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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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Episode 137

Episode 137

2019-05-1201:02:24

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 directions of where he was heading to. A few days later, his friends and family realize they haven’t heard from the man who’s usually always in contact. A string of bizarre emails they receive make them contact the police about his well being. The directions lead to a garage full of horrors, almost as if it was made for a movie…
Episode 136

Episode 136

2019-04-2100:52:19

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, 2017, Anjum Coffland learned this lesson the hard way when she went to her husband Randall’s residence in order to retrieve her work computer.
Episode 135

Episode 135

2019-04-0700:45:5020

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 events, Riley was there to save her… or so she thought. On the morning of Monday, November 21, 2016, Emma is found dead in her bed and Riley is the number one person of interest. 
Episode 134

Episode 134

2019-03-2301:24:2471

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 some of us feel entitled to it. Chris Dorner never received the respect he felt he was entitled to. When he felt his honor was being stripped away by the very institution he swore allegiance to he had only one logical choice… go to war with the LAPD. How he chose to act then, said more about his character than any words ever could.
Episode 133

Episode 133

2019-03-0901:22:35101

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 few clues.  Like a trained assassin creeping through the Maine thicket, 20-year-old Thayne Ormsby commits one of the state’s most heinous triple homicides, all apparently - by mistake.  A tale of vigilante justice gone horribly wrong when the truth is finally revealed.  
Episode 132

Episode 132

2019-02-2501:01:21101

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 she was incapable of moving on her own due to physical disabilities, and she was nonverbal due to mental disabilities. She was also prone to seizures and had to take daily medication for them. That medication was also still in her room.What happened to Aleah Beckerle?
Episode 131

Episode 131

2019-02-1101:21:52118

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 online for the world to see.  But behind the dramatic weight loss, the anticipated birth of their third child - a son, and Chris and Shanann’s thriving professional careers, a much darker truth remained.  Chris wanted a new beginning.  A new lease at life.  And he was willing to do anything for a fresh start with his new love.  He was a monster hiding in plain sight, and his actions horrified an entire nation, bringing new meaning to the classic marital vows, “til death, do us part.” (Part 2 of 2) 
Episode 130

Episode 130

2019-01-2601:09:55142

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 remaining on the kitchen counter.  Husband and father Christopher Watts was the last to see them alive in the early morning hours, and his claims grew increasingly more bizarre as he spoke openly to the media in the hours and days after their initial disappearance.  With every interview given, it became clear that Chris Watts was hiding much more than just their disappearance.
MONSTRUO

MONSTRUO

2019-01-0900:09:1720

Introducing MONSTRUO!Subscribe Now...Website: https://monstruopodcast.com/Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/monstruo/id1440306805Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5TxmPu677nCiBAtSKc8b6u?si=4Wi9oradTiOUGjSA89-F5gStitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=249953Google: https://play.google.com/music/m/Iy42h6iwketiqyzurjpxzc74ssm?t=MonstruoCastbox: https://castbox.fm/vc/1464529Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/A016
Episode 129

Episode 129

2018-12-1601:02:1677

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 600 page written manifesto entitled, “My Worst Nightmare In History.”  A man who grew up in front of the camera, records his final moments behind the lens after losing his fiance unexpectedly to cancer.  His story begs the question - is every man capable of reaching his breaking point?    
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Tara Lacey

I don't know what to think

May 22nd
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Brooke Venning

for all the filler that's usually included in these episodes I'm a little surprised that important facts are totally left out like how Mary Bell was horribly sexually and physically abused. Her mom had sex with men in front of her and eventually started including her in the sex and finally simply started selling her to adult men. No, it's no excuse for her behavior but it's still a critical part of the story and helps explain her damaged psyche... not to mention why she cut off that little boy's penis.

May 21st
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Tara Lacey

Such a sad, sad story. Listening to his sweet, innocent child's voice just kills me

May 20th
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Brooke Venning

the author they're talking to seems suspect. He makes these huge assumptions and leaps in logic that I think tell you quite a bit about his conclusions. His book is probably less historical fact and more speculative fiction.

May 20th
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Brooke Venning

I'm actually angry over how long they played that last scene of the man being brutally tortured. It was not only unnecessary but kinda exploitative seeing as how this episode ISN'T EVEN ABOUT THAT MURDER! What was the point in that? it went on for sooo long and it was horrific and heartbreaking to listen to. Seriously. wtf?!

May 19th
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PJ Simon

I can't help but wonder if this lady narrator actually looks at the script ahead of time, or if she reads it cold. Her inflection and pauses are terrible. Time to move on to option 3!

May 18th
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Brooke Venning

Casey Anthony is scum and totally guilty but the verdict was correct. I don't think the prosecution did a good job proving their case. Especially after Casey managed to to point the finger at her poor father. Ugh, she's completely soulless.

May 17th
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ILLegal ELbow

kinda funny how the cop makes it sound like they found him, he couldn't say, initially, that the kid confessed, sure it really doesn't matter but still kinda lame on the cops part

May 16th
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Vermi Hax

Nothing personal, but this new narrator just isn't as good. I tried to get through 136, and couldn't. I'll be unsubscribing from S&S sadly after all this time. Narration is an art form, and she's just a lesser artist.

May 16th
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Anne Bertram

Vermi Hax I think she's awesome, but I did have to open my mind. I think if you give her a chance, she will fit in just fine.

May 20th
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Tim Donovan

I thought the finale to Dexter was good. Did people expect a happy ending or something?

May 16th
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Tara Lacey

Omg! I'm from Grand Rapids and this is the first time I've heard this story!!

May 15th
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Sean Rosenau

I kinda noticed his attitude from the beginning of the call. He was cool as a cucumber. 99.99% percent of victims would have been screaming, crying, complete hysterics. He sounded just like that kid who killed his his mom and sister. Why did you kill them? I've been planning on killing for awhile now. WTF

May 15th
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Tara Lacey

Thank you for this episode, Mike! I don't know why no one wants to comment but me, might tie in to your personal theory on humanity. Something no one wants to admit 😉

May 14th
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Tonya Free

haven't listened yet....dreading this lady's voice....how cani find Mike? what exactly is he doing now??????????

May 14th
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Denise Matthews

Tonya Free I agree, I loved listening to Mike

May 14th
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Amelia R. Garrett

I love her voice - reminds a little of Carrie Fisher and Stevie Nicks.

May 14th
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Gina Terrell

still a great show

May 14th
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Thomas

I think the new girl does a great job.

May 14th
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Tara Lacey

what's taking the cops so long, omg?!!

May 13th
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Khedda Keene

I personally dont care for Mike but this is his podcast and he does it better than anyone else. Give it back to him,you're destroying it.🤔🤔

May 13th
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Janet Heatherly Larsen

too too bad mike is gone. this sux

May 13th
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