Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale

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The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions, proving that the worst monsters are very real. We cover true-crime stories, high-profile trials, unsolved murders and missing persons cases.

Episodes

Episode 97  

Becoming a parent can be one of the most joy-filled experiences in one's life. It has been a long-standing tradition for friends, family and neighbors to all gather to celebrate this special experience with a baby shower. In the last decade or so, a new trend called "gender-reveal parties" has emerged for expectant parents to have another opportunity to celebrate. But when the celebration of a new life is suddenly visited by death, a new bundle of questions emerge.

Episode 96  

There's a lot that can go wrong in this organ we call the human brain, which we don't fully understand.  It's important for all of us to be much more aware of the red flags so that we can prevent tragedies like this one from happening.

We examine this phenomenon of "Gangstalking" and "Targeted Individuals" and the case of a young lawyer named Myron May.  We're joined by graduate professor of forensic psychology Dr. Vanessa Holtgrave.

Sword and Scale Episode 95  

Escapism is something most of us are guilty of. We retire to our TV shows, video games, podcasts... One would not assume that even the most esoteric escapes could be dangerous, but for two gay men in the mid 80's living in rural Northern Georgia, that would be a dangerous assumption.

This is the story of a place called Corpsewood. The handbuilt manner castle in the remote woods was meant to be a solitary retreat for Dr. Charles Scudder and Joseph Odem, but instead it would become their final resting place in which a carnival-like media atmosphere of victim-blaming would descend.

Introducing Locked Up Abroad  

What does it feel like in the split second you realize you're about to be locked up in a foreign country - possibly for life? In Locked Up Abroad, host Jim Clemente (Real Crime Profile) brings you first hand accounts from people who lived this nightmare, starting with Billy Hayes, subject of the Oliver Stone movie Midnight Express. A riveting, immersive audio adaptation of the hit TV series by the National Geographic Channel. From Istanbul to Bali to Sao Paulo, you'll hear what it's like to be locked up abroad.

Subscribe today so you never miss an episode! https://smarturl.it/lockedup

Episode 94  

Randy Stair secretly identified as a female for years. She ditched her given name for the pseudonym Andrew Blaze and also ditched the YouTube channel she had worked on for a large part of her life to pursue animation. The cartoons she created were dark, angst-ridden creations derived from an existing Nickelodeon character that she was infatuated with and believed existed in some otherworldly plain which she planned to be welcomed into after murdering three of her coworkers. 

Episode 93  

The highly polarized political climate we're living in colors our view of the world in one way or another. Sometimes it's hard to see the big picture and true underlying human tragedy when we're too busy judging the beliefs of others. 

This is a story of four people who died tragically, seemingly for no reason, in a supermarket, in the middle of the night.

Sword and Scale Episode 92  

The love of a mother is something many of us take for granted, but when it's not present during the early formative years the results can be disastrous. This is what Edmund Kemper suggests happened to him. A serial killer who enjoyed murdering coeds in the early 70's, Kemper is not your average lunatic. He has the IQ of a genius and has spent years self-analyzing his actions. We hear from his own words and delve into the extreme nature of his crimes. Thank you to our sponsors: ADT – For 24/7 monitoring and peace of mind, check out ADT.com …the security leader for 140 years.

Introducing Sword and Scale Rewind  

Sword and Scale Rewind launches today. Preview this episode and subscribe to Sword and Scale Rewind to get the first 3 episodes today. Subscribe here: http://smarturl.it/ssr

Sword and Scale Episode 91  

We kick off this week's episode with some much needed updates about what's been going on behind the scenes, fist of which is Sword and Scale Rewind, hosted by Lynette Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, which launches on June 14th. It's the after-show for this podcast, so every episode of Rewind will cover an episode of S&S, starting with Episode 1. Make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts so you don't miss a thing. Secondly, we get into the other big thing that's happening right now and the reason why we've been so busy... We're making a TV Show!!! That's right, we're working with Propogate Content to develop a brand new made-for-TV version of Sword and Scale. We have some big names onboard which we'll be announcing soon, but we're very excited about how it's all coming together. ...And while we were out there in Los Angeles, we got to pop in to The Museum of Death which was so fascinating that we decided to talk to its assistant curator for an audio-based tour. Lastly, we get into this week's main story. A look behind the scenes into an investigation regarding a car theft and the kidnapping of Kingston Frazier, a 6-year-old boy who was in the car that was taken. The following 12 hours become a mad manhunt for the boy and the details surrounding this investigation will leave you speechless. Thank you to our sponsors: ADT – For 24/7 monitoring and peace of mind, check out ADT.com …the security leader for 140 years.

Sword and Scale Episode 90  

When Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Claudia Rowe, author of The Spider and The Fly, decided to write to a serial killer, she wasn't prepared for how it would change her life. In her quest to understand the nature of cruelty, she ended up discovering much more about herself. Kendall Francois murdered at least eight women and hid the rotting corpses in the home that he shared with his mother, father, and younger sister. A large foreboding figure who emanated a pungent odor, he demands that Rowe offers personal details of her life in exchange for the answers she is seeking. She does not comply with his wishes, which leads the reader to wonder "Who really is the spider and who really is the fly?" Thank you to our sponsors: ADT – For 24/7 monitoring and peace of mind, check out ADT.com …the security leader for 140 years.

Sword and Scale Episode 89  

Matthew Hahn is bright, eloquent, friendly and just generally the kind of person you like immediately. He's the kind of person that will tell you everything about his life within seconds of meeting him, but only if you ask. He's an open book which is unusual, because once you hear his story, and your jaw drops to the floor with the disbelief that what you're listening to is not is tall tale, but a reality that this person you're speaking to has lived through, there's one other fact you have to accept: Matt Hahn is a criminal. And you still like him, because his moral compass is stronger than most... Thank you to our sponsors: ADT – For 24/7 monitoring and peace of mind, check out ADT.com …the security leader for 140 years.

Sword and Scale Episode 88  

When a 14 year old boy named Philip Chism goes missing in the middle of a school day, his mother thinks the worst and calls 911. Little does she know, that her son isn't the only missing person from Danvers High