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Sword and Scale

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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 262

Episode 262

2024-04-2201:20:501

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

2024-04-0801:21:3212

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

2024-03-2501:08:3917

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

2024-03-0401:29:0713

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

2024-02-1901:17:5812

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

2024-02-0501:33:504

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

2024-01-1559:337

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

2023-12-1801:26:5510

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

2023-12-0401:42:3416

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

2023-11-2001:18:529

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

2023-11-0601:15:148

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

2023-09-2401:23:1213

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.
Episode 248

Episode 248

2023-09-1101:16:4211

Emily Noble suffered a lot of loss in the last decade of her life but she always persevered. She was physically healthy and took her mental health seriously too. She never faltered. That’s why when she went missing in May of 2020 everyone suspected foul play except her husband, the prime suspect.
Episode 247

Episode 247

2023-08-2801:19:189

On the day before Halloween, sisters Ashlee and Lisa Rucker were shot in the head inside their Florida condominium. There were four witnesses in the apartment, but only one truly knew what happened. Soon the world would find out who was responsible for this heinous killing and the years of tension that built up to that final day.
Episode 246

Episode 246

2023-08-1401:22:186

The Robinson family seemingly had it all in a small town in upstate South Carolina. They had a lovely house, burgeoning careers, and 5 wonderful kids. But when a tragedy struck the family in January of 2021 the whole world was confronted with what happens behind closed doors. The lives of Ariel, Austin, and their children would never be the same again.
Episode 245

Episode 245

2023-07-3101:42:267

In June of 1996, 18-year-old Angie Dodge was found raped and murdered in her Idaho Falls apartment. For Idaho homicide detectives, this case was a big deal. Violent murders like this didn’t typically happen in their area, and they were determined to send someone to prison for Angie’s murder. Unfortunately, to the detriment and disgrace of their careers and to justice, they were willing to do just about anything to make that happen.
Episode 244

Episode 244

2023-07-1601:20:247

Isabella Guzman was 18-years-old when she savagely murdered her mother. Isabella’s crazy court appearances and attractive face turned her into a viral TikTok sensation overnight and all eyes were on her. But Isabella had been on a downward spiral for years and it turned out that the mother she blamed for all her misery was the only one who truly wanted to help her.
Episode 243

Episode 243

2023-06-2501:07:496

When police in Vancouver, Washington received a 911 call the morning of January 7th, 2007, they didn’t expect the caller to admit to a murder in the first ten seconds. Law enforcement would soon discover that the caller, 25-year-old Dylon Ray Peterson, was even more unhinged than he sounded on the phone. Thankfully, the young man was willing to share with them every detail of what he had done.
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KBB

6:22 🙄

Apr 22nd
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Justin Fowler

BLM juror

Apr 20th
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Selina Jahan Sathi

⭕𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛➤𝗗𝗢𝗪𝗡𝗟𝗢𝗔𝗗➤𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘➤👉https://www.justhd.online

Apr 19th
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꧁WupperElfe꧂

I identify as a doorbell - my pronouns are ding and dong 😶

Apr 18th
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Jill Bertschinger-Kimmle

The way Rachel nonchalantly laughs when she recalls her murdered family members. So evil.

Apr 16th
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Samantha W

8:00

Apr 14th
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꧁WupperElfe꧂

A 65year old grandmother is not "an old woman" - and it's pathetic how long it took Drake to come up with his asinine story 🙄

Apr 9th
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Megan

this is some puny justice. even if they made nice with the Courts and pleaded guilty, they should still be serving life. maybe life with possibility for some but not all of these three monsters. but, puny puny puny justice here and that is disgusting.

Apr 9th
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KBB

4:52

Apr 8th
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Kim Messer

crazy that churches aren't mandated reporters

Apr 5th
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Hadi Eskandari

give me an Oscar to hit this bastard to death for his poor acting on "Interrogation Room" -_- its really hard to be a detective sitting in front of such person and not losing your mind

Apr 5th
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Hadi Eskandari

4 years?6years?this is a joke

Apr 1st
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Hadi Eskandari

wtf :/

Apr 1st
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Tina Johnson

if you like this podcast you should download the sword and scale app and become a sasshole it's like the best it was the first true crime podcast and they are adding a tv show to the app starting April 1 it so great

Mar 28th
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bluehaze73

Squatters Beware this might happen to you

Mar 27th
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bluehaze73

Here it comes to attention hogs they also something...🙄

Mar 27th
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G

3:08

Mar 25th
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Pætrïck Lėő Dåvīd

the bureaucracy is cheaper and "the cuts are much cleaner!" I am so sorry for those people ever having to have known the monster. Did that Mike guy ever live in Edmonton Alberta back in the 1980s or 1990s? I believe their is an unsolved murder involving a suitcase found in a park on the south of town. i was jolted into remembering that horrible news clip. but I forget the year. it was around that time.

Mar 25th
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KBB

4:42

Mar 25th
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BillyBlazko

Chris Tapp was murdered just a couple of months ago

Mar 20th
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