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Sword and Scale is a true crime podcast covering the dark underworld of crime and the criminal justice system’s response to it. The first episode launched January 1st, 2014 and feature stories of murder, abduction, rape, and even more bizarre forms of crime. It’s the purest form of true-crime where the raw uncensored audio tells the story. Everything from 911 calls to court testimony, interviews with victims and sometimes with perpetrators give listeners a 360 degree look at the seedy underbelly of human nature and so-called civilized society. Told from an everyman's point of view, Sword and Scale goes beyond the news clips and the sensationalist headlines to hold up a mirror to the audience and ask, "Is it us versus them? Or are we just like 'them' too?" Sword and scale proves that the worst monsters are real.
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Episode 268

Episode 268

2024-07-1401:02:038

In April of 2017, Georgia teenagers Johnny Rider and Cassie Bjorge unexpectedly arrived at a friend's apartment. The young couple appeared distraught and injured. Later, a SWAT team came to collect them. Johnny Rider and Cassie Bjorge were arrested and charged with committing a brutal double homicide.
Episode 267

Episode 267

2024-06-3001:06:1610

Amber Smith and Trenton Mallory had a simple life together with two boys and a wedding in the works. Then Amber came home to find their house ransacked and Trenton dead. No one could have expected such a tragedy to hit a small snowy town and the killer only would be revealed as the ice started to melt.
Episode 266

Episode 266

2024-06-1601:19:058

In early September of 2016, two young men from Gillette, Wyoming went missing. About a month later, the local police were alerted to a strange, black pickup truck that was parked on the side of a road. This truck reportedly smelled like rotting flesh. When police arrived to investigate, they found the missing men, but they didn’t find all of them. They only found a few chopped-up pieces.
Episode 265

Episode 265

2024-06-0301:05:457

Sunday, February 1, 2004 was Superbowl XXXVIII, a game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots. Sarasota Springs, a medium-sized community in Florida, was celebrating the game like most other American towns: with beer, food, and family. While the rest of Sarasota Springs indulged in the festivities with their loved ones, one family was desperately searching for one of theirs, an 11-year-old girl named Carlie Brucia.
Episode 264

Episode 264

2024-05-2001:10:1911

In 2002, high school senior Stacy DeGrandchamp died after getting into a physical fight with her schoolmate, Holly Boisvert. For many, the assumption was that Holly had murdered Stacy, but the police could never figure out how she did it, if she did it at all. The case eventually went cold, and nobody would get any real answers about Stacy’s death for almost twenty years.
Episode 263

Episode 263

2024-05-0601:23:3517

On August 21st, 2017, the lifeless body of Nada Huranieh, a beloved fitness instructor, was discovered on the pavement just outside her expansive residence in Farmington Hills. Rather than hastily attributing her demise to a mere accidental fall from a window, law enforcement authorities refrained from jumping to conclusions. Within the confines of the house, Nada's three children stood as the sole witnesses to the incident. Thankfully, the residence boasted an impressive network of 13 security cameras, which ultimately provided the vital lead necessary for the police to uncover the truth.
Episode 262

Episode 262

2024-04-2201:18:5712

Naomi Jones was an exceptional 12-year-old girl. She was caring, smart, ambitious, responsible, and mature for her age. On May 31st, 2017, Naomi went missing from her Pensacola apartment. In response, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office launched a massive search effort, but for nearly a week, nobody could find the young girl. Finally, on the 5th day of the search, a local fisherman found something that he would likely never forget, and the tragic fate of Naomi Jones was finally revealed.
Episode 261

Episode 261

2024-04-0801:21:3217

65-year-old Marilyn Gandert worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. She was a solitary woman who lived alone and was getting ready to sell her house and retire. Tragically, Marilyn was never able to enjoy her retirement. In January of 2018, her mangled and charred remains were found on a backroad in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Someone had brutally beaten and stabbed Marilyn to death, covered her in gasoline, and burned her body.
Episode 260

Episode 260

2024-03-2501:08:3918

A group of kids playing with a mysterious app called Randonautica follow its directions to Alki Beach in West Seattle. There they find a strange black suitcase on the rocks below the pier. Intrigued, they open the case to reveal a putrid smell. Responding officers would find other bags and reveal the suitcase was filled with the dismembered body parts of two people, Jessica Lewis and Austin Wenner. Seattle would be gripped in fear until their killer was caught.
Episode 259

Episode 259

2024-03-0401:29:0716

When Jessica Lynn Reale was 13-years-old, she was timid and untrusting. In early October of 1997, she mustered the courage to approach her 8th grade math teacher, a woman she’d only known for a number of weeks, to tell her a huge secret she had been keeping. Jessica told her teacher that she couldn’t go back home because someone had poured bleach all over her. This situation warranted a CPS report, but the involvement of the FBI or Sacramento County Law Enforcement was unexpected.
Episode 258

Episode 258

2024-02-1901:17:5814

Micheal Redlick was a high-powered sports executive in his mid-sixties living with his kids and much younger wife, Danielle. To onlookers, the Redlick family seemed to have it all, but inside their gorgeous multi-million dollar home, misery had been brewing for decades and it all imploded on January 11, 2018.
Episode 257

Episode 257

2024-02-0501:33:507

Sue Taynor was worried about her 21-year-old daughter, Jessica Sacco. She was bipolar, depressed, and vulnerable, having just gotten out of a bad relationship. When Jessica moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Urbana, Ohio, she began to open her home up to people who were a negative influence on her. Soon enough, there were six people living in the small unit. By the end of March, 2012, there would only be five.
Episode 256

