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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 163

Episode 163

2020-06-0101:13:4228

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

2020-05-1801:03:5042

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

2020-05-0401:06:5752

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 - COVID CRIMES

Episode 160 - COVID CRIMES

2020-04-2301:21:2636

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

2020-04-2001:14:2055

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

2020-03-2601:11:4868

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

2020-03-1601:08:1965

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

2020-03-0101:06:0959

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

2020-02-1501:05:2170

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

2020-02-0201:12:2774

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

2019-12-1901:26:5596

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

2019-12-0801:08:5987

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

2019-11-2354:5378

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.
A school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, leaves two students dead and five injured.A Texas jury sentences a man to death for the double-murder of his roommate, and his roommates 17-year-old girlfriend.Finally, law enforcement in California release new video evidence in the October kidnapping and murder of Indian-American Tech CEO, Tushar Atre.
Daily true-crime news and coverage of high-profile criminal cases from around the country and around the globe, five days a week.Subscribe Now:Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sword-and-scale-daily/id1487148155Google Podcasts - https://play.google.com/music/m/Ijqsr5kldi4hnoson5rwogdzijq?t=Sword_and_Scale_DailySpotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZoM1t4vw6rZNJus1n2O5GStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sword-and-scale-dailyiHeartRadio - https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-sword-and-scale-daily-52523391/Castbox - https://castbox.fm/channel/Sword-and-Scale-Daily-id2452645?country=usRadioPublic - https://radiopublic.com/sword-and-scale-daily-WedwRvPocket Casts - https://pca.st/5qtq95lvRSS - https://rss.art19.com/sword-and-scale-daily
Daily true-crime news and coverage of high-profile criminal cases from around the country and around the globe, five days a week.Subscribe Now:Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sword-and-scale-daily/id1487148155Google Podcasts - https://play.google.com/music/m/Ijqsr5kldi4hnoson5rwogdzijq?t=Sword_and_Scale_DailySpotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZoM1t4vw6rZNJus1n2O5GStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sword-and-scale-dailyiHeartRadio - https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-sword-and-scale-daily-52523391/Castbox - https://castbox.fm/channel/Sword-and-Scale-Daily-id2452645?country=usRadioPublic - https://radiopublic.com/sword-and-scale-daily-WedwRvPocket Casts - https://pca.st/5qtq95lvRSS - https://rss.art19.com/sword-and-scale-daily
Episode 150

Episode 150

2019-11-1058:0382

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. Upon arrival, deputies found 56-year-old James Closs and his wife, 46-year-old Denise deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Quickly, they find out that the Closs’ 13-year-old daughter was missing from the house. Despite all of the searches, rumors and theories, it wouldn’t be until 88 days later when 13-year-old Jayme Closs wandered down a road 70 miles away from her home, finding a Good Samaritan who recognized the young girl and was able to notify law enforcement. But who was it that took her? And why did they kill her parents? It was a story that shocked the nation and showed that strangers are capable of anything… 
Episode 149

Episode 149

2019-10-2748:2971

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 in a few days. Concerned friends also had called in to make a report. But quickly, detectives began to keep an eye on James, as he had mad suspicious statements and acted out unusually while they were trying to conduct their investigation. As they surveilled the 49-year-old man, he ended up leading them to a grisly discovery… 
Episode 148

Episode 148

2019-10-1301:01:5069

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 met with expected opposition online.  As unpopular as his opinions could be, nothing is as unpopular and unbelievable as what happened when he took his online anger and acted upon it in the real world.
Episode 147

Episode 147

2019-09-2842:4058

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 pretected, more sheltered from these sorts of dangers, but when this sort of abuse happens to a boy the repressed shame, guilt and anger can last a lifetime.Do you have a personal story to tell about your experience with sexual abuse, physical/psychological abuse, or domestic violence? Tell others like you about it on SurvivingThis.com.
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tasha vye

wow boudet..... can't believe youd do that... luckily theres the internet and we can look up what happened. but that's a low blow I think it's time to move on from sword and scale which is super disappointing lately 🤷‍♀️

Jun 3rd
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

I haven't listened to this episode in a while. I had forgotten how interesting it is. Mixed tenses.

