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The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. No crime is too brutal and no victim is too pure. The worst monsters are real.


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Aug 2 • 64 min
The lives of Kevin and Marina Krim were forever changed on October 25th, 2012. All of New York City was suddenly rethinking their caregivers. “Is the person taking care of mom, dad, the dog, or the baby actually safe? What are the chances we could…
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Jul 19 • 72 min
July of 2016 was a bad month in Bend, Oregon. Isabel Ponce Lara woke up one morning to her husband, Edwin Lara, acting very strangely. The events that would follow over the next 2 days changed her life forever. Isabel’s life would not be the only one…
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Jun 28 • 57 min
Freedom of speech and religion are two foundational parts of what this nation has to offer. They’re important to us and when we feel they’re being infringed upon, Americans speak up. What happens when freedom of religion directly causes harm to someone…
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Jun 14 • 60 min
Orange County California has seen its fair share of bizarre crimes. When Sam Herr, a decorated combat veteran is nowhere to be found and his best friend Julie Kibuishi is discovered dead in Sam’s apartment, police are quick to begin a manhunt. As the…
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May 31 • 71 min
8-year-old Isabella Cipriano woke up in the middle of the night in April of 2012 to find that her father, mother, and brother were being attacked in the family home in Farmington Hills, Michigan. On the surface, this seemed to be a random home invasion,…
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May 17 • 60 min
Ryan Lawrence appeared to be a caring and dutiful father, taking his 21-month-old daughter Maddox with him as he delivered pastries throughout Syracuse, New York, and holding her hand through a rare form of cancer she was diagnosed with before her first…
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May 3 • 65 min
On May 6th, 2013, Sharlene Bosma watched as her husband Tim pulled away from their house on a test drive with two strange men, never to return again. Finding the mysterious kidnappers will only be part of the struggle. Finding out what happened to Tim…
160 - COVID CRIMES
Apr 22 • 77 min
Never before have so many of us been forcibly cooped up in our houses for this length of time. COVID-19 has shaken up our routines and our state of mind. During this quarantine, we’ve seen an increase in drug and alcohol consumption, in stress-levels and…
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Apr 20 • 71 min
The quiet seclusion of rural Maine gives many people a feeling of solace but sometimes the isolation can fracture a person’s psyche. The rural town of Winthrop, Maine had never seen a murder case like the one on Halloween 2016. Andrew Balcer, a minor,…
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Mar 26 • 65 min
Citizens of Bakersfield California were in for a crazy day on December 10, 2016. The public events of this day would result in a police chase, and two deaths, eventually a third. Manuel Vela was no stranger to dealing with the law, and resisting arrest…
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Mar 16 • 65 min
Who do we blame when an innocent 8-year-old boy is brutally murdered in a stranger’s kitchen? In this particular case, fingers are pointed in every direction. The cut-and-dry cases of random abduction and murder are terrible and tragic, yet simple. The…
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Mar 1 • 63 min
The United States has experienced a slew of mass murders in recent years, but the two mass shootings that occurred within 14 hours of each other in August of 2019 have made a big impact on a society that is becoming more complacent by the day. The 24-hour…
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Feb 15 • 64 min
We’re back with the riveting conclusion to the tale of Ezra McCandless and her claims of repeated sexual victimization. To understand the many facets of this case, you absolutely must go back and listen to part 1 before you listen to this episode. We…
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Feb 2 • 70 min
Ezra McCandless wove a web of complicated relationships for herself, getting involved romantically with many of the men in her coffee-shop clique in a hipster Wisconsin college town. Things were going well for her until they weren’t, and one person in the…
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Dec 19, 2019 • 86 min
A neighbor dispute turns deadly after a brain damaged war vet with PTSD finally snaps on Labor Day 2012. Did Billy Woodward plan his military style assault, or did he have no choice but to Stand His Ground?
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Dec 8, 2019 • 62 min
This is the exciting conclusion of the Sheila Davalloo Story. If you haven’t listened to part one go back one episode and start there. The leads in Anna Lisa Raymundo’s murder investigation were dead ends… that is until Sheila Davalloo tries to kill her…
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Nov 23, 2019 • 50 min
This is the riveting first part of a two-part story that will leave you wondering “how well do I know my significant other.” Sheila Davalloo is educated and from an affluent family. She lives among the well-to-do and works for the powers that be but her…
Sword and Scale Daily - Nov 15, 2019
Nov 15, 2019 • 13 min
A school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, leaves two students dead and five injured. A Texas jury sentences a man to death for the double-murder of his roommate, and his roommates 17-year-old girlfriend. Finally, law enforcement in California…
Sword and Scale Daily - Meet the Host
Nov 14, 2019 • 2 min
Daily true-crime news and coverage of high-profile criminal cases from around the country and around the globe, five days a week.
Introducing Sword and Scale Daily
Nov 14, 2019 • 0 min
Daily true-crime news and coverage of high-profile criminal cases from around the country and around the globe, five days a week.
