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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 141

Episode 141

2019-07-1401:03:2920

When 23 year old Bonnie Haim goes missing in January of 1993, abandoning her husband and 3 year old son, all fingers point toward her husband, Michael Haim. With no body, no DNA evidence, and no proof, police couldn’t make an arrest, and couldn’t prove that Bonnie hadn’t just run off to start a new life. The case went cold for over two more decades until new evidence arose in 2014. 
Episode 140

Episode 140

2019-07-0401:06:1551

During the early morning hours of May 5th, 2012, Mark Duenas was awoken by what sounded like a catfight outside of his family home. He got up from his recliner and began checking the outside of the home. Walking down the hallway, he noticed the light on in his wife’s bedroom. When he opened up the door, he found her crumpled on the ground, covered in blood. No one knew who could have done such a thing. But in trying times such as these, it’s important for families to stick close.
Episode 139

Episode 139

2019-06-0900:58:3373

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

2019-05-2600:52:5677

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

2019-05-1201:02:2429

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

2019-04-2100:52:1917

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

2019-04-0700:45:5037

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

2019-03-2301:24:2480

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

2019-03-0901:22:35112

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

2019-02-2501:01:21106

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?
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Ari Christine

yes! Mike is back!

Jul 15th
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RMS-2002

Ari Christine Meh

Jul 15th
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A Cleminson

The way Angela Simpson speaks about the murder and herself and how she believes she should be put to death is crazy. She is just eerily calm and then the end where she thought they stopped recording.

Jul 15th
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Trina Potter

This episode makes me wanna throw up thinking about the conditions the women suffered through... 🤮

Jul 15th
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Trina Potter

I’m not sure if there was an intense trigger warning before the phone call or not but there needs to be 😭

Jul 15th
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Trina Potter

I can’t stand listening to that 911 call im crying on my way to work poor lady and family 😭😭

Jul 15th
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Bobby Underwood

I'm going to try to so some research and if that useless operator isn't fired I'm going to lose the last bit or faith I have in humanity

Jul 15th
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Arjun Singh

Bobby Underwood 😝

Jul 15th
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Aut Qast

ahh, yep the old Chris Watts syndrome eh?!? Of, "caring far to much" and "loving so completely" , that the love blinders came up when any idea of where their spouse has disappeared to, that it becomes fully and desperately more MONSTROUS at the cheap cards of narcissism and sociopathic begin to fall, while they continue to speak as if the house hasn't been burned down already. These stories break my heart , for everyone involved that knew the spouse or was close to them to observe the abuse and slow spiral down the slippery slope of idle hands, that we find out , truly are owned by thier selfish darkness they seem to be wholly consumed with sharing it all with everyone innocent and beautiful. FUC*!

Jul 15th
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John Simpson

Glad you are back Mike

Jul 15th
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Mahdis Abcpoor

John Simpson Do you like to chat with me??

Jul 15th
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Sindhuja Rao

John Simpson 👍

Jul 15th
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Ryan Moran

that baby (microwave Mom) deserved better than what she got from that family. her family turned there backs on that baby. I understand the love of a family but they could have stood up for that poor little thing. while also still Loving the murder. I really believe that true love is admitting the wrongs of those we love and still Loving them faults and all. but they had no love for that baby not once did they say anything about that baby at all.

Jul 14th
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Joshua Curthoys

'Michael haims trial began on August 8th 2019' damn Mike are you a time traveler now?

Jul 14th
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Jones

I’m all for 2nd amendment rights but Angem makes a good point... It shouldn’t be so easy for someone to get a gun who is under such emotional distress so quickly. The background check needs to be more stringent and thorough. What a tragedy. 😞

Jul 13th
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Holls Balls

19 in 1992. Grew up without electricity? In the us? Seems super unlikely. I don’t want to victim shame but this girl made it more dramatic, exaggerated the whole thing, her voice was shrill and awful. Glad mike it back but this is the worst episode I’ve heard.

Jul 12th
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Jones

This story sounded almost exactly like The Staircase

Jul 11th
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Sarah C

can't give him ur number but heeyyy lemme get in your car!🙄🙄🙄

Jul 11th
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Slaena Tornayda

what even is this episode? why would you give a platform to such a wildly unintelligent fuckwit, whose theories and paranoias are completely unfounded by research? Sorry , is it all those "conversations I've had with men" to make this fuckhole convinced of his own perverse delusions? thumbs down Mike, this is bullshit and your lack of knowledge is evident in the horrendous interview / excuse for questions

Jul 11th
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Jldubz

who make your guys intro / outro musicc???+!

Jul 10th
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Aut Qast

She is trying to confirm needed information you morons, if she doesnt know how many people or what condition or if there are active shooters she cant and the appropriate help. Operators cant just guess and dispatch 10 ambulances. it's an ambulance per person , and you all are like the people who are on here an don't understand why the Info is being gathered , or how it is being used to make sure people can be there to help. Good lord you people are dumb.

Jul 9th
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CINDY THOMPSON

I am so glad Mike is back!

Jul 9th
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Brooke Venning

Who the hell is stupid enough to get in a stranger's car? wow. And everyone's right, she's annoying as hell to listen to.

Jul 9th
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Eric Sechrist

thank gosh Mike for.real this is only worth it, u do a good job man.

Jul 9th
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