Jun 3rd
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Morgan Elizabeth

WOW that 911 operator needs to be fired. What an absolute fucking bitch 🤦

Jun 2nd
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Brooke Venning

It's more important to have character than to be a character? Lol. What is that even supposed to really mean? It's like someone just trying to sound deep and insightful but not actually saying anything substantive.

Jun 2nd
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Nayabusa

Mike boudet needs to be punched in his dumb fucking mouth, just hard enough so that he would talk a little less I want him to talk cuz I want to hear the story but I want him to talk and give me the facts and none of his fucking dumb opinion. who the fuck are you going to talk about somebody who's been adopted like you know them or know anything about that life, and even if you did know about that life even if you were adopted you still have the right to talk about somebody like that everyone circumstances different. again not advocating for the fact that they did something wrong obviously they need to be punished but the way he talks about people really pisses me off. the guy was on medication and then he was taken off the medication just because you're on medication doesn't automatically mean that it fixes everything where was wrong with him might be something we don't have the right medication for but we don't have the right amount or the right balance what the fuck! I'm obviously going to keep listening to sword and scale but fuck you Mike boudet

Jun 2nd
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Paradox.3

to blame the mental health system, is in my opinion, their way of holding something or someone accountable. The family unfortunately encountered pure evil... such a terrible story... I hope their family finds healing and continues to have peace in their futures.

Jun 2nd
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Alice sounds

Spice is a very very dangerous drug alters people's perception of the world

Jun 2nd
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Melissa

Do they not know the word Biological? "Real Brother"

Jun 1st
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Michael Bushart

cant understand 3/4 of all phone calls and real audio. maybe you could read what he said so that way I can enjoy more than half the podcast.

Jun 1st
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lil john

I feel bad for the little sister she saw everything..that’s crazy..

Jun 1st
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Katelin Keeney

don't listen to this. go to Canadian True Crime for their 3 part series on this crime - that way you can actually hear how this case ends after you invest an hour of your life listening to part 1

May 31st
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Josh Vandagriff

Covid-19 is a cover up for what they are really doing. Eugenics. There is no coincidence Bill Gates father started Planned Parenthood as a eugenics program. The Rockefeller Foundation told us about this coming in 2010. Operation Lock-Step... They simulated it again in Oct-Nov. 2019 Exercise 201. Held by John Hopkins Univ. and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. participants in the exercise were given Corona virus Plushies. This is all to cover up the Banks needing a new buyout or they will crash again. dont worry though. The bank bailout bill included legislation so they dont have to publicize the next time the banks need a bailout. Bill Gates owns strains 11-18 of the Covid Virus. Covid 19 was bought by the Wuhan research institute in 2018. Bill Gates will MA

May 27th
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Samp 75

Kijiji has become a potentially dangerous place, especially after something like this. Ps. I won't be paying for any podcast content, whether S&S or others.

May 26th
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DeeleyNa

WHY did his/it's friend/family member say it was a "good boy" when it had a rap sheet a mile long and was a woman beater even before committing these atrocities??? It's been a drain on society most of it's life and while I'm not happy it got an "easy out" with the suicide- I'm glad it's gone.

May 26th
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Melissa Thomas

seriously?? so disrespectful to the children who lost their lives. 😠😠

May 26th
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Sharea Crowell

Fuck..that second story...

May 25th
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Sharea Crowell

The pastor fucking got me. Get out of here with that bullshit. No one deserves to die, especially not over their sexuality. 🙄

May 25th
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Paradox.3

"Canadian True Crime" does a 3 part on Tim Bosma for free, check it out? she does really good at capturing the details

May 23rd
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Christina Freeman

I really hope the mother doesn't get to see the other child ever again. I don't believe in the death penalty but this case makes me understand why people do believe in it.

May 22nd
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Megan Aguiar

what a sick fuck. ugh 😡

May 21st
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