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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 165

Episode 165

2020-06-2957:5023

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

2020-06-1501:01:5740

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

2020-06-0101:13:4250

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

2020-05-1801:03:5050

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

2020-05-0401:06:5759

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

2020-04-2301:21:2639

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

2020-04-2001:14:2057

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

2020-03-1601:08:1967

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

2020-03-0101:06:0961

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

2020-02-1501:05:2172

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

2020-02-0201:12:2779

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

2019-12-0801:08:5988

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

2019-11-2354:5380

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

2019-10-2748:2972

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… 
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Comments (3886)

Tasia

I would kill you for bringing me a "fruit cake" LOL

Jul 4th
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Tasia

Oh no not POT!! LOL

Jul 4th
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ddt ddt

Hands down my favorite podcast! I would listen to Mike read a dictionary. Opinions are like assholes and yours all stink.

Jul 4th
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Daniel Cole

grimmgreen love the podcast big atheist here and thank you for all the work you do for vaping

Jul 3rd
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James Cook

Pretty sure Rachel lured Julie into the apartment......

Jul 3rd
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Monnie Moores

He seems to be in his right mind.Also, he may not have remorse but hes honest about how he killed them.Besides, his lack of remorse may come from being fed up with people breaking in.I believe he had every right to do what he did.Would him crying over killing them change anything?....No.He would come across as fake.If I were in his shoes, I may have done the same thing.No one wants to live in fear in their own home.He may have accused the wrong people, but he eliminated his fear.

Jul 3rd
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Monnie Moores

"No one deserves to be tortured like that, no matter what they have done"......Bullshit.What about the people.they tortured and murdered? Did those innocent people deserve to be killed?....I dont think so... .

Jul 1st
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Jeylene Marie Reyes

this poor baby suffered so much because of her parents "religious" practice. and the way he described her death as "just another day" is absolutely disgusting!

Jul 1st
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Nutella Toast

Plot twist.. This was Rachel's plan all along... And she got away with it 🤐

Jul 1st
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Teresa Harris

Great, but sad, episode!

Jun 29th
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deborah cassidy

You know this is an asshole. But he’s right the bible is a disgusting book. Follow any of it read it without interpretation just as is it’s horrific. As the late great Christopher Hitchens said Religion poisons everything. Just be a good human. Don’t be a dick

Jun 29th
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Monnie Moores

So much tragedy.....all in the name of"God".These parents are 100 percent idiotic.People like this never deserve to have children.They can stuff their faces but cant feed and love what "God" has given them?.....When Seth and his wife receive their punishment and become dust in the wind, it will be "just another day" and all in the name of "God".

Jun 29th
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zbailey

I would like to have a "talk" with Seth..

Jun 29th
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stuart gilmour

another crap episode

Jun 29th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

You kill me when you talk about your cats, even when it's in an advertisement. When is your wedding?

Jun 29th
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Curtis Miles

Oh boy... lol... If pharmaceuticals are sorcery, then send me to Hogwarts. I love em.

Jun 29th
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Nicholas Brandt

takes forever for a episode to come out

Jun 29th
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Meg

stop calling the males men and the females girls. they are all grown ass adults. call them women Jesus fucking Christ

Jun 27th
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Casey Vogt

Jesus Christ, what am I listening to? I don't give a shit what this guy thinks!

Jun 26th
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Dianna W

that's some bad acting

Jun 23rd
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