Episode 256

2024-01-1559:338

Several elderly women appear to have died of natural causes, until March of 2018 when a 91-year-old woman survives a brutal attack. As the pieces come together, police are led to a man named Billy Chemirmir—but unfortunately, they may be too late.
Episode 255

Episode 255

2023-12-1801:26:5511

In August of 2014, a masked thief, dressed in black, walked away with nearly $20,000 from an American Eagle store in Fort Worth, Texas. Three months later, the assistant manager of that store was found brutally murdered inside her burning apartment. Were these completely separate crimes or were they somehow connected?
Episode 254

Episode 254

2023-12-0401:42:3417

In February of 2017, 28-year-old aspiring cosmetologist Shannon Graves went missing. Five months later, a young married couple in Campbell, Ohio had plans to cook dinner at home. When they opened their freezer, they unexpectedly found something that horrified them. They found frozen pieces of Shannon.
Episode 253

Episode 253

2023-11-2001:18:5210

In June of 2013, the dead body of 29-year-old Melinda Schaefer was found inside the leasing office of the Harvest View apartments in Baltimore County, Maryland. The murder scene was a complete blood bath, and due to the communal nature of the office, homicide detectives were not able to rely on DNA or other forensic evidence to solve this crime. They needed to use old-fashioned police work to find out who had murdered Melinda Schaefer and why.
Episode 252

Episode 252

2023-11-0601:15:149

In July of 2010, 15-year-old Sidnee Stephens was a troubled teen with a history of mental illness and running away from home so, no one in her immediate circle was too worried when she went missing yet again. Then, her dead body was found in the town creek. The investigation into Sidnee's murder would be long and strenuous, but most of all, it would prove just how unbelievably cruel and shortsighted teenagers can be.
Episode 251

Episode 251

2023-10-2301:20:1513

In June of 2013, 24-year-old Sarah Staudte became very ill and ended up in a hospital. Sarah’s internal organs were failing, her brain was hemorrhaging blood, and her doctors expected that Sarah was going to die. Yet, nobody could figure out the cause of the problem. Eventually, police were called in to investigate. They learned that Sarah’s father and brother recently had similar health complications before dying. Soon, the unbelievable and horrible truth came out. Someone was slowly, methodically, and systematically killing off everyone in the Staudte family.
Episode 250

Episode 250

2023-10-0901:15:4712

Amber Lynn Coplin was a 30-year-old mother of four getting her life back on track and living happily. But on November 13 of 2014, her teenage son came home to find her dead. It was obvious right away who had done this to Amber, but the full extent of how she had been murdered and what her killer had planned would create shock waves of disgust through the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Episode 249

Episode 249

2023-09-2401:23:1214

On Mother’s Day weekend of 2018, a hairdresser named Joleen Cummings was reported missing after she failed to pick up her kids from their father. Soon Joleen’s car was found in a Home Depot parking lot and the mystery behind her vanishing would open up a rabbit hole of insanity like never before. This was one of the craziest cases Florida had ever seen.
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Lars Bee

Mike, bud, you of all people should understand that people who experienced similar traumatic events have different reactions to these events... not all soldiers with similar traumas commit suicide and not all raped teenagers or beaten partners kill.... ... but the risks r much higher! of course 60 years for a 17 year old speaks for the kind of vengeful character the infamous US injustice system is known for by those who studied it.

Jul 15th
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Chi Snack

the absolute best!!!

Jul 15th
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Cold Cut

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Great Show 👍

Jul 14th
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bluehaze73

That's exactly what that b**** is gonna do.Set her own sister up

Jul 9th
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bluehaze73

The whole call sound so fake and scripted. Like, she's trying to make an alibi

Jul 9th
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A Cleminson

Another case I have heard multiple places before. I suppose 2 out of 267 isn't bad. 😆 but just strange two so close together. I would understand if I listened to a bunch of other podcasts. Anywho, just strange.

Jul 5th
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Jill Bertschinger-Kimmle

I'll never forget the one time I was driving home on the interstate near STL and I came upon an apparent accident. Turns out someone was out walking on the interstate a couple hours prior and was hit by a car and decapitated. What the east bound people saw, was the head. For some reason no one thought to cover it up. Talk about traumatizing!!! Now I'm leary to look at accidents on the road.

Jul 2nd
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Ch3No2

I love happy endings, especially when some POS, evil twat catches a life term for doing something so damn dumb and acting like she's innocent! Enjoy your stay dip shit!!!

Jul 1st
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꧁WupperElfe꧂

Season two?!

Jul 1st
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Shawna

what a horrific story

Jun 25th
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A Cleminson

I usually have never heard of the cases or know little about them before listening to the episodes. Unfortunately, this case has been covered many times already. I am surprised that S&S decided to cover it still.

Jun 23rd
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Tammy DePoto Kelly

I don't care what anyone says, Mike is the best!! There are always new cases I haven't heard on every other podcast, and the commentary is hilarious!! Thanks, Mike!!!

Jun 22nd
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Mark Smoots

io😂😀😀😂🐦‍⬛🐧

Jun 22nd
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Jill Bertschinger-Kimmle

People who say f**k incessantly are so annoying! I can't stand listening to that dude talk.

Jun 18th
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Megan

I wonder what Mr. Smith was like as a father. I wonder what kinds of abuses he put his own daughters through, that were in the same age range as the raped and murdered child.

Jun 16th
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Jun 10th
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Jun 10th
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Jun 10th
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Daniel Cole

Hopefully that old boy I hope he got what was coming to him. In prison before he went To death row. I hope his knees are all scraped up.

Jun 3rd
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Rock78 Rock78

It's amazing that the brother doesn't realize that nobody likes him is because he was gonna take a picture of the dead girl to make money. that's why you're scum ,asshole. Not because you talked to detectives.

Jun 3rd
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