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Nov 10, 2019 • 52 min
Around 1 A.M. on October 15th, 2018, Barron County Sheriff’s Department receives a 911 call. What sounds to be a struggle and screaming on the other end of the line triggers deputies to drive to the home which the number was registered to. Upon arrival,…
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Oct 27, 2019 • 43 min
In April 2018, Boca Raton Police Department were alerted of a missing person. James Scandirito II was calling to report that his father, 74-year-old James ‘Skip’ Scandirito was missing from his home and that he had not heard from his father in a few days.…
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Oct 13, 2019 • 55 min
We’re taking a deep dive into the world of YouTube rant channels in the early 2000s. Tony48219 loved to sit in his computer chair and shout at the camera about evolution, geocentrism, women, and atheists. Most of his abrasive opinions were met with…
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Sep 28, 2019 • 41 min
Sexual child abuse is so widespread that the numbers are astounding. We seem to forget that the threat is omnipresent and can come in the form of another troubled child with little to no parental supervision. Girls are typically more pretected, more…
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Sep 8, 2019 • 73 min
Domestic violence happens every day. It happens so often that as a society we’re numb to it. When Brandon Clark stabbed Bianca Devins in the throat it was just another case of domestic violence. But when Brandon posted the gory photo online taunting…
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Sep 1, 2019 • 63 min
The afternoon of January 13th, 2010, a Conyers Georgia police officer encounters an exasperated 16-year-old Tasmiyah Whitehead approaching his squad car in a gated community. The girl claims she and her identical twin arrived home from school to find…
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Aug 18, 2019 • 50 min
When ‘Megan Wants A Millionaire’ is suspended from airing after only three episodes, a former Reality TV ‘star’ rises to infamy after a brutal murder, and international manhunt.
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Aug 4, 2019 • 52 min
Most of the time, accidents are simply just that. Accidents. Sometimes though, collisions are made with precise decision making, with little to no care in terms of the safety of human beings. We’re going to examine a few cases of wrong way drivers that…
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Jul 21, 2019 • 53 min
On July 17th, 2016, former United State Marine Gavin Long went into Baton Rouge, Louisiana to wage an all out war on the police. Many thought it was in retaliation for the tragic death of Alton Sterling in the weeks prior, but not everything is as it…
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Jul 14, 2019 • 62 min
When 23 year old Bonnie Haim goes missing in January of 1993, abandoning her husband and 3 year old son, all fingers point toward her husband, Michael Haim. With no body, no DNA evidence, and no proof, police couldn’t make an arrest, and couldn’t prove…
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Jul 4, 2019 • 62 min
During the early morning hours of May 5th, 2012, Mark Duenas was awoken by what sounded like a catfight outside of his family home. He got up from his recliner and began checking the outside of the home. Walking down the hallway, he noticed the light on…
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Jun 9, 2019 • 60 min
Andrew Urdiales, a serial killer with military training, attacks and tortures women across three states for ten years. Only one woman lives to the tell her harrowing tale; but with no evidence left behind, how many years will pass until justice is served?
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May 26, 2019 • 53 min
The process of vetting those we allow into our lives is a precarious one. When young, prospective college student Brandy Rosine met Jade Olmstead online, it seemed to be love at first Skype. Things were going smoothly for the couple, they began living…
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May 12, 2019 • 63 min
On October 10th, 2008, 38-year-old Johnny Altinger made his way to South Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He had set up a date with a mysterious woman on the website Plenty of Fish. He emailed friends and family about his big date, even forwarding the…
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Apr 21, 2019 • 49 min
Serious psychological issues can develop, fester, and become toxic in the cover of darkness when not addressed and treated properly. None of us are immune to the dangers or pitfalls of mental illness or where dark thoughts could lead us. On March 10th,…
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Apr 7, 2019 • 44 min
16-year-old Emma Walker broke up with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Riley Gaul because she realized it wasn’t a healthy relationship and was tired of his controlling and abusive behavior. But when she needed help after a series of strange and frightening…
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Mar 23, 2019 • 87 min
Sticks and stones will break my bones… a child’s nursery rhyme which contains a universal truth that is all but lost in today’s day and age of safe spaces and mass censorship of “hurtful words.” Respect is not only demanded in this brave new world, but…
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Mar 9, 2019 • 79 min
Three vicious murders in rural Northeastern Maine stun the small city of Amity’s 238 residents. A missing truck, three innocent victims killed with surgical precision, and a crime scene just a few miles West of the US/Canadian border leave detectives with…
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Feb 25, 2019 • 59 min
On July 17th, 2016, Cara Beckerle went up to the bedroom of her 19-year-old daughter, Aleah, to check on her. When she opened the door, the bed was empty, and Aleah’s wheelchair was sitting next to it. Aleah could not have left of her own free will, as…
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Feb 11, 2019 • 79 min
Chris Watts is arrested and charged with murder on August 15th, 2018 in the disappearance of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two children, daughters Bella and Celeste. The caring father and husband was the envy of those who followed their success live…
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Jan 26, 2019 • 68 min
