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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 187

Episode 187

2021-05-1701:15:148

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, 2012 as planned, friends and family soon learned that someone in her life did not have her best interest at heart.
Episode 186

Episode 186

2021-05-0201:26:4324

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 they found out he was in debt, flunking out of college, and secretly making gay porn. Was Brandon really the murderer, or were there other suspects roaming free? Was this a case of character assassination on young Brandon, or was he truly a cold-blooded killer?
Episode 185

Episode 185

2021-04-1801:11:3837

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

2021-04-1101:05:1532

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

2021-04-0501:10:4631

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

2021-03-2201:34:565

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

2021-03-0801:15:335

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

2021-02-2201:27:165

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

2021-02-0601:04:072

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

2021-01-2401:13:042

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

2021-01-1101:04:1554

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

2020-12-2001:08:2356

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

2020-12-0501:36:2959

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

2020-11-2301:23:2756

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

2020-11-0801:08:0737

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

2020-10-2601:10:4142

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

2020-10-1201:08:4142

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

2020-09-2159:2563

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

2020-08-2801:08:0340

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.
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Maarya Cousin

not blaming the victim... but seriously?! seriously. there's being nice and then there's being idiotic.

May 17th
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WupperElfe

"I hope he only beat the shit out of her..." Mrs Cooper is just as disgusting as her son!

May 17th
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WupperElfe

I always thought that the US are one of the countries where women would fight against shit like your boss kicking you out because of nefarious reasons, especially sexual harassment?! All you need is to tape the conversation...that job couldn't have paid that much for Alisha to hold on to it against better judgment.

May 17th
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James Cook

please tell me someone went to Ryan's business page and linked these episodes.

May 17th
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Ivan

Mike bidet lol

May 15th
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Samp 75

Wow, the entire VM segment, along with the groovy music is a possible top ten hit... That penis though... Lol, hilarious.... Please delete my number....

May 11th
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christian

this is some bs Texas gay hate right here....

May 9th
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Taylor Kannel Regalado

What is with the cop bashing?? They explained to him in length that he could get a lawyer and/or stop talking at any time! Aaaand he is a scum bag murder so why are defending him??

May 9th
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James Bradford

haven't listened in years and this is the first episode and it took 30 minutes to realizewhy I quit listening. you're a Podcaster not an expert in various fields. your biased amd smug comments are annoying af. #deuces

May 6th
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Full Metal Jackalope

I’m not sure that’s what metro sexual means

May 5th
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Alice sounds

Love the comment from the first lady at the end of the podcast xx lol xx

May 5th
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Tara Smith

His mom says he was the best kid in the whole wide world... yet she didn't even have him living with her AND he bounced from family member to family member. Did he not get a mental health evaluation? That evaluation gives a professional opinion of what is best for the defendant. I work in Oregon with defendants who have to pass a separate evaluation to use the GEI, guilty except insanity, defense.

May 4th
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Mike S

lol @ last vm

May 3rd
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Mikey AJ

Dude…”notice a lisp?” as code for gay isn’t cool.

May 3rd
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Toni Diane

I'm definitely feeling that he's innocent. I hope my instincts are correct and I hope one day he goes free.

May 3rd
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Lynzi

how could they just take 1 neighbors word for seeing his truck in the driveway after a certain time. Maybe the neighbor had something against him too. And not testing the DNA in the hair from the moms hand?! wtf?!

May 3rd
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Carmena

the girl they interview close to the start her idiot 'everything ends with a question mark' way of talking is so annoying i couldnt concentrate

Apr 29th
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Mike S

this nerd and his edm lol

Apr 28th
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Adreena Dreams

the end had me like what!!!

Apr 24th
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podcastusername

I hate cancel culture but these guys need to fucking be cancelled. Cancel his fucking company. Fuck this guy.

Apr 23rd
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