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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 172

Episode 172

2020-10-2601:15:1520

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.
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2020-10-1701:14:5319

On August 2nd, 2016, 30-year-old speech pathologist Karina Vetrano left her home to go for a late-afternoon jog through Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach, Queens. When she didn’t return, a lengthy police investigation and two murder trials would follow, revealing a strange motive rooted in misdirected anger and pure rage.
Episode 171

Episode 171

2020-10-1201:13:2127

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

2020-09-2101:04:2053

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

2020-08-2801:08:5937

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

2020-08-1601:17:0251

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

2020-08-0201:05:2256

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

2020-07-1901:12:5859

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

2020-06-2958:4447

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

2020-06-1501:01:0554

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

2020-06-0101:12:0866

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

2020-05-1801:01:2556

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

2020-05-0401:06:0874

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

2020-04-2301:18:2448

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

2020-04-2001:12:2569

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

2020-03-2601:06:3272

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

2020-03-1601:06:1973

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

2020-03-0101:04:4265

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

2020-02-0201:11:0984

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.
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ID17820798

Love it ❤️

Oct 29th
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NIGHT FUEL

Sure he's up for parole in 25 years, but they'll never let him out. he'll rot in there along with Bernardo and Magnotta. now, had he not killed and only raped, they may have let him out in 25, like you say this is Canada, but he's pretty nuts, he ain't going anywhere!

Oct 29th
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dchamberss dchamberss

Would not have happened if they weren't foolish enough to hire an illegal immigrant. Two less votes for open borders. Vote Trump. Follow the law. Stay safe.

Oct 28th
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Samp 75

Nice medical system.

Oct 27th
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mel

The punishment should be an immediate Hysterectomy.

Oct 27th
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Christian Menard

she was so calm, cool, and collected in the police conversations I think it effected the way the police handled the situation... not saying the lack of concern was justified but she did not sound like a girl in danger or distress really at all...

Oct 26th
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Christian Menard

Even the britts can't understand the britts 😅🤣

Oct 26th
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Mike S

so evil!

Oct 26th
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Christian Menard

That cop fishing for information was fishing so hard it worked against him big timee...

Oct 24th
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Christian Menard

best victim impact statement I've ever heard! fuck you Leon

Oct 24th
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Christian Menard

what a fucking insane narcissist. piece of garbage. both of them.

Oct 24th
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Christian Menard

Tigerbelly is the shitttt!!!!!!

Oct 24th
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Debra McCutcheon

love Mike you are great. Haters are haters....who cares

Oct 22nd
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Katie

God this 911 operator is a fucking idiot. Shes trying to get him to go outside to "check on his parents" when he's clearly hiding for his life!!! smfh.

Oct 20th
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Mike S

wait, I thought Plus was supposed to be commercial-free??

Oct 20th
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mel

The lawyer sounds like Joe Pesci.

Oct 19th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

Such an interesting case. So sweet that her father knew on some level she shouldn't go running that day. Heartbreaking

Oct 19th
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Christian Menard

guarantee that overly theatrical lawyer is a piece of scum. you can hear it in his voice. probably a great lawyer. but also garbage human

Oct 19th
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Tasia

The only reason you are sticking up for this guy the Dad so hard is because he is a friend of a PIG we all know how much you love your little "blue" friends! Sure the dad didn't do it, but you don't stick up for regular people like that!!

Oct 18th
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Christian Menard

What a little bitch he is....

Oct 18th
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