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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. The worst monsters are real.



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Episode 192

Episode 192

2021-07-1901:08:1916

In February of 2017, 28-year-old Kayla Crocker was found bound, bloody, and unresponsive in the nursery of her Florida home. After she was rushed to a nearby hospital, county police called upon several other law enforcement agencies to assist with the investigation, including the U.S. Marshals Service and out-of-state highway patrol. The reason the local police called in so much help was because Kayla Crocker was not a lone victim. There were several others, all of whom had unwillingly become part of someone’s week-long and multi-state murder spree.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 191

Episode 191

2021-07-0501:14:2521

When personal assistant Jennifer Fulford mysteriously disappeared from her wealthy employer’s house, everyone was puzzled by the strange trail of strange clues left in her absence. Had Jennifer run away? Had she been hurt? The truth behind her sudden disappearance would be far more devious, deranged, and senseless than anyone could have imagined.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 190

Episode 190

2021-06-2801:08:5220

What happened to Lee Paulino? He disappeared days before Thanksgiving and the police just considered him a runaway in spite of his family's pleas that he would never do that. When a gruesome discovery is made two weeks later it calls into question could the police have done more and how well do parents know their own children.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 189

Episode 189

2021-06-1401:02:4629

Residents of the Marpole neighborhood in Vancouver, British Columbia suddenly found themselves double-checking their deadbolts when an unidentified killer senselessly murdered two valuable members of the community. 64-year-old Dianna Mah-Jones, and her husband, 68-year-old Richard Jones were discovered in their home on September 26th, 2017. It was a massacre inside, one that law enforcement officials would never forget.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 188

Episode 188

2021-05-3101:40:1828

On New Year's Day 2008, 24-year-old Meredith Emerson went missing after setting out on a hike up Blood Mountain in Union County, Georgia. Search teams combed Blood Mountain for days in an effort to find the missing hiker, but they never did. Meredith was not on Blood Mountain. She was fifty miles away, held captive by a deranged serial killer.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 187

Episode 187

2021-05-1701:13:4844

21-year-old Alisha Bromfield had it all. She had a supportive friend group, a family who loved her, a nearly completed bachelor’s degree, and a baby on the way. When she didn’t arrive home from an out-of-state wedding on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 as planned, friends and family soon learned that someone in her life did not have her best interest at heart.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 186

Episode 186

2021-05-0201:26:1730

In October of 2005, empty nesters Dennis and Norma Woodruff were found shot and stabbed to death in their Texas home. With a lack of physical evidence and leads, police fixated on the couple’s 19-year-old son Brandon as their killer when they found out he was in debt, flunking out of college, and secretly making gay porn. Was Brandon really the murderer, or were there other suspects roaming free? Was this a case of character assassination on young Brandon, or was he truly a cold-blooded killer?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 185

Episode 185

2021-04-1801:12:3043

We’re back to bring you the conclusion of the mysterious staged death of Natasha Waalen. In order to get the full story, we encourage you to go back and listen to part 1 before diving into this episode.When we left off, Natasha’s former boyfriend, Ryan Boland had been arrested for her murder. But, police had a hunch that Ryan didn’t act alone and all signs pointed towards his hotheaded, weapon-obsessed brother, Tim Boland. The Boland Brothers had grown up with the world at their fingertips, but they were both on dark downward paths. Had they finally gone too far? Soon all of Anoka County would know the true nature of these entitled, manipulative brothers and what they did to Natasha Waalen.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 184

Episode 184

2021-04-1101:05:2840

When 29-year-old Natasha Waalen was found dead next to her dirt bike, police assumed it had been a terrible accident. They were wrong. Natasha had been murdered and her death was sloppily covered up to look like a motorcycle crash. Who would want this young mother, acupuncturist, and university graduate dead? Fingers soon pointed towards the father of her child and former boyfriend, Ryan Boland as the police uncovered the violent, questionable past behind Ryan’s good ol’ boy facade. But the town soon questioned if he had acted alone.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 183

