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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.



141 Episodes
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Episode 139

Episode 139

2019-06-0900:58:3343

Andrew Urdiales, a serial killer with military training, attacks and tortures women across three states for ten years. Only one woman lives to the tell her harrowing tale; but with no evidence left behind, how many years will pass until justice is served?
Episode 138

Episode 138

2019-05-2600:52:5658

The process of vetting those we allow into our lives is a precarious one. When young, prospective college student Brandy Rosine met Jade Olmstead online, it seemed to be love at first Skype. Things were going smoothly for the couple, they began living together for a short while until a restless Jade abandoned the relationship for a former flame. As Jade and Brandy continued to keep in touch despite Jade’s rekindled relationship with Ashley Barber, trouble began to brew within the love triangle.
Episode 137

Episode 137

2019-05-1201:02:2418

On October 10th, 2008, 38-year-old Johnny Altinger made his way to South Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He had set up a date with a mysterious woman on the website Plenty of Fish. He emailed friends and family about his big date, even forwarding the directions of where he was heading to. A few days later, his friends and family realize they haven’t heard from the man who’s usually always in contact. A string of bizarre emails they receive make them contact the police about his well being. The directions lead to a garage full of horrors, almost as if it was made for a movie…
Episode 136

Episode 136

2019-04-2100:52:1913

Serious psychological issues can develop, fester, and become toxic in the cover of darkness when not addressed and treated properly. None of us are immune to the dangers or pitfalls of mental illness or where dark thoughts could lead us. On March 10th, 2017, Anjum Coffland learned this lesson the hard way when she went to her husband Randall’s residence in order to retrieve her work computer.
Episode 135

Episode 135

2019-04-0700:45:5027

16-year-old Emma Walker broke up with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Riley Gaul because she realized it wasn’t a healthy relationship and was tired of his controlling and abusive behavior. But when she needed help after a series of strange and frightening events, Riley was there to save her… or so she thought. On the morning of Monday, November 21, 2016, Emma is found dead in her bed and Riley is the number one person of interest. 
Episode 134

Episode 134

2019-03-2301:24:2476

Sticks and stones will break my bones... a child's nursery rhyme which contains a universal truth that is all but lost in today's day and age of safe spaces and mass censorship of "hurtful words." Respect is not only demanded in this brave new world, but some of us feel entitled to it. Chris Dorner never received the respect he felt he was entitled to. When he felt his honor was being stripped away by the very institution he swore allegiance to he had only one logical choice… go to war with the LAPD. How he chose to act then, said more about his character than any words ever could.
Episode 133

Episode 133

2019-03-0901:22:35109

Three vicious murders in rural Northeastern Maine stun the small city of Amity’s 238 residents.  A missing truck, three innocent victims killed with surgical precision, and a crime scene just a few miles West of the US/Canadian border leave detectives with few clues.  Like a trained assassin creeping through the Maine thicket, 20-year-old Thayne Ormsby commits one of the state’s most heinous triple homicides, all apparently - by mistake.  A tale of vigilante justice gone horribly wrong when the truth is finally revealed.  
Episode 132

Episode 132

2019-02-2501:01:21104

On July 17th, 2016, Cara Beckerle went up to the bedroom of her 19-year-old daughter, Aleah, to check on her. When she opened the door, the bed was empty, and Aleah’s wheelchair was sitting next to it. Aleah could not have left of her own free will, as she was incapable of moving on her own due to physical disabilities, and she was nonverbal due to mental disabilities. She was also prone to seizures and had to take daily medication for them. That medication was also still in her room.What happened to Aleah Beckerle?
Episode 131

Episode 131

2019-02-1101:21:52122

Chris Watts is arrested and charged with murder on August 15th, 2018 in the disappearance of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two children, daughters Bella and Celeste.  The caring father and husband was the envy of those who followed their success live online for the world to see.  But behind the dramatic weight loss, the anticipated birth of their third child - a son, and Chris and Shanann’s thriving professional careers, a much darker truth remained.  Chris wanted a new beginning.  A new lease at life.  And he was willing to do anything for a fresh start with his new love.  He was a monster hiding in plain sight, and his actions horrified an entire nation, bringing new meaning to the classic marital vows, “til death, do us part.” (Part 2 of 2) 
Episode 130

Episode 130

2019-01-2601:09:55146

On August 13th, 2018, expectant mother Shanann Watts and her daughters Bella and Celeste were reported missing from their home in Frederick, Colorado.  As if vanishing into thin air, her vehicle was left locked in the family garage, her purse and wallet remaining on the kitchen counter.  Husband and father Christopher Watts was the last to see them alive in the early morning hours, and his claims grew increasingly more bizarre as he spoke openly to the media in the hours and days after their initial disappearance.  With every interview given, it became clear that Chris Watts was hiding much more than just their disappearance.
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Tara Lacey

"Man up" 😂

Jun 16th
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Brandon Goter

episode 11 is broken

Jun 14th
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Ashley Kimes

loved the episode but my goddess my ears were bleeding

Jun 14th
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Catherine Watson

Dear God the author who wrote the book was a horrible interview! It took her forever to answer questions. I finally gave up and skipped this one...

Jun 14th
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Demeaco Franklin

This podcast must be what crack is like. I'm hooked!!

Jun 14th
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Christopher Noble

Hail Satan

Jun 13th
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Jeremy Mccollum

This Bitch has Night Vision...Dont do Meth!!

Jun 13th
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Nathan Crockett

god damn this victim made me want to strangle her all over again. She is so fucking annoying

Jun 13th
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Tara Lacey

This is a crazy story! But after listening to the details on sleepwalking and the kind of man he was, I lean toward innocence. Esp the part about the 2 older children fending him off. Ugh though, and I'm in bed, family's asleep, slight unease right about now..

Jun 13th
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Adriana

I can't take this victims story telling. ... the way she talks and her voice(!) omg! kill me now

Jun 12th
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Brian Holloway

Adriana yeah I was just thinking the same as I'm listening to the episode. checked the comments just for this reason. trying to finish the episode anyway. I feel bad for her but holy crap, why is she overselling it?

Jun 12th
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TJ Terwilliger

we need Mike back

Jun 12th
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Ashley Carver

TJ Terwilliger he's coming back on July 4th

Jun 12th
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ballarex

such a good episode. great interviews. i had chills down my spine

Jun 11th
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Tara Lacey

asshole, sounds like my ex-husband

Jun 11th
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Ishmael

The Illinois justice system is a disgrace.

Jun 11th
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Kevin Marshall

for the first time I can't finish an episode... 30 min in was more then I should have given it. ugh.

Jun 11th
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Bruce Dwayne

clowns in the comments lol. Wash that face paint off it's embarrassing 😂

Jun 11th
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Tara Lacey

Mike is the best, pretty soon I'll be done with listening on here, signing up for Patreon!

Jun 11th
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Ashley Renée

I feel sick listening to the 911 call. my baby just turned 10 two days ago and I can't imagine 😭

Jun 10th
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Ashley Renée

jesus, the loud blasting music right after the episode ended hurt my ears. please keep in mind that some listeners are using headphones.

Jun 10th
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Michael Genovese

girl telling the story was unbearable. her story was overdone. you could tell she enjoyed writing stories.

Jun 10th
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Jennifer Spencer

Michael Genovese could not stand her. had to cut it off too

Jun 12th
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Jacob Anderson

Dea Applegate next time you get savagely close to being murdered I hope it's not as dramatic

Jun 11th
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