 2018
How Far Would You Go For Revenge?
On episode 6, Jac, Alexis and Billy examine the murder of a beautiful San Francisco socialite named Joan McShane Mills. The characteristics of Joan's slaying and the events that followed have all the makings of a twisted Hollywood thriller; two open ended homicides, double lives, stolen bodies, decoy caskets, poetic justice, and a man accused of taking the law into his own hands.
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77 min
September 12, 2018
I Was Just Leaving Work...Then He Slid His Knife Into My Side
On episode five, Jac, Alexis and Billy cover The Bellevue Slasher, a silent assailant who calmly stabbed five strangers during a slashing spree in Midtown Manhattan on November 11th, 1980. Don't bother trying to google the case, you'll get nowhere. This elusive story is told through the First Degree perspective of The Bellevue Slasher's fourth victim, Dr. Robert Wolfe; a man who narrowly escaped with his life and lived to tell the tale. They'll dissect each vicious attack, the pain, the hunt for the assailant, the psychological aftermath and the disturbing surge of stranger slashings that plague New York City today.
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62 min
September 5, 2018
A Detective Hunted Serial Sex Offenders...Then Found One In His Family
On episode four, Jac, Alexis and Billy dismantle the minds of serial sex offenders through the perspective of Detective Jordan Mirakian; a dedicated law enforcement officer who uncovered a horrifying personal connection to a series of chilling sexual assaults.They cover the psychology of predators, serial killers with sex-offender pasts, and the likelihood of escalation.  Thank you to this episode's sponsor Leesa Mattress = Get $235 off and free shipping when you visit Leesa.com/first
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74 min
August 29, 2018
He Went To My Sweet 16...Then He Murdered Someone
In episode three, Jac, Alexis, and Billy delve into a nightmarish murder that sent shock waves through the picturesque hamlet of Nesconset, New York. After hearing this chilling First Degree perspective from one of our very own hosts, you'll come to truly understand our phrase," keep your friends close, but not that close.
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58 min
August 22, 2018
Jac’s Story: The Real Homicide Of Orange County
In episode two, Jac, Alexis, and Billy dive head first into Jac’s first degree story. Growing up in a cookie cutter neighborhood of Orange County, the last thing Jac expected was to be one degree away from a sinister homicide. This episode encompasses all of the elements of a made-for-TV movie story: sex, cheating, sugar babies, a love triangle, pro athletes, master manipulation, and of course…murder.
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77 min
August 15, 2018
Megan Wants A Millionaire: The Story of Ryan Jenkins
In the debut episode, Jac, Alexis, and crime journalist Billy Jensen examine the tale of Ryan Jenkins, an alleged Canadian millionaire with a dream of making it big on reality television. His wish was granted when he landed starring roles on VH1’s Megan Wants A Millionaire and I Love Money 3, but the real life drama that followed was far too twisted and explicit for TV. After a strange disappearance, a trail of gruesome evidence, and an international manhunt, it became clear that his fairy tale love story would never have its happy ending. And thank you today's sponsor SunBasket = Get at $35 off your first week at SunBasket.com/first
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80 min
August 8, 2018
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