On August 13th, 2018, expectant mother Shanann Watts and her daughters Bella and Celeste were reported missing from their home in Frederick, Colorado. As if vanishing into thin air, her vehicle was left locked in the family garage, her purse and wallet…
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Dec 16, 2018 • 61 min
All you need, is love. The lyrics etched on the consciousness of an entire generation. But what happens when all you need, is lost? 36-year old former child actor Aaron Wulf details nearly thirty years of violent physical and sexual abuse in his nearly…
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Dec 9, 2018 • 51 min
9-year old Omaree Varela’s lifeless, bruised, and tattered body was recovered at the base of toy bouncy horse just two days after Christmas in 2013. His mother and stepfather claimed his death was the result of a freak accident while playing with his…
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Nov 25, 2018 • 55 min
In 2008, Adam Baker and his daughter, Zahra, moved to the United States from Queensland, Australia with the hopes of having the perfect new life. Adam had just married his new bride, Elisa, whom Zahra was quite fond of. What they soon began to learn was…
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Nov 11, 2018 • 43 min
On Tuesday September 13th, 2016 a 911 call police responded to 363 Covert Court Ashland, Ohio, an abandoned house near a laundromat. Minutes earlier, a frantic 911 call had been placed, from this location, by a woman who claimed she was being held captive…
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Oct 28, 2018 • 44 min
Chris and Cameron Ervin felt neglected and under-loved. In a life of increasing pressures, they numbed their minds with recreational drugs and shucked all responsibility in spite of being provided every opportunity to lead a successful life. When life…
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Oct 13, 2018 • 51 min
In 1997, Shannon McCrossan moved with her two daughters, 8-year-old Kirsten Hatfield and 3-year-old Faith to a home on Jet Drive in Midwest City, OK. At the time, life seemed to be okay. The neighbors were friendly and there were children for the girls to…
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Sep 30, 2018 • 63 min
In the early morning hours of February 5th, 2015, a man wearing a mask and black tactical gear burst into the bedroom of Lisa Trubnikova. Eventually, he took the mask off to reveal a familiar face. He wanted the women to know who he was and why he was…
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Sep 15, 2018 • 75 min
51-year-old Ruth Pyne is found beaten and stabbed to death in the garage of her home in Highland Township, Michigan. Her immediate family members become the focus of the investigation, and one of them has a questionable alibi. Indirect evidence begins to…
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Sep 1, 2018 • 69 min
On July 21st, 2006, an entire family seemingly disappeared from their home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. When police searched the residence, there were no signs of a break-in. Nothing was disturbed, and nothing of value appeared to be missing. But there…
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Aug 19, 2018 • 58 min
Everyone loves the idea of having the perfect family and keeping everyone close together. Go to work, come home, play with the kids, eat dinner together. Unfortunately, that isn’t always how things go. In 2015, the Bever family was the perfect example of…
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Aug 5, 2018 • 65 min
We all love to talk about all of the things we’re going to do to better ourselves… all of the changes we want to make. Maybe we’d like to focus more on our families, start a business, or go back to school. Whatever the case, these aspirations often remain…
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Jul 22, 2018 • 76 min
When you have a problem, you hire someone to fix it. That’s what you do. Sometimes you don’t have the benefit of Yelp reviews though…
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Jun 17, 2018 • 66 min
During the early morning hours of September 22nd, 2010, 13-year-old Alexis Mitchell awoke to the sight of her father looming over her and wearing a Halloween mask. His hands were around her neck, but he let up after she elbowed and bit him. Either having…
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Jun 3, 2018 • 60 min
On Sunday, October 4th 2009, Milford Police Sgt. Kevin Furlong was dispatched by 911 to 4 Trow Road in Mont Vernon. There had been a home invasion. Inside he found Jaimie Cates with multiple stab wounds and injuries and the body of her mom Kimberly Cates…
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May 20, 2018 • 75 min
31-year-old Nicole VanderHeyden was substitute teacher and mother of three. She lived with her boyfriend and father of her infant son, Doug Detrie, in Bellevue, Brown County, WI. The Green Bay metro area. Her body was found naked and strangled in a farm…
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May 12, 2018 • 60 min
Some crimes are so extreme that they defy the laws of nature. Ending the life of your very own mother, for example, is so unfathomable to most that it may be the most vile crime imaginable. The story we tell you here goes well beyond that. Strap in..
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Apr 29, 2018 • 74 min
This will be, BY FAR, the most frustrating podcast you listen to (perhaps ever). We here, at Sword and Scale, have had some pretty frustrating interactions with emergency operators, but nothing can prepare you for this audio gem. We also tangentially…
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Apr 14, 2018 • 67 min
Some tales of human depravity are just unimaginable. Are they the actions of a monster, or simply a monstrous act? Sometimes the lines are not quite so clear, and perhaps monsters are not only real, but existing all around us, and hidden in plain site.…
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Apr 1, 2018 • 61 min
What exactly is “God’s Plan?” Do you know? Some people think they do. Jonathan Hearn and Sabrina Limon thought “God’s Plan” included having an illicit affair and killing Sabrina’s husband.
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Mar 17, 2018 • 97 min
Part 2 of the Natalie Bollinger Murder…
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Mar 4, 2018 • 58 min
A teenage girl is stalked by a homeless man and suddenly goes missing two weeks later.
