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Sword and Scale

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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 170

Episode 170

2020-09-2101:06:0139

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

2020-08-2801:07:3433

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

2020-08-1601:17:4947

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

2020-08-0201:06:4851

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.
Episode 166

Episode 166

2020-07-1901:12:5156

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 turned upside down. 5 families in total would be absolutely traumatized by Edwin Lara’s choices.
Episode 165

Episode 165

2020-06-2957:5044

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 though? Are there limits to this freedom? Seth Welch found that there are hard limits. Not every state cracks down on how freedom of religion can put children in direct danger, but Michigan does.
Episode 164

Episode 164

2020-06-1501:01:5753

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 investigation continues, more bizarre details begin to emerge, leaving the entire county stunned. The many people affected by this case have learned, if nothing else, that you never truly know who someone is, or what goes through their mind. 
Episode 163

Episode 163

2020-06-0101:13:4264

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, until Isabella saw the perpetrator. The truth behind who committed these atrocities, and why, would cause pain for the Cipriano family that may take longer to heal than their many physical scars.
Episode 162

Episode 162

2020-05-1801:03:5055

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 birthday. But unbeknownst to everyone, an even more terrible storm is gathering on the horizon.
Episode 161

Episode 161

2020-05-0401:06:5770

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 Bosma will lead to the most gruesome discovery of all.
Episode 160

Episode 160

2020-04-2301:21:2647

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 exacerbated mental illness, loneliness, hopelessness, all of the things that breed conflict. In this episode, we’re starting with a broad scope, talking about all of the attempted acts of domestic terrorism happening on the outside while we sit at home in our own little bubbles, but also the turmoil happening inside homes right now.We're joined by Charles Adams from the KPRC 950 AM and iHeartRadio show The Truth with Charles Adams to dissect the psychology, legal and political issues behind the recent COVID19-related crime wave.
Episode 159

Episode 159

2020-04-2001:14:2067

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, accused of murdering his parents… and the reason would surprise everyone even Andrew.
Episode 158

Episode 158

2020-03-2601:11:4872

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 almost every single time. Beating on his woman was not an unknown pastime for him. He spent his entire life in and out of juvenile homes and eventually prison, but his final crimes against his fiance would be beyond any act of violence he had committed before.
Episode 157

Episode 157

2020-03-1601:08:1973

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 murder of Markie Mason, however, is anything but simple.
Episode 156

Episode 156

2020-03-0101:06:0964

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 news cycle consistently seems to have a negative effect on the frequency of these mass shootings as well as the continued desensitization of our society.
Episode 155

Episode 155

2020-02-1501:05:2180

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 ended part 1 with some final details about Ezra’s love triangle with Jason Mengel and Alex Woodworth, and all of her many rape allegations against the men in her life, but we still don’t know what happened to Alex on March 22, 2018. Ezra is the only person who can help the police locate him, and her missing car.
Episode 154

Episode 154

2020-02-0201:12:2783

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 exclusive friend group ended up dead.
Episode 153

Episode 153

2019-12-1901:26:5599

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?
Episode 152

Episode 152

2019-12-0801:08:5990

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 husband. During the attempted murder Sheila makes a phone call, but not to 911. That phone number leads the police to a common thread in both investigations… Nelson Sessler.
Episode 151

Episode 151

2019-11-2354:5384

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 life is anything but as mundane as that. Sheila Davalloo had a secret obsession that involved mind games, spying, and eventually… murder.
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Julie Lawr

Rest in peace Kevin. im so sorry and devastated that your life was cut so short and in such a horrible manner. you will be in my thoughts forever 💔💔💔

Sep 29th
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Alicia Pryor

great show...everyone needs to hear this story!

Sep 28th
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tubalcain

Nothing new, when I was a child parents setup chicken pox sleepovers. My parents never got me the flu vaccine because if I caught it and survived then my body learned how to fight it. I got the flu for what felt like once every year through elementary school and then once in highschool. I survived every time. It wasn't pleasant but my body learned how to fight the disease and retains that knowledge for future fights. not everyone will survive, the flu still kills every year but the idea of passing it to get it through the community and over with is nothing new.

Sep 26th
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Mike S

well said about the war on drugs

Sep 25th
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Mike S

Mike - research the history of riots, buddy. especially in America. a bunch of poor white trash burned down New York and slaughtered thousands of Black people over the Civil War draft. don't pretend like assholes taking advantage of unrest and accelerating riots is something new or unique... You're usually better at research than this.

Sep 25th
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Mike S

more white guy commentary on protests *yawn*

Sep 25th
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Mike S

lmfao, these pigs are even admitting Mike's right before griping about having to actually do their jobs

Sep 25th
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Mike S

Miiiiike, you sound insecure af when you say "I don't care how you feel" like 60 times in the first few minutes. just say it once or twice for dignity's sake, brah

Sep 25th
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Mike S

jk

Sep 24th
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Mike S

not gonna lie, I really don't feel bad that these rich parasites lost their kids #sorrynotsorry

Sep 23rd
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D&K

Glad you made the opening statement.

Sep 23rd
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Mike S

yeesh, religion is so cringe

Sep 22nd
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Jessica Girl

you should stand by it! DONT TALK TO THE POLICE

Sep 22nd
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Bradley Frost

When are we going to start holding people accountable for their own actions? If you live a risky lifestyle (like butt fucking a random Scotsman) then we shouldn't be surprised or feel sorry when you don't come home from your escapades. Live life responsibly. Yeah I know... soooo controversial. lol

Sep 22nd
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jessica burkhardt

I really miss the old Sword and Scale☹️I guess the snowflakes have Won.

Sep 19th
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Mike S

wow!

Sep 15th
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Santito Godson

wtf is up with this guy his so called father molested him and went to go get a beer . dude wtf

Sep 15th
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Beastman Hamilton

Why no new episodes???

Sep 14th
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Santito Godson

I hate when women try to justify hurting their kids because of their baby dad's relationship don't work You weak minded Dirtbag Why take it out on your kids they had nothing to do with it you are just a piece of shit

Sep 14th
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Santito Godson

The Microwave bit was tasteless And inappropriate They should've Fried her in the electric chair so she could get a taste of what her daughter feltI know it sounds harsh but I have no sympathy for people who Hurt children

Sep 14th
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