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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.

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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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.






Sword and Scale Episode 165

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. SOURCES A Very Heavy Prophetic Message...

Sword and Scale Episode 164

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....


Sword and Scale Episode 163

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. SOURCES Examining Tucker Cipriano’s Facebook...


Sword and Scale Episode 162

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. SOURCES Maddox Parents Were Stressed About Money Missing Baby Suffered From Eye Cancer Video: Understanding Retinoblastoma Video: Ryan Lawrence...


Sword and Scale Episode 161

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. SOURCES “Dark Ambition: The Twisted Pact of Serial Killers Dellen Millard and Mark Smich”, by Anne Brocklehurst Video: Fire Crackling Cremation Facts Video: Dellen Interrogation Video: BAJA...


Sword and Scale Episode 160

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...


Sword and Scale Episode 159

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. SOURCES Andrew Balcer full 911 call Teenage boy charged with murder in Winthrop 17-year-old Winthrop boy arrested, charged with killing his parents...


Sword and Scale Episode 158

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...


Sword and Scale Episode 157

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. SOURCES Reporter Update: Boy Killed in Stabbing in New Castle Father of 8-Year-Old Stabbing Victim Speaks Out Child Stabbed to Death, Search Underway Man Arrested After Stabbing Call...


Sword and Scale Episode 156

The United States has experienced a slew of mass murders in recent years, but the two mass shootings that occurred within 14 hours of each other in August of 2019 have made a big impact on a society that is becoming more complacent by the day. The 24-hour news cycle consistently seems to have a negative effect on the frequency of these mass shootings as well as the continued desensitization of our society. SOURCES Special Report at least 18 Dead in El Paso Special Report 2 Mass Shootings in...


Sword and Scale Episode 155

We’re back with the riveting conclusion to the tale of Ezra McCandless and her claims of repeated sexual victimization. To understand the many facets of this case, you absolutely must go back and listen to part 1 before you listen to this episode. We ended part 1 with some final details about Ezra’s love triangle with Jason Mengel and Alex Woodworth, and all of her many rape allegations against the men in her life, but we still don’t know what happened to Alex on March 22, 2018. Ezra is the...


Sword and Scale Episode 154

Ezra McCandless wove a web of complicated relationships for herself, getting involved romantically with many of the men in her coffee-shop clique in a hipster Wisconsin college town. Things were going well for her until they weren’t, and one person in the exclusive friend group ended up dead. SOURCES All sources were documents/media obtained directly from Dunn County Clerk of Courts. MUSIC Ethan Sloan - Through The Fog Bazooka - The Big Easy Alternate Endings - Stranger Danger


Sword and Scale Episode 153

A neighbor dispute turns deadly after a brain damaged war vet with PTSD finally snaps on Labor Day 2012. Did Billy Woodward plan his military style assault, or did he have no choice but to Stand His Ground? SOURCES William Woodward Trial: Day 1, Part 1 William Woodward Trial: Day 1, Part 2 William Woodward Trial: Day 4, Part 1 William Woodward Trial: Day 6, Part 2 William Woodward Trial: Day 8, Part 1 William Woodward Trial: Police Interview William Wood Trial: Prosecution Rebuttal William...


Sword and Scale Episode 152

This is the exciting conclusion of the Sheilla Davalloo Story. If you haven’t listened to part one go back one episode and start there. The leads in Anna Lisa Raymundo’s murder investigation were dead ends… that is until Sheila Davalloo tries to kill her husband. During the attempted murder Sheila makes a phone call, but not to 911. That phone number leads the police to a common thread in both investigations… Nelson Sessler. SOURCES News 12 Westchester 2/19/04 Obsessed, book by M. William...


Sword and Scale Episode 151

This is the riveting first part of a two-part story that will leave you wondering “how well do I know my significant other.” Sheila Davalloo is educated and from an affluent family. She lives among the well-to-do and works for the powers that be but her life is anything but as mundane as that. Sheila Davalloo had a secret obsession that involved mind games, spying, and eventually… murder. SOURCES News 12 Westchester 2/19/04 Obsessed, book by M. William Phelps Murderer Sentenced to 50 Years...


Sword and Scale Daily - Meet the Host

Daily true-crime news and coverage of high-profile criminal cases from around the country and around the globe, five days a week. Subscribe Now: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sword-and-scale-daily/id1487148155 Google Podcasts - https://play.google.com/music/m/Ijqsr5kldi4hnoson5rwogdzijq?t=Sword_and_Scale_Daily Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZoM1t4vw6rZNJus1n2O5G Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sword-and-scale-daily iHeartRadio -...


Sword and Scale Daily - Nov 15, 2019

A school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, leaves two students dead and five injured. A Texas jury sentences a man to death for the double-murder of his roommate, and his roommates 17-year-old girlfriend. Finally, law enforcement in California release new video evidence in the October kidnapping and murder of Indian-American Tech CEO, Tushar Atre.


Sword and Scale Daily - Nov 14, 2019

In Ohio, a mother of five has been arrested and charged with a 2012 murder. Erika Stephanko is accused of helping her ex-husband murder his former girlfriend. A Philadelphia woman is charged with abusing and murdering a four-year-old girl in her custody, after claiming the child was hurt in a fall. Finally, in Newark, New Jersey, an alleged serial killer is on trial for the murder of three women and the attempted murder of a fourth. The crimes all took place in the fall of 2016, and the...


Sword and Scale Daily - Nov 13, 2019

An Oklahoma police chief is killed during a trip to a law enforcement conference in Florida, and one of his officers is charged with his murder. A Texas man is in custody after kidnapping a girl and keeping her captive for eleven weeks. Finally, in England, sentencing reveals new details in the case of an incestuous couple who murdered two of their children, and attempted to kill all of them.


Sword and Scale Daily - Nov 12, 2019

In Virginia, a manhunt is underway for an armed Marine deserter, who is suspected of murdering his mother’s boyfriend. Two suspects are in custody and have been charged with malice murder in the death of Clark-Atlanta University student Alexis Crawford, whose body was discovered on Saturday, November 9th. A 14-year-old girl is charged with the gruesome murder of well-known Philadelphia cat rescuer, Albert Chernoff, aka, ‘Alley Cat’. Finally, the Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff’s office have...