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Feb 18, 2018 • 67 min
When Jane Bashara was found strangled to death in the back of her SUV nobody knew what to make of it. Things like this simply didn’t happen in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, a wealthy community of million-dollar homes. The Bashara’s, now empty nesters in…
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Feb 4, 2018 • 81 min
The human mind can go to such depths of depravity that, for the average well-adjusted person, it’s hard to even imagine. Kevin Ray Underwood’s mind was so far gone that his sexual fantasies started to include cannibalism. When 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin…
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Jan 21, 2018 • 86 min
So many leaves… It doesn’t happen often, but the intersection of Psychosis and Psychopathy is a scary place. A place where all things that are good, break down and all that’s left is pure darkness. Matthew Hoffman lived in such a place…
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Dec 10, 2017 • 76 min
“CENTAUR… you have awoken. Don’t let them kill you.” The bath salts epidemic has reached new proportions in the state of Florida, as more and more shocking cases make their way to the front pages of local papers, before capturing International attention…
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Nov 26, 2017 • 63 min
Love is often expressed with gifts such as flowers and chocolates, but those same gifts can be used to manipulate, control and threaten in the hands of a stalker. That is a lesson that Alice Ruggles learned the hard way from her obsessed ex-boyfriend…
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Nov 12, 2017 • 60 min
Nothing quite says fear like a machete. In this episode we bring you to distinct stories of some of the most barbaric and utterly inexplicable attacks with a blade to poor souls who did nothing to deserve such brutality. The first story comes from Apex,…
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Oct 29, 2017 • 70 min
The death of a little girl named Jodi Parrack send a small town into a spiral of shock and disbelief. Everyone goes looking, but when a reserve police officer named Raymond McCann suggests looking in the cemetery all eyes turn on him as the primary…
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Oct 15, 2017 • 65 min
We conclude with Part 2 of the Scrivo Murder Case, a story which deals with elements of mental illness, grief and the relationship between a mother and a son.
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Oct 1, 2017 • 51 min
For our landmark hundredth episode we cover a story that has all the elements our listeners love to hear. A graphic and gory case of body parts being found scattered across a roadway, and the unbelievable tale of how the case then unfolds from there will…
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Sep 16, 2017 • 77 min
Underreported and underdiscussed, male sexual child abuse is a topic that is often brushed under the rug due to social norms and the child’s fears of being labelled a homosexual or future perpetrator. Data from various studies indicates that the problem…
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Sep 3, 2017 • 62 min
“We lock our doors at night to keep the outside world, to keep evil out, right? …but what happens when evil has a key?” Those were the words spoken by Nation Hahn, a man who knows first hand how evil can deceptively find its way into your home without…
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Aug 20, 2017 • 60 min
Becoming a parent can be one of the most joy-filled experiences in one’s life. It has been a long-standing tradition for friends, family and neighbors to all gather to celebrate this special experience with a baby shower. In the last decade or so, a new…
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Aug 6, 2017 • 61 min
There’s a lot that can go wrong in this organ we call the human brain, which we don’t fully understand. It’s important for all of us to be much more aware of the red flags so that we can prevent tragedies like this one from happening. We examine this…
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Jul 23, 2017 • 60 min
Escapism is something most of us are guilty of. We retire to our TV shows, video games, podcasts… One would not assume that even the most esoteric escapes could be dangerous, but for two gay men in the mid 80’s living in rural Northern Georgia, that would…
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Jul 9, 2017 • 59 min
Randy Stair secretly identified as a female for years. She ditched her given name for the pseudonym Andrew Blaze and also ditched the YouTube channel she had worked on for a large part of her life to pursue animation. The cartoons she created were dark,…
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Jul 1, 2017 • 55 min
The highly polarized political climate we’re living in colors our view of the world in one way or another. Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture and true underlying human tragedy when we’re too busy judging the beliefs of others. This is a story of…
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Jun 18, 2017 • 65 min
The love of a mother is something many of us take for granted, but when it’s not present during the early formative years the results can be disastrous. This is what Edmund Kemper suggests happened to him. A serial killer who enjoyed murdering coeds in…
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Jun 4, 2017 • 65 min
We kick off this week’s episode with some much needed updates about what’s been going on behind the scenes, fist of which is Sword and Scale Rewind, hosted by Lynette Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, which launches on June 14th. It’s the after-show for…
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May 21, 2017 • 56 min
When Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Claudia Rowe, author of The Spider and The Fly, decided to write to a serial killer, she wasn’t prepared for how it would change her life. In her quest to understand the nature of cruelty, she ended up discovering…
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May 7, 2017 • 69 min
Matthew Hahn is bright, eloquent, friendly and just generally the kind of person you like immediately. He’s the kind of person that will tell you everything about his life within seconds of meeting him, but only if you ask. He’s an open book which is…
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Apr 23, 2017 • 55 min
When a 14 year old boy named Philip Chism goes missing in the middle of a school day, his mother thinks the worst and calls 911. Little does she know, that her son isn’t the only missing person from Danvers High School that day. A 24-year-old math teacher…
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Apr 8, 2017 • 59 min
Over the course of a normal school day, a mystery unravels. At first there is chaos, confusion and much worry, but soon all of that anxiety melts into a river of loss and agony as friends and family members find out the truth. This first part of a…
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Mar 26, 2017 • 52 min
The 20 year anniversary of one of the strangest tales in modern American religious history is quickly approaching. On March 26th, March 26, 1997 Marshall Herff Applewhite led a group of 39 devoted followers to their final destination. In their minds they…
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Mar 12, 2017 • 65 min
There are few things more horrifying than the idea that your children can be taken from their beds, from their own home, while there’s an adult sleeping inside, yet that’s exactly what happened on the morning of Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 in Fort Wayne,…
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Feb 26, 2017 • 72 min
There is a place that humanity has created where the rules of society mean nothing. This place is a void of laws and social norms. The scariest thing, is that there is a doorway to this dark place in every home, in some cases we carry this doorway with us…
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Feb 13, 2017 • 52 min
Love can be a wonderful thing. It can make the world around you seem like a magical place. But sometimes, love can go wrong. Very wrong. In this season opener we examine several cases where love failed and darkness took over culminating in various…
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Dec 17, 2016 • 60 min
When you dial those three numbers on your phone, you expect that someone will help you. However, as with all matters involving humans, sometimes things can go wrong. In this season-finale episode, we speak with 13-year emergency dispatch veteran Ricardo…
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Dec 1, 2016 • 56 min
This is the PARTAY episode! People love parties. Some people love parties so much that they’re willing to do just about anything to have one. Tyler Hadley loved parties this much.
