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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.



178 Episodes
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Episode 174

Episode 174

2020-11-2301:23:5333

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

2020-11-0801:09:4427

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?
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2020-10-3001:02:4421

This is the story of how Shasta Groene was abducted by pedophile Joseph Duncan in Idaho and held captive for 7 weeks along with her brother Dylan. Both were emotionally, physically, and sexually tortured before Shasta was discovered in a Denny’s restaurant. How was a tiny, 8 year old girl able to make it back alive after enduring torture and witnessing gruesome murders?
Episode 172

Episode 172

2020-10-2601:15:1535

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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2020-10-1701:14:5325

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

2020-10-1201:13:2132

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

2020-09-2101:04:2055

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

2020-08-1601:17:0254

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

2020-06-0101:12:0868

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

2020-05-0401:06:0877

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

2020-04-2001:12:2573

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

2020-03-2601:06:3273

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

2020-03-1601:06:1975

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.
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Debra McCutcheon

love Mike in this, he cracks me up. well done Mike your a dead set champion

Dec 1st
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Tasia

Why is he texting girls on tinder when he sounds very Gay

Nov 30th
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Kay Cee

why even compare this to the canadian justice system ? it's so easy to think that america is the greatest country and has the greatest justice system but this case just proves it doesn't. stop comparing yourself to us !

Nov 30th
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mike haugh

I mean, they do tell you to turn off your phone before the movie soo.....

Nov 27th
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gumbess

Sigh, 지랄하네... oily manipulative narcissistic psychopath. His mother put him in the basement cuz she knew (like only mother's know) that her flesh n blood was a depraved monster. His life was Disneyland compare to my mother's n grandmother's UN-upbringing during the war. And because she had such a horrible life that she goes to extremes to make life less painful for others/animals. That's what non-psychopaths do. F✓cking smarmy mofo trying to pull a mama 지랄, pfft.

Nov 27th
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Papyrus

Insane story

Nov 26th
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gumbess

I truly wonder... if "reverse psychology" would work on these type of men to the point he can't wait to dump the women lol. IE., if she constantly (feigns) seeks his attn n time, flatter him extravagantly (esp in public), pout n cry about how all women r after him, etc etc... It might just work lol. Someone ought to do a study.

Nov 25th
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joi g

Grant Amato? Stephen Miller's twin.

Nov 24th
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Holly Dawson

Grant is better looking then Mike in my opinion. Mike's hubris chest beating every episode is damn annoying.

Nov 24th
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Dianna W

insanity

Nov 24th
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JenniJen

Where are episodes 130-166? Or are those for paying subscribers only?

Nov 23rd
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lil john

Wow this is a crazy..the money his family spent on him and the money he spend on her was insane..and he didn’t give a f**k..smh

Nov 23rd
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Samp 75

So the only heartfelt apology was to a group of fictional "friends" on the internet!!!

Nov 23rd
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Marzella Brown

The word “simp” isn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty old. Too Short, the bawdy West Coast rapper who used the word in lyrics as early as 1985. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/style/simp-history-slang.html

Nov 23rd
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Nutella Toast

I just can't fathom how naive and incompetent these doctors who treated Olvia area. How stupid can you be. It could have stopped with them and Olivia will be alive today. My poor angel fly high 😔 oh and Fuck the mother too. May she get hers in this life and the next and the next, bitch.

Nov 23rd
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Kay Cee

Why are you hating so much Canada in this episode ?! if Canada is such a horrible country why are you even bothering covering canadian crimes ?! sure, our justice system isn't perfect, I don't know any that is, but yours clearly isn't better ! I'm shocked that you made several anti-canada comments in this episode, and quite frankly quite disappointed ! why not make the same comments when your justice system fucks up and let criminels slide through way too easily ! you should be ashamed to make such comments. The RCMP officers don't even wear red 😂 get your facts straight and stop being such a proud american.

Nov 22nd
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gumbess

That mistress is a nasty duplicitous b^πch. Why would u tell the detectives superfluous details about his sexual... After all, he did what he did, in part, cuz of her.

Nov 20th
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gumbess

Cours, he's a "barely" hunter lol as oppose to my kind hearted elderly vetenarian boss 4x...

Nov 20th
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gumbess

As a female animal rescuer who had been threatened to be beaten by "men" for daring to defend animals from being tortured by them. I kinda NOT feel sorry for the dead "victim" n his gat damn shady family.

Nov 18th
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gumbess

Omg, he has similar conviction as me, EXCEPT I'm for the genocide of monsters (socio/psychopaths), not a particular race (that doesn't even make sense). These monsters disguised in human forms need to be wiped out (like we did w/Polio) from this planet. Considering each person spews 9 tons of waste to the environment, idky our archaic gov doesn't work w/the scientists to euthanize the socio/psychopaths (oh, I can tell which ones r... by my experience working in animal rescue lol). Imagine healing the planet by reducing monster overpopulation, avoid tragedies done by these sadistic torturerers/rapists/murderers, n save $$$$$$$$$$$$$! But, alas, current society is hopelessly backward to even consider.. sigh.

Nov 18th
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