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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. The worst monsters are real.



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Episode 185

Episode 185

2021-04-1801:11:3813

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 boyfriend, Ryan Boland had been arrested for her murder. But, police had a hunch that Ryan didn’t act alone and all signs pointed towards his hotheaded, weapon-obsessed brother, Tim Boland. The Boland Brothers had grown up with the world at their fingertips, but they were both on dark downward paths. Had they finally gone too far? Soon all of Anoka County would know the true nature of these entitled, manipulative brothers and what they did to Natasha Waalen.
Episode 184

Episode 184

2021-04-1101:05:1518

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 would want this young mother, acupuncturist, and university graduate dead? Fingers soon pointed towards the father of her child and former boyfriend, Ryan Boland as the police uncovered the violent, questionable past behind Ryan’s good ol’ boy facade. But the town soon questioned if he had acted alone.
Episode 183

Episode 183

2021-04-0501:10:4625

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 taken, and no clues were left behind except for a bloody, hairy hammer. Uncovering the truth would take months, and involve a conspiracy that crossed multiple states.
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.
Episode 182

Episode 182

2021-03-2201:34:56

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 years would go by before Florida law enforcement could prove that something even more horrifying and nefarious happened to Mike Williams.  
Episode 181

Episode 181

2021-03-0801:15:332

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’s enough to piss anyone off but Zachary had a different reaction. He stripped off most of his clothes, trudged through some nearby woods, and murdered Freddy Sanchez and Wayne Dixon, two complete strangers, in their own home.Special thanks to Marc Freeman, court reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Episode 180

Episode 180

2021-02-2201:27:162

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 psychic. They come up with nothing. That is, until they catch a break with a credit transaction… on the opposite coast. In a case that takes you from Little Saigon to rural North Carolina and leads you on a path of greed and destruction this episode will have you questioning your own fortune.“This was a horrible crime and these stories need to be told. I thank you for telling them. We can have reforms but victims cannot be forgotten because evil will still be there and these stories are cautionary tales. Their lives mattered. It mattered to all of us who worked to bring them justice. And Justice, is a lifetime commitment.”-Sonia Balleste, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara
Episode 179

Episode 179

2021-02-0601:04:07

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 from heaven led him onto the U.S. Marshall’s most wanted list, after the death of four innocent people.
Episode 178

Episode 178

2021-01-2401:13:04

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 everything about her. Her hair, her eyebrows, her lips, her entire identity stolen. Her path for justice took her on a collision course with the mother of an 8-year-old boy that would end in tragedy.
Episode 177

Episode 177

2021-01-1101:04:1551

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 played roles in the executions. Despite announcing that he would “wage war on society” when released from prison, his blatant warnings were ignored by all but a few.
Episode 176

Episode 176

2020-12-2001:08:2355

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 Tennessee and were preparing to move to a new home in Surgoinsville in December of 2016. They had no idea that Thanksgiving of 2016 would not only be the last holiday celebrated at their old Knoxville home, but it would be the last holiday they’d ever celebrate together.
Episode 175

Episode 175

2020-12-0501:36:2957

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, and why would he tell us that silence is our worst enemy? Believe it or not, we can all learn a thing or two from the life that confessed killer Clark Fredericks has endured.
Episode 174

Episode 174

2020-11-2301:23:2755

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 streamed. These shows weren’t cheap, and Grant built an entire false persona to gain Ady’s attention. All of his lies were at the expense of his family’s finances and wellbeing. It all came to an end on January 24th, 2019.
Episode 173

Episode 173

2020-11-0801:08:0736

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 when the wrong person is forgiven?
Episode 172

Episode 172

2020-10-2601:10:4141

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 convincing those that suspected something that it wasn’t the case.
Episode 171

Episode 171

2020-10-1201:08:4141

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 Canadian Mounted Police, but the ultimate end to each of their careers was distinctly different. One man is now celebrated by the entire country of Canada, while the other is despised.
Episode 170