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Nov 20, 2016 • 63 min
The stories we like to tell the most here are those of serial killers and homicidal maniacs. Those archetypes can be somewhat predictable, if not downright boring. We like to focus instead on everyday people, just like you and me, who find themselves…
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Nov 5, 2016 • 56 min
You’ve been pulled over by a bevy of police cars and taken to an interrogation room. What happens next? In this two-part story, we’ll first examine what it’s like to be in the shoes of someone who has gotten themselves mixed up with the wrong end of the…
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Oct 23, 2016 • 61 min
Halloween is a fun time of the year when we dress up like ghosts and goblins and attempt to scare each other with haunted houses and horror films. However the scariest things don’t come with candy in plastic pumpkin containers. instead, the scariest…
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Oct 9, 2016 • 61 min
The idea of leaving the hustle and bustle behind, and disappearing into the woods to live off the land, can be appealing. Yet few of us would actually attempt to give this idea any more than a fleeting thought. In this episode we examine three cases of…
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Sep 25, 2016 • 65 min
Finally, an update episode! This one fills in the details of what has happened with the Justin Ross-Harris, Holly Bobo and Aaron Hernandez cases, with special guest Cathy Ruson from CourtChatter.com. We also get schooled by a listener on crucial pieces we…
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Sep 11, 2016 • 58 min
This is a bizarre tale. Part gruesome murder tale, part love story. Yes, you read that right.. None of of the Gainesville Ripper story makes much sense, but it made an entire university of 30,000+ students panic and leave their studies and futures behind,…
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Aug 28, 2016 • 57 min
The border town of Brownsville, Texas is one of the poorest places in the continental United States. Wracked by crime in the form of drug-use and prostitution, this small town, in the middle of nowhere, is also the home of many historical structures. One…
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Aug 14, 2016 • 65 min
A subset of our audience really has an issue with episodes that feature any crimes being done to children. That’s understandable, since they are the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. But there are cases, however rare, where the…
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Jul 31, 2016 • 63 min
A recurring question in the criminal justice system is whether the death penalty is moral, right or just. Everyone seems to have a fairly strong opinion regarding it, but almost no one has any any first-hand experience with the process. The idea that such…
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Jul 17, 2016 • 55 min
Have you ever wondered why most violent crimes are committed by men? Apparently so have several criminologists, who have conducted several studies to examine this phenomenon. Today’s show is the exception to the rule: two stories of women committing…
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Jul 2, 2016 • 58 min
Sword and Scale isn’t just a podcast. We also have a website (swordandscale.com) where we post daily stories of dark deeds done by the most evil and devious amongst us. To highlight this point, we’ve chosen two stories that we’ve previously covered in…
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Jun 19, 2016 • 61 min
As a Florida resident and native, I am disgusted by the events of the past weekend in Orlando. Thus, I decided to cover the two senseless shootings and also throw in a third recent and horrifying story that proves Florida really is a terrible place to be.…
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Jun 5, 2016 • 56 min
Cara Marie Holley from Roanoke Virginia was just 18 years old when she went missing from her home on July 7, 2010. Two days later her body was found in shallow grave several miles away. The killer was arrested almost immediately because he was using her…
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May 22, 2016 • 57 min
Something is very wrong when two children can disappear from society for two years and not a single person notices or cares. This is the tale of how violence breeds violence and the most vulnerable among us are the ones who suffer because of it. The…
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May 8, 2016 • 64 min
When someone secretly means to do you harm, there’s a good chance they will succeed. When you are a celebrity or public figure of some kind, you become much more vulnerable to attack because of the nature of public life. Your whereabouts are often tracked…
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Apr 23, 2016 • 76 min
Sometimes the monsters are not only in our homes, but they are the ones closest to us: our mother or father, brother or sister. To a young child living in an environment where a depraved individual lurks can be terrifying. In this episode we will…
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Apr 2, 2016 • 65 min
After Michelle Macneill, a healthy 50-year old mother, dies mysteriously of a heart condition in the bathtub of her Pleasant Grove, Utah home, questions begin to emerge. Her husband, Martin Macneill, begins to exhibit strange behavior even on the very day…
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Mar 27, 2016 • 50 min
Pleasant Grove, Utah. A picturesque gated community. A perfectly manicured lawn. A lovely brick home. The perfect family. The perfect life. A bathtub. This is the story of Martin Macneill, and his late wife Michelle.