Episode 183

2021-04-0501:12:3134

On Sunday June 28th, 2015, Dr. Teresa Sievers returned home early from a family vacation only to find she was not alone in the house. In the aftermath of a brutal murder, it appeared on the surface to be a robbery—but no valuables were taken, and no clues were left behind except for a bloody, hairy hammer. Uncovering the truth would take months, and involve a conspiracy that crossed multiple states.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
We sometimes get things wrong. In this exclusive interview with Kim Dixon, sister to Zachary Penna's victim from Episode 181, she joins us to tell us why.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 182

Episode 182

2021-03-2201:33:1011

In December of 2000, 31-year-old real estate appraiser Mike Williams went missing while duck hunting on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida. The initial belief was that Mike had drowned and that alligators had eaten his body. Seventeen years would go by before Florida law enforcement could prove that something even more horrifying and nefarious happened to Mike Williams.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 181

Episode 181

2021-03-0801:15:218

Zachary Penna was having a horrible day. He left work early to pick up his car but the auto shop said it wasn’t ready which ruined his evening plans. He had to walk home in the South Florida heat and when he got there he was locked out. It’s enough to piss anyone off but Zachary had a different reaction. He stripped off most of his clothes, trudged through some nearby woods, and murdered Freddy Sanchez and Wayne Dixon, two complete strangers, in their own home.Special thanks to Marc Freeman, court reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 180

Episode 180

2021-02-2201:25:159

An unreal crime scene with a dead fortune teller, her dead daughter, and an otherworldly tone has police in Westminster, CA grasping at straws trying to solve the case. They consulted Warlocks, cult experts and were even approached by a dog psychic. They come up with nothing. That is, until they catch a break with a credit transaction… on the opposite coast. In a case that takes you from Little Saigon to rural North Carolina and leads you on a path of greed and destruction this episode will have you questioning your own fortune.“This was a horrible crime and these stories need to be told. I thank you for telling them. We can have reforms but victims cannot be forgotten because evil will still be there and these stories are cautionary tales. Their lives mattered. It mattered to all of us who worked to bring them justice. And Justice, is a lifetime commitment.”-Sonia Balleste, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Santa BarbaraSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 179

Episode 179

2021-02-0601:03:174

Markeith Loyd was not there for his first two children, but Sade Dixon gave him another chance at being a father. With God’s guidance, Markeith believed that there was no way he could mess it up this time around. That was until his visions from heaven led him onto the U.S. Marshall’s most wanted list, after the death of four innocent people.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 178

Episode 178

2021-01-2401:14:345

Holly Colino’s descent into madness took a long time. A series of unfortunate life events painted her paranoid delusions in a shade of green envy. Everywhere she looked were women that wanted to be her so badly that they would copy everything about her. Her hair, her eyebrows, her lips, her entire identity stolen. Her path for justice took her on a collision course with the mother of an 8-year-old boy that would end in tragedy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 177

Episode 177

2021-01-1101:00:5856

Spawned from a long line of vicious criminals, Nikko Jenkins struck terror into Nebraskans when he callously slayed four innocent citizens in his murderous ten-day spree. It was a family adventure when his sister, cousin, and uncle all played roles in the executions. Despite announcing that he would “wage war on society” when released from prison, his blatant warnings were ignored by all but a few.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 176

Episode 176

2020-12-2001:06:3759

We’re all looking forward to retirement, when we can finally cash out all of our hard-earned savings and live off of it until we die. That’s the hope, at least. Joel Guy Senior and his wife Lisa Guy had just sold their house in Knoxville Tennessee and were preparing to move to a new home in Surgoinsville in December of 2016. They had no idea that Thanksgiving of 2016 would not only be the last holiday celebrated at their old Knoxville home, but it would be the last holiday they’d ever celebrate together.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 175

Episode 175

2020-12-0501:33:5763

Clark Fredericks was born with a hole in his heart. 46 years later, he was arrested for repeatedly stabbing and killing a retired police lieutenant in the small town of Stillwater, New Jersey. What led Clark to commit such a violent act, and why would he tell us that silence is our worst enemy? Believe it or not, we can all learn a thing or two from the life that confessed killer Clark Fredericks has endured.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Episode 174

Episode 174

2020-11-2301:19:2658

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Aflacbird

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jul 23rd
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victoria guthrie

I love Mike. His show is a the right amount of sardonic intelligence with a hint of shit your pants scary. I gotta say, I about shit my pants when he referred to a 52 year old woman as both "elderly lady", "little old lady", and said "he could have just pushed her down and taken the keys". As a 52 year old woman, my heart died just a little. Fuck you Mike. I still love you.