Episode 170

2020-09-2159:2562

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” game. The man who was murdered was a hairdresser from Swartz Creek, Michigan, and an LGBTQ+ advocate. What happened to Kevin was gruesome and shocking that it got the attention of YouTuber Jeffree Star, catapulting the story to mainstream news outlets.
Episode 169

Episode 169

2020-08-2801:08:0339

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.
Episode 168

Episode 168

2020-08-1601:13:5960

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 were the suspect in an awful crime? What if there never really was a crime committed in the first place? William Hurt and his family were dragged through the justice system back in 2012 as part of a wild goose chase. Their journey still hasn’t concluded.
Episode 167

Episode 167

2020-08-0201:03:2159

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 unknowingly hire a lunatic?” It could happen to anyone. The Krim family was unlucky.
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Diane Cashman

Wow, so tragic. Very interesting podcast, very well told! Twist and turns were shocking!

Apr 20th
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Jodi Michaud

what is the part 1 episode? what # please and ty

Apr 20th
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WupperElfe

Raynardo Raymundo?!

Apr 20th
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Nayabusa

dude when you're going to do an episode with multiple parts you need to put that in the title, I just opened up the second part to this first and immediately found out what happened so no point in listening to this one, that's some amateur hour BS

Apr 19th
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Jennifer Xara

I live here in syracuse, this was a horrible story

Apr 19th
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Tricia Huntley

I’ve listened to every #SAS episode, but never have I physically lept out of my seat when hearing a sentence. FOUR YEARS? Both of these murdering monsters were out in less time than petty drug dealers and white collar criminals. Disgusting! I’m a native Minnesotan and this chills me to the bone.

Apr 18th
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Bradley Frost

37:00 "clips & ammo"? I imagine you mean magazines and ammo... damn Leftists.

Apr 18th
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Lars Bee

wow amazing .... now u know .... wanna murder someone? go get a buddy, later on blame each other .... u may even go free .... not the first time .... greatest injustice system ....

Apr 18th
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Tammy D. Schmidt

The system failed Natasha and her friends and family. The brothers thought only of themselves, not the person they brutalized, her small child, her family, nor her friends. The horror perpetrated by these evil men has left an ever increasing circles of carnage. May the Ultimate Judge render true judgement upon them.

Apr 18th
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Amy Ramsden

Brutal.

Apr 18th
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WupperElfe

Usually I am not OK with treating adolescents like adults at court, but a 14year old who is being interviewed by an experienced police officer (while sitting on top of a dead child that he killed days ago) and does not give himself away...what's he going to do as an adult? And his father is beyond the pale...how is it NOT 1st degree murder when your son lured Maddie into the house (she was forbidden to play with Joshua!) and it took him some time as well as 3 attempts to kill her? How is this not premeditation and determination?

Apr 18th
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Lars Bee

he would have been a perfect fit for the air force .... those other psychopaths who drop bombs on mostly innocent civilians around the worlds for many decades.... a true loss ... for them....🤮

Apr 16th
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Brandon Goter

it's not on plus

Apr 15th
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Lars Bee

just ... seriously... think about it .... ur medical treatment depends on a bake sale ... or as it was in the news recently: an 8 year old girl raising funds for her own brain surgery selling lemonade in her mothers bakery.... all that in the richest country in the world and our new president who saved us from trump ... gasp ... will spend 715 billion on the military destroying lifes around the globe.... .... arentcha proud to be an American already?

Apr 13th
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Lars Bee

canada is more european than it is american for the clear advantage to its citizens. literally all life is valuable and that is christian to the bone .... "jesus forgave his torturers" tho US jesus would then throw them in prison for 30 years and then pump some chemicals into their vains and watch them struggle to their death ... just like jesus would wanted....

Apr 13th
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Samp 75

Respect to Kim and giving us a glimpse of her brother and partner.

Apr 12th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

Are you releasing every week now? Completely ecstatic if you are.

Apr 12th
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VJ18

I cannot cope. I'm so frustrated it's not even funny 🙄

Apr 12th
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She had a Masters...........leave.......Leave?.......LEAVE!

Apr 12th
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💋🎭🗝

I am so sorry, Mike, but that "music" is awful.....Reminds me of a bad LSD trip.

Apr 12th
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