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Mar 13, 2016 • 57 min
A 30-year-old woman named Jenelle Potter has spent her entire life sheltered from the world. Not being allowed to get a job, drive a car, date, or even leave the house without the supervision of her mother Barbara, Jenelle turns to the Internet and social…
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Feb 28, 2016 • 60 min
Every parent’s nightmare can happen in an instant. It can happen on a day just like any other in a place you would never expect and, the fact of the matter is, you will never see it coming. Such is what happened to the family of 9-year-old Connor…
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Feb 14, 2016 • 56 min
Alternative rock superstar, host of the reality TV-show Ink Master, actor and recent filmmaker Dave Navarro joins us to talk about his film “Mourning Son” which details the events leading up to and surrounding his mother’s brutal murder when he was just…
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Jan 31, 2016 • 56 min
When many of us think of true-crime, we think of cops and killers, detectives and victims. We even spend a great deal of time examining medical forensics and human decomposition. Rarely do we shift our focus to the paramedics who work tirelessly every day…
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Jan 17, 2016 • 54 min
Cathy Ruson from courtchatter.com describes Facebook Killer Derek Medina as “an odd duck.” That’s probably the most accurate way to describe this man, who shot his wife eight times in the kitchen of their South Florida home, while she was preparing…
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Jan 4, 2016 • 57 min
It’s one thing to kill someone, it’s quite another to publish your handiwork on social media for all your friends and family to see like some sort of macabre trophy. That’s exactly what Facebook Killer Derek Medina did after killing his wife Jennifer…
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Nov 15, 2015 • 84 min
Over the course of the last year we’ve spoken to many different people from all walks of life. We asked them one simple question: “If there was one thing you could change about the criminal justice system, what would it be.” This final episode of Season 2…
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Nov 1, 2015 • 54 min
The topic of abortion is a highly controversial one, with emotionally-charged opinions on either side. Regardless of how you feel about the topic, this story about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell illustrates the workings of a man who has lost his humanity…
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Oct 19, 2015 • 65 min
There’s something about the perceived safety of an automobile’s cab that makes many of us feel like we are impervious to danger, yet danger is all around us. In this episode, we examine two cases which seemingly began with a road rage incident and ended…
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Oct 3, 2015 • 64 min
The stories we tell often tend to focus on the criminal act itself, rather than the investigation that follows. In this episode of Sword and Scale we’ll show you how the human body often tells the tale of its final living moments in the form of forensic…
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Sep 20, 2015 • 67 min
It’s one thing to talk about gun violence, it’s quite another to see it up close on live television. In this episode of Sword and Scale we take you back to one of the first examples of a life being lost on live television: the suicide of Budd Dwyer, an…
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Sep 6, 2015 • 71 min
In Episode 47 we told you about the McMartin Preschool case and the Satanic Panic that overtook an entire nation under the fear that our children are not safe. This week we are joined by Keelan Balderson from WideShut to cover a case that is hauntingly…
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Jul 19, 2015 • 108 min
On November 18, 1978, in a remote settlement of northwestern Guyana, 909 Americans lost their lives in what is considered to be the largest mass suicide of the twentieth century. This compound, informally known as Jonestown, was established by a…
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Jul 3, 2015 • 74 min
On June 15th, 2015 an ominous message appeared on Facebook which sent friends and family into a panic. Their worst fears were realized when police entered the home of Claudinnea “Dee Dee” Blancharde and her disabled daughter Gypsy, and found the mother…
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Jun 21, 2015 • 77 min
In Episode 48 we revisit many of the stories we’ve previously covered on Sword and Scale and fill you in on what has happened with in each case. We start with alleged theater shooter Curtis Reeves who is accused of shooting and killing Chad Oulson after a…
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Jun 7, 2015 • 74 min
The highly technological society in which we live obscures the fact the we are still a very primitive species. One which continues to fall under the spell of magical beliefs and mass hysteria. Although we’d like to think we have evolved, this story which…
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May 24, 2015 • 69 min
Despite being a grown man, Joseph McEnroe still exhibits the same traits he did when he was just a little boy: He bottles up his frustrations until they explode in fits of violence. He also seems to have a hint of the same Nightingale Syndrome that his…
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May 17, 2015 • 64 min
In this first part of a two-part story, we examine the Carnation Murders. This slaughtering of an entire family, by a seriously deranged couple, took place in 2007 in Carnation, Washington, a small rural town 25 miles east of Seattle. This story is told…
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May 3, 2015 • 62 min
We live in a world where pregnant women have to fear going about their daily lives as they normally would because of the very real possibility that the unthinkable could happen to them at any time. It did to Michelle Wilkins, a mom who was trying to get…
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Apr 19, 2015 • 73 min
When Rodney Reed turned himself in to Bastrop Police, on what he though was a gun charge, little did he know he would be spending the next 17 years on Death Row for a crime he did not commit. However, that seems to be exactly what happened. He was…
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Apr 12, 2015 • 59 min
The idea of ultimate justice is appealing to those of us who have strong empathy for victims in vicious and unspeakable crimes. However, the cost of implementing such an unyielding and unrepairable finality as taking someone’s life, is that from time to…