Jul 22nd
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Kristina Noelle

@2:08: "Thirty-oneth"... you mean thirty-first? I can't even.

Jul 22nd
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Liz Kardon

First of all, 52 is a little old lady?!!!! Boy. Bless your heart. Also, holy crap, little bitty Lillian? Btw, one of the most beautiful places in this country.

Jul 22nd
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Anthony Hoggard

A 52 year old is referred to as "...a sweet OLD lady" and "Elderly". Does Mike Boudet think that after 50, we all stop living??!x

Jul 21st
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Maarya Cousin

She's so scared of him that she told him exactly where she was. well there goes any sympathy I could have had.

Jul 20th
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giraffezrkewl

all of the news reports and interview clips he plays have the name Alicia pronounced uh-lee-sha. he pronounced the same name incorrectly in a different episode a few weeks ago as well

Jul 19th
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Maria Silva

Sure, from the outside they can look like a successful family and that alone would have offered Tucker a lot more opportunities than most. But to me, as an adopted kid of a very academically focused perfectionist family (we're talking surgeons, Princeton, NASA), and as the only person in my family who has a "learning disability", it is very very easy to feel like a black sheep. The slightest difference in your family's treatment, expectations, etc of you can really feel like a stark objection to you. And I'll bet that having a set of twins as your siblings could only exacerbate that feeling of being left out and different since twins tend to be extremely close. I'd much rather hear a psychologist's opinion on Tucker and his issues than Mike, who has blatantly turned this into a black and white case instead of exploring any fuckin nuances of the situation. This was a pretty infuriating episode and I dont think Mike understands how offensive and even triggering his hard formed opinions are (especially when it came to glossing over psychological medications and their effects).

Jul 19th
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Kristina Noelle

BEH-leed...be-LIED. Belied is pronounced as the latter.

Jul 18th
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Joshua

pronounced monarch weird

Jul 17th
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Maria Silva

Okay, 2 things. 1. What is with all the hate for Canada from Mike and the comments? Oh no, they believe in rehabilitation over life imprisonment, which has proved far more effective in preventing recidivism! And oh nooo, their police were professional and tactful during interrogation! Come on, y'all, how can you knock that? 2. Skyrim?.... SKYRIM IS SUPER VIOLENT?! What planet am I living on??

Jul 15th
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Claire Smith

Mike and I are best buds. lol.

Jul 13th
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Michael Bushart

I wish when the narrator spoke he would spit some facts about the case instead of asking if im angry or trying to talk crap about the murderer which isn't funny and makes narrator sound like a whiny bitch. doesn't this comment make you so angry??

Jul 13th
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Jeremiah

Wait a minute, if higher IQ means you're better at knowing what not to do.... why are there so many criminals and serial killers that have scored very high in IQ, some even genius level? The whole IQ part of this is totally irrelevant. I'd venture to say there is the same amount or more criminals with higher IQ than those with below average IQ....

Jul 13th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

Completely subscribed to Sword and Scale Rewind.

Jul 12th
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Reformed Garbage

45:08 This right here explains why so many young black teenagers/men go off the rails and become career criminals. Obviously not all of them but a significant percentage. Look at how many commit felonies and how many do not have a 2 parent household. Government welfare has created this problem by telling mostly minorities that "You don't need a husband, the government will give you welfare, healthcare and food stamps". It's really sad. We need more fathers in the home.

Jul 12th
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Chante Harris

I disagree with the prosecution very much here. not that it's okay to do the crimes he did...but I think he was insane at the time and I think there is a lot to show that but guess the jury thought otherwise...

Jul 11th
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Mark Probasco

I hope someone in prison gets ahold of this piece of shit and makes him suffer a slow painful death.

Jul 8th
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Joshua

never before heard a crying so fake

Jul 7th
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ID19907300

I like the show, but the one thing I don’t like is how the host acts like some strip club DJ blaring crappy dubstep music like it’s a party. If you’re making a living telling the stories of people eho get senselessly murdered, at least show a little respect. It’s just poor taste.

Jul 6th
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