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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 155

Episode 155

2020-02-1501:05:2115

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 only person who can help the police locate him, and her missing car.
Episode 154

Episode 154

2020-02-0201:12:2747

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.
Episode 153

Episode 153

2019-12-1901:26:5582

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?
Episode 152

Episode 152

2019-12-0801:08:5979

This is the exciting conclusion of the Sheila 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.
Episode 151

Episode 151

2019-11-2300:54:5367

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.
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.
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/id1487148155Google Podcasts - https://play.google.com/music/m/Ijqsr5kldi4hnoson5rwogdzijq?t=Sword_and_Scale_DailySpotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZoM1t4vw6rZNJus1n2O5GStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sword-and-scale-dailyiHeartRadio - https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-sword-and-scale-daily-52523391/Castbox - https://castbox.fm/channel/Sword-and-Scale-Daily-id2452645?country=usRadioPublic - https://radiopublic.com/sword-and-scale-daily-WedwRvPocket Casts - https://pca.st/5qtq95lvRSS - https://rss.art19.com/sword-and-scale-daily
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/id1487148155Google Podcasts - https://play.google.com/music/m/Ijqsr5kldi4hnoson5rwogdzijq?t=Sword_and_Scale_DailySpotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZoM1t4vw6rZNJus1n2O5GStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sword-and-scale-dailyiHeartRadio - https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-sword-and-scale-daily-52523391/Castbox - https://castbox.fm/channel/Sword-and-Scale-Daily-id2452645?country=usRadioPublic - https://radiopublic.com/sword-and-scale-daily-WedwRvPocket Casts - https://pca.st/5qtq95lvRSS - https://rss.art19.com/sword-and-scale-daily
Episode 150

Episode 150

2019-11-1000:58:0371

Around 1 A.M. on October 15th, 2018, Barron County Sheriff’s Department receives a 911 call. What sounds to be a struggle and screaming on the other end of the line triggers deputies to drive to the home which the number was registered to. Upon arrival, deputies found 56-year-old James Closs and his wife, 46-year-old Denise deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Quickly, they find out that the Closs’ 13-year-old daughter was missing from the house. Despite all of the searches, rumors and theories, it wouldn’t be until 88 days later when 13-year-old Jayme Closs wandered down a road 70 miles away from her home, finding a Good Samaritan who recognized the young girl and was able to notify law enforcement. But who was it that took her? And why did they kill her parents? It was a story that shocked the nation and showed that strangers are capable of anything… 
Episode 149

Episode 149

2019-10-2700:48:2964

In April 2018, Boca Raton Police Department were alerted of a missing person. James Scandirito II was calling to report that his father, 74-year-old James ‘Skip’ Scandirito was missing from his home and that he had not heard from his father in a few days. Concerned friends also had called in to make a report. But quickly, detectives began to keep an eye on James, as he had mad suspicious statements and acted out unusually while they were trying to conduct their investigation. As they surveilled the 49-year-old man, he ended up leading them to a grisly discovery… 
Episode 148

Episode 148

2019-10-1301:01:5062

We’re taking a deep dive into the world of YouTube rant channels in the early 2000s. Tony48219 loved to sit in his computer chair and shout at the camera about evolution, geocentrism, women, and atheists. Most of his abrasive opinions were met with expected opposition online.  As unpopular as his opinions could be, nothing is as unpopular and unbelievable as what happened when he took his online anger and acted upon it in the real world.
Episode 147

Episode 147

2019-09-2800:42:4053

Sexual child abuse is so widespread that the numbers are astounding. We seem to forget that the threat is omnipresent and can come in the form of another troubled child with little to no parental supervision. Girls are typically more pretected, more sheltered from these sorts of dangers, but when this sort of abuse happens to a boy the repressed shame, guilt and anger can last a lifetime.Do you have a personal story to tell about your experience with sexual abuse, physical/psychological abuse, or domestic violence? Tell others like you about it on SurvivingThis.com.
Episode 146

Episode 146

2019-09-0801:14:0880

Domestic violence happens every day. It happens so often that as a society we’re numb to it. When Brandon Clark stabbed Bianca Devins in the throat it was just another case of domestic violence. But when Brandon posted the gory photo online taunting Bianca’s beta orbiters and then attempted suicide live on Instagram, the story Bianca’s murder took on a life of its own.
Episode 145

Episode 145

2019-09-0101:07:3786

The afternoon of January 13th, 2010, a Conyers Georgia police officer encounters an exasperated 16-year-old Tasmiyah Whitehead approaching his squad car in a gated community. The girl claims she and her identical twin arrived home from school to find their mother unconscious in the bathtub, the home destroyed by blood stains and broken furniture. The evidence investigators later find at this murder scene tells a sickening story.Preorder Yucca Harris' Book: The Untold Story
Episode 144

Episode 144

2019-08-1800:49:5482

When ‘Megan Wants A Millionaire’ is suspended from airing after only three episodes, a former Reality TV ‘star’ rises to infamy after a brutal murder, and international manhunt.
Episode 143

Episode 143

2019-08-0400:52:5083

Most of the time, accidents are simply just that. Accidents. Sometimes though, collisions are made with precise decision making, with little to no care in terms of the safety of human beings. We’re going to examine a few cases of wrong way drivers that have occurred over the past few years and question what may have been behind the lack of regard for the lives of others…
Episode 142

Episode 142

2019-07-2100:54:1171

On July 17th, 2016, former United State Marine Gavin Long went into Baton Rouge, Louisiana to wage an all out war on the police. Many thought it was in retaliation for the tragic death of Alton Sterling in the weeks prior, but not everything is as it seems… If the police wanted to target him for years, he was going to be their ultimate target.
Episode 141

Episode 141

2019-07-1401:03:2999

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

2019-07-0401:06:1596

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

2019-06-0900:58:33104

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?
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Kole Hart

I don't mind Mike's comments a lot of the times. When he says stuff like "Poor little Ezra, always being victimized." That's the type of shit I'm always thinking about these people on these podcasts.