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Mar 29, 2015 • 57 min
Luckily there aren’t very many examples of the perfect storm occurring in a community where a dysfunctional family, a broken child-protection agency, and a community that makes a series of unlucky decisions end with the death of a beautiful, happy and…
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Mar 15, 2015 • 89 min
When asked to imagine the perfect place to perform serial murder most imagine something dark and creepy, but the truth of the matter is that the perfect place to kill is actually the same place in which most of us are born and die: a hospital. This is a…
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Mar 1, 2015 • 62 min
Some things are hard to fathom, like why a young boy with his entire life ahead of him would choose to destroy it by an act of unspeakable violence towards the people that love and care for him most in the world: his parents. Yet, time after time, we see…
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Feb 14, 2015 • 60 min
In 2013 an independent documentary began making its way through various film festivals. It was received with harsh criticism, outrage and even death threats by various groups, each of which was repulsed by the subject matter and the way it was presented.…
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Feb 8, 2015 • 59 min
We finally have the pleasure of speaking to Diane Fanning, author of 13 true crime books and counting. She tells us the tragic story of Wesley and Jocelyn Earnest, a tale that serves as a fable to any young woman who has recently been separated from her…
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Jan 25, 2015 • 52 min
Timothy Wesley McCorquodale had a rage in him that was uncontrollable. Like a loose cannon he could go off at any minute, unleashing mayhem an any poor unsuspecting soul that happened to cross him. The horror he would subject 17-year-old Donna Marie Dixon…
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Jan 18, 2015 • 64 min
What happens when you run out of luck? You lose your job, your marriage, your home, your arms and legs, the respect of your parents, and your will to live, what happens then? If you’ve ever lived on planet Earth, then the answer is obvious, this is where…
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Jan 11, 2015 • 58 min
Probably the most horrific murder publicly accessible though a variety of social media, the death of Lin Jun was a public execution for all to see. The culprit was a narcissistic psychopath named Luka Magnotta, and the terror he would unleash upon the…
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Jan 4, 2015 • 63 min
One of the more bizarre stories of our lifetime, the story of Luka Magnotta is wrought with remorseful refrains and awkward pauses. This is a man, who was so narcissistic that there would be nothing to stand between him and what he wanted in life… fame.…
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Dec 8, 2014 • 66 min
In this season finale of Sword and Scale, we bring back many of the guests we’ve spoken to over the last year and ask them a fundamental question that relates to the nature of crime: “Is humanity inherently good or evil?” The answer comes from many…
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Nov 24, 2014 • 60 min
There are 2.2 million schizophrenics in the United States. You have a one in a hundred chance of encountering one on any given day. Most are non-violent people struggling with what can sometimes be a debilitating disease, but every now and then the voices…
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Nov 9, 2014 • 99 min
The story of Herman Webster Mudgett, otherwise known as H.H. Holmes, has been told numerous times: a brilliant man with so much potential but so inherently evil that his actions would require new words be created to describe the monster that he was. The…
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Oct 20, 2014 • 54 min
The term “bluebeard” conveys images of pirates sailing the high seas, but the actual meaning of this term is much darker and there are examples of it all around us. You see, a “bluebeard” is a man that murders his wife. The term is derived from a French…
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Sep 29, 2014 • 80 min
Everyone thought Joshua Gouker was a dangerous criminal. It was easy to convict him of murdering his 14-year-old step son Trey Zwicker, especially after he suddenly changed his plea to guilty and confessed. But why would a hardened criminal mastermind,…
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Sep 22, 2014 • 60 min
In this special two-parter, the brutal and inexplicable murder of a 14-year-old boy exposes a dysfunctional American family’s secrets and lies. This is the story of Trey Zwicker’s murder, a young boy who did everything right but never really had a chance…
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Aug 29, 2014 • 73 min
This is one of the most under-reported murders in the history of the North American Continent. A mutilation that took hours and mind that was so disturbed it relished in the extreme violence inflicted on the deceased, this story exposes the obvious…
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Aug 15, 2014 • 71 min
Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children. Being one of these children is nightmarish enough, but if your abuser is someone you completely trust, then the event becomes all…
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Aug 2, 2014 • 58 min
With just 10,000 residents, the small town of Jennings, Louisiana has one of the highest crime rates per capita of any US town. Any vice you’re looking for can be found here, including prostitution, which is just one of the things that linked all 8…
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Jul 19, 2014 • 65 min
What could be more horrifying, terrible, and heart-breaking than a mother intentionally taking the life of her own child. The fact that there’s even a word in the English language that describes it it shocking in itself. The word is filicide and, even…
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Jul 3, 2014 • 80 min
A family divided, a hungry media looking for answers, and an inept police department looking for answers to explain and more importantly prove the inexplicable actions by a father of two young boys, sets a community in turmoil. Soon, the entire nation is…
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Jun 21, 2014 • 66 min
