Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale


True Crime

163 episodes

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. The worst monsters are real.

  • 02 AUG 2021
    Episode 193
    1h 7m 28s

    Each family has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, but what happens when the family dynamic begins to enter into the realm of depravity? In early 2019, when 30-year-old Amanda McClure and her fiance were suddenly reunited with Amanda’...

  • 19 JUL 2021
    Episode 192
    1h 6m 50s

    In February of 2017, 28-year-old Kayla Crocker was found bound, bloody, and unresponsive in the nursery of her Florida home. After she was rushed to a nearby hospital, county police called upon several other law enforcement agencies to assi...

  • 05 JUL 2021
    Episode 191
    1h 12m 38s

    When personal assistant Jennifer Fulford mysteriously disappeared from her wealthy employer’s house, everyone was puzzled by the strange trail of strange clues left in her absence. Had Jennifer run away? Had she been hurt? The truth behind...

  • 28 JUN 2021
    Episode 190
    1h 6m 15s

    What happened to Lee Paulino? He disappeared days before Thanksgiving and the police just considered him a runaway in spite of his family's pleas that he would never do that. When a gruesome discovery is made two weeks later it calls into q...

  • 14 JUN 2021
    Episode 189
    1h 1m 32s

    Residents of the Marpole neighborhood in Vancouver, British Columbia suddenly found themselves double-checking their deadbolts when an unidentified killer senselessly murdered two valuable members of the community. 64-year-old Dianna Mah-Jo...

  • 31 MAY 2021
    Episode 188
    1h 39m 1s

    On New Year's Day 2008, 24-year-old Meredith Emerson went missing after setting out on a hike up Blood Mountain in Union County, Georgia. Search teams combed Blood Mountain for days in an effort to find the missing hiker, but they never did...

  • 17 MAY 2021
    Episode 187
    1h 12m 45s

    21-year-old Alisha Bromfield had it all. She had a supportive friend group, a family who loved her, a nearly completed bachelor’s degree, and a baby on the way. When she didn’t arrive home from an out-of-state wedding on Sunday, August 19th...

  • 02 MAY 2021
    Episode 186
    1h 24m 48s

    In October of 2005, empty nesters Dennis and Norma Woodruff were found shot and stabbed to death in their Texas home. With a lack of physical evidence and leads, police fixated on the couple’s 19-year-old son Brandon as their killer when th...

  • 18 APR 2021
    Episode 185
    1h 11m 1s

    We’re back to bring you the conclusion of the mysterious staged death of Natasha Waalen. In order to get the full story, we encourage you to go back and listen to part 1 before diving into this episode. When we left off, Natasha’s former b...

  • 11 APR 2021
    Episode 184
    1h 4m 3s

    When 29-year-old Natasha Waalen was found dead next to her dirt bike, police assumed it had been a terrible accident. They were wrong. Natasha had been murdered and her death was sloppily covered up to look like a motorcycle crash. Who woul...

  • 05 APR 2021
    Episode 183
    1h 10m 31s

    On Sunday June 28th, 2015, Dr. Teresa Sievers returned home early from a family vacation only to find she was not alone in the house. In the aftermath of a brutal murder, it appeared on the surface to be a robbery—but no valuables were take...

  • 28 MAR 2021
    Kim Dixon - Raw Interview
    39m 43s

    We sometimes get things wrong. In this exclusive interview with Kim Dixon, sister to Zachary Penna's victim from Episode 181, she joins us to tell us why. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at htt...

  • 22 MAR 2021
    Episode 182
    1h 31m 14s

    In December of 2000, 31-year-old real estate appraiser Mike Williams went missing while duck hunting on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida. The initial belief was that Mike had drowned and that alligators had eaten his body. Seventeen...

  • 08 MAR 2021
    Episode 181
    1h 13m 50s

    Zachary Penna was having a horrible day. He left work early to pick up his car but the auto shop said it wasn’t ready which ruined his evening plans. He had to walk home in the South Florida heat and when he got there he was locked out. It’...

  • 22 FAB 2021
    Episode 180
    1h 23m 45s

    An unreal crime scene with a dead fortune teller, her dead daughter, and an otherworldly tone has police in Westminster, CA grasping at straws trying to solve the case. They consulted Warlocks, cult experts and were even approached by a dog...

  • 06 FAB 2021
    Episode 179
    1h 1m 51s

    Markeith Loyd was not there for his first two children, but Sade Dixon gave him another chance at being a father. With God’s guidance, Markeith believed that there was no way he could mess it up this time around. That was until his visions...

  • 24 JAN 2021
    Episode 178
    1h 12m 46s

    Holly Colino’s descent into madness took a long time. A series of unfortunate life events painted her paranoid delusions in a shade of green envy. Everywhere she looked were women that wanted to be her so badly that they would copy everythi...