Feb 17th
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Julie Thompson

Bat shit crazy girl

Feb 17th
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Rebecca Zollo

i love this podcast, and Mike Boudet. please don't take this as a sh*t post, but I have been in the field of psychiatrist nursing for 20 years, many of those with adolescents. i also stay educated and informed regarding childhood sexual abuse, trauma, suicide and self harm. while I understand the frustration of dealing with an unreliable, and false accuser of sexual abuse/ assault, i took issue with Mike's outspoken dismissal of Ezra's first hand documentation of early childhood sexual abuse, beginning at the age of 7. it is very common for people with early childhood sexual abuse to become known for experiencing, even if only in their own reality, repeated sexual trauma and abuse. sometimes they make false allegations. however, it is very rare for a person to imagine or "make up" early childhood trauma. once a child is sexually abused, they often begin a lifetime of repeated abuse. they lose any sense of boundaries and self identity. it is easy for them to find themselves in undesired circumstances while feeling incapable of voicing objection, because they lose all sense of "free will." i do not mean to excuse Ezra's pathology and dishonesty, but it is important to put it into a well known social construct. i do not object to assertions that false allegations are criminal, but to the all sweeping decision to dismiss all aspects of her self perceived trauma, most specifically, her early childhood trauma. that is rarely a "false allegation," and most often a precursor to a slew of maladaptive and disingenuous behavior.

Feb 17th
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James Morrison

Talk about a scary time to be single

Feb 17th
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Jocelyn Allan

What a little prick: The pretty, blonde, sorority gals want to date knuckleheads as they are wont to do since the dawn of time. In fact, when scholarly education was invented, if Elliot was around back then, he'd be whining that all the really cool scholars like Plato, aren't attracted to him. So after two and a half years of being a creeper and an ogler on campus and iperplexed that this technique isn't getting the babes, Elliot's logic is that he will take out as many of these antagonizing barbies as possible with a gun! American MILLENIALS are the WORST! Hey Elliot, try porn and self- gratification like a normal person til the hormones settle down long enough for you to ask out a member of your own species!!!! And ask her about herself....Hope's, dreams, ideas.

Feb 17th
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Victoria Bleggi

I had to stop 18 minutes in. Just couldn't take anymore without vomiting.

Feb 16th
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Casey Wollberg

'i dont remember what happened, but here are some specific details about what i want you to believe happened.'

Feb 16th
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Casey Wollberg

this is a pretty interesting case involving intolerable weirdos.

Feb 16th
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Kala Stilwell

Does anyone know where you can watch the Dr. Phil episode? I would like to see the interview of Brooke and Keenan. I absolutely think Toni has issues. Also, watch Accident, Suicide, or Murder Paul Holes Investigates. They did an excellent job on this case!

Feb 16th
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AC K

this girl is insipid

Feb 16th
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Katt

Sword and Scale used to be my favorite podcast but its really gone downhill. The host spends more time interjecting his own opinions about the victims than actually telling their stories. Sad to see him throw away what used to be the best true crime podcast.

Feb 14th
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Gatlin Neufeld

she's guilty as sin. she deserves to rot in prison. Mike is a great narrator and calls things out as they are. anyone offended is a little to thin skinned if you ask me.

Feb 14th
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Jocelyn Allan

just a couple of losers fantasizing online. honestly, I find their conversation infantile and excruciatingly boring.

Feb 14th
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Paradox.3

thanks for sharing your story - I went through something similar and have never gone forward to the authorities. #youarebrave

Feb 13th
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Lacey Elkin

So everyone listened to this and their take away was that the woman that was at the location of her sexual assault, kidnapping, torture, and attempted murder for the first time was annoying????

Feb 13th
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Brian

Wow, you mean Court TV doesnt feel the need to cooperate with one of a thousand shlocky true crime podcasts? How dare they

Feb 12th
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Danielle Lee

Finally a new episode!

Feb 12th
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Leah

This mother was a controlling parent who is now trying to reap fame through the death of her daughter. Additionally, the parents vehemently suggested that the way they found their daughter was just not “right”. Such as, the bedroom was allegedly ransacked and Morgan’s clothes were completely different then when she went to bed... etc.. They pushed it SO hard that someone broke into the house (must have had an invisibility cloak), that it leads me to believe that they found her dead and either lied about the clothes being different or changed her clothes and staged her room in order to corroborate the mother’s crazy story.

Feb 10th
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Hwen Dee

"...late 80s/ early 90s nerd"

Feb 10th
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Dave Schwartz

Here's a comment from a normal listener and a normal dude, here's a few of Mike's opinions people are probably complaining about. Opinions on gender fluidity in young people and how it seems more young people are hopping on board with this groups. This is accurate. Opinions on hipster culture and their psuedo intelligent minds and ways of speaking, writing and their thoughts. This is accurate. Opinions on young people and more frequently cheating, referencing 2020. Almost going into the realm of polyamorous relationships. This is accurate. Opinions on sexuality with a disclosure for not kink shaming. This is having to become more common and is accurate. In conclusion, the episode was great, this community is being overrun by perpetual bitchers and moaners. The only thing that should be offensive is how long the Best Fiends advertisement lasts.

Feb 10th
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