Historical Crime Detective Jason Morrow joins us once again to tell the tale of a mysterious killer who took on the persona of a secret agent in the Summer of 1930. One of the first documented cases of a narcissistic killer engaging the media to taunt…
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Jun 12, 2014 • 51 min
Ronald William Brown was a ventriloquist puppeteer on a television program called Joy Junction, a variety show on the Christian Television Network. Last year he received a 20-year sentence for child pornography charges, but the real story is much more…
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Jun 3, 2014 • 55 min
Elliot Rodger’s privileged background and his family’s ties to Hollywood didn’t help him get accepted by those around him. Instead his awkward behavior and creepy mannerisms made girls want to ignore him and guys want to bully him. For most of his life he…
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May 26, 2014 • 70 min
How much to you trust your friends? How much do you know your friends? What would they do for you? What would you do for them? In this episode of Sword and Scale we examine a story of betrayal involving new age cults, sound healing, apocalyptic scenarios…
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May 19, 2014 • 55 min
In this episode of Sword and Scale we recap the last month’s most bizarre stories in the genre of true crime. Quite a few people in trouble have gotten in trouble with the law lately because of their poor choices and bizarre behavior. Although to them it…
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May 11, 2014 • 61 min
Lauren Giddings had just graduated law school and was getting ready for a new life when she suddenly disappeared from her apartment in Macon, Georgia. As her friends and family desperately tried to find her, they were surprised to see Lauren’s reclusive…
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May 4, 2014 • 80 min
A deliberate murder that took 8 years of planning and plenty of hard work to accomplish. It involved a man, his truck, and an underground bunker in the Washington mountains. Peter Keller was described as a survivalist with a distrust of authority by his…
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Apr 23, 2014 • 50 min
Usually we find the stories we want to talk about on Sword and Scale. This week the story found us, in the form of a cry for help from the surviving sister of Kimberly Renea Mabry, whose mutilated body turned up in a Rockford Illinois creek in 1995 and…
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Apr 16, 2014 • 69 min
This week we’re joined by former ex-inmate Glenn Langohr, who spent 10 years behind bars at some of California’s toughest level 4 prisons, before reinventing himself as a best-selling author. His latest book, Prison Riot, takes the reader through the…
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Mar 26, 2014 • 74 min
When 20-year-old Morgan Ingram tragically died in 2011, the family couldn’t deal with their grief. What followed was a bizarre and prolonged Internet campaign of hate which has attempted to ruin the lives of at least a dozen people. Sword and Scale…
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Mar 19, 2014 • 58 min
What happens when a family’s grief slips into malice and madness, when a mother is so hell-bent on being portrayed as a victim that she begins victimizing everyone who doesn’t see her as one? Welcome to the sad story of Morgan Ingram’s untimely death and…
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Mar 12, 2014 • 70 min
Any untimely death is a tragedy, but when the victim is young, beautiful, and an all-around wonderful person, the whole thing seems to be much worse. Unfortunately, there are two high-profile cases in the news this week that fit this too-familiar mold. We…
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Feb 26, 2014 • 51 min
If you had to choose a method of execution for yourself, which would you choose? What if you learned that what is considered the most “humane” method of execution is probably the most painful? We discuss the controversy behind lethal injections, and why…
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Feb 19, 2014 • 64 min
This week the true-crime media has been abuzz reporting the verdict of the Michael Dunn “Loud Music Murder Trial.” On Sword and Scale we do things a little different, so we’ll let you get your fill of that case from other media outlets while we break the…
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Feb 12, 2014 • 71 min
“White House Boy” Roger Dean Kiser tells us the story of his personal hell. To him, this world which anyone would consider a living hell was just normal everyday life. The way he describes this upbringing is so brutally honest and matter-of-fact, that it…
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Feb 4, 2014 • 61 min
This is the conclusion to a two part saga involving the organized abduction and abuse of children and ritualistic murders by satanic cults allegedly headed by the top levels of government at a mysterious all-male retreat known as Bohemian Grove. We tell…
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Jan 28, 2014 • 54 min
Imagine a criminal conspiracy and cover-up so so massive in scale, involving the highest levels of government and industry, that it threatens the very fabric of the American system. Now imagine that the crimes of this criminal syndicate are so horrible,…
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Jan 21, 2014 • 53 min
On Friday, October 5th 2012, 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway disappeared on her way to school. This is the story of what happened to her and how the suburban city of Westminster coped with the aftermath, including the perpetrator’s chilling confession. We…
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Jan 14, 2014 • 61 min
It’s really true that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. This week we examine the fascinating topic of female serial killers, including the tale of Belle Gunness - a woman who makes Ted Bundy look like an amateur. Although the town of La Porte,…
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Jan 7, 2014 • 68 min
Psychopaths are all around us. Who are they? What are they? What makes them feel no empathy for other human beings, seeing them only as objects to manipulate and control? In Episode 2 of Sword and Scale, we examine these questions and hear from one of the…
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Dec 31, 2013 • 56 min
In this debut episode of Sword and Scale, author Janice Holly Booth tells the story of Bruce Blackman’s slip into the dark depths of schizophrenia and the horrible result it caused to him and his family. This tale is based on the true events that occurred…