  • 11 JAN 2021
    Episode 177
    58m 56s

    Spawned from a long line of vicious criminals, Nikko Jenkins struck terror into Nebraskans when he callously slayed four innocent citizens in his murderous ten-day spree. It was a family adventure when his sister, cousin, and uncle all play...

  • 31 DEC 2020
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    2m 48s

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  • 20 DEC 2020
    Episode 176
    1h 4m 55s

    We’re all looking forward to retirement, when we can finally cash out all of our hard-earned savings and live off of it until we die. That’s the hope, at least. Joel Guy Senior and his wife Lisa Guy had just sold their house in Knoxville Te...

  • 05 DEC 2020
    Episode 175
    1h 32m 13s

    Clark Fredericks was born with a hole in his heart. 46 years later, he was arrested for repeatedly stabbing and killing a retired police lieutenant in the small town of Stillwater, New Jersey. What led Clark to commit such a violent act, an...

  • 23 NOV 2020
    Episode 174
    1h 18m 16s

    Trouble in the Amato household began brewing in the summer of 2018, when Grant Amato, the youngest son, developed an addiction to one particular webcam model. Her name is Ady Sweet. Day and night, Grant was watching the live shows Ady strea...

  • 08 NOV 2020
    Episode 173
    1h 3m 6s

    We move people who commit crimes far away from our society so they don’t harm anyone else… but many of those criminals will eventually serve their sentences and return to civilian life. Who is worthy of our grace and mercy? And what happens...

  • 26 OCT 2020
    Episode 172
    1h 10m 2s

    Child abuse can take many forms and most of the time isn’t obvious. In rare cases it is near impossible to detect. In the special case of Olivia Gant and her mother, Kelly Turner, the signs were there but Kelly was adept at hiding them or c...

  • 12 OCT 2020
    Episode 171
    1h 8m 6s

    We all know by now that there are good cops, and there are very bad cops. On December 29th, 2009, Kevin Gregson and Eric Czapnik showed the world exactly which roles they filled. Both men wanted so desperately to become members of the Royal...

  • 21 SEP 2020
    Episode 170
    58m 39s

    The world had a conniption when news headlines announced “Kevin Bacon-Murdered!” just before the new year. As more details came out, it was clear that the victim of this murder was not the actor known for the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” ga...

  • 28 AUG 2020
    Episode 169
    1h 7m 19s

    We take a break from the standard Sword and Scale format to chat about the current state of law enforcement with ex-police officer and judge Charles Adams from The Truth with Charles Adams on KPRC 950 AM and iHeartRadio. See Privacy Policy...

  • 16 AUG 2020
    Episode 168
    1h 13m 25s

    We often think of true-crime from the perspective of law enforcement trying valiantly to pursue the perpetrator and make them face the justice system. Have you ever considered what it would be like if you were in the hot seat? What if you w...

  • 02 AUG 2020
    Episode 167
    1h 2m 50s

    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 w...

  • 19 JUL 2020
    Episode 166
    1h 12m 24s

    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 th...

  • 29 JUN 2020
    Episode 165
    55m 59s

    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 har...

  • 15 JUN 2020
    Episode 164
    1h 3s

    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 manhu...

  • 01 JUN 2020
    Episode 163
    1h 9m 52s

    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 h...

  • 18 MAY 2020
    Episode 162
    57m 50s

    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 bef...

  • 04 MAY 2020
    Episode 161
    1h 1m 15s

    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 happ...

  • 23 APR 2020
    Episode 160
    1h 17m 23s

    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 str...

  • 20 APR 2020
    Episode 159
    1h 5m 23s

    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 Balce...

  • 26 MAR 2020
    Episode 158
    1h 5m 42s

    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 res...

  • 16 MAR 2020
    Episode 157
    1h 55s

    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...

  • 01 MAR 2020
    Episode 156
    1h 26s

    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 d...

  • 15 FAB 2020
    Episode 155
    59m 1s

    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 e...

  • 02 FAB 2020
    Episode 154
    1h 4m 43s

    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 on...

  • 19 DEC 2019
    Episode 153
    1h 20m 30s

    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? See Privacy Policy at https://ar...

  • 08 DEC 2019
    Episode 152
    1h 2m 52s

    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 tri...

  • 23 NOV 2019
    Episode 151
    50m 22s

    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 t...

  • 10 NOV 2019
    Episode 150
    52m 27s

    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....

  • 27 OCT 2019
    Episode 149
    43m 44s

    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...

  • 13 OCT 2019
    Episode 148
    55m 39s

    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...

  • 28 SEP 2019
    Episode 147
    41m 47s

    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 pretec...

  • 08 SEP 2019
    Episode 146
    1h 13m 6s

    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...

  • 01 SEP 2019
    Episode 145
    1h 1m 37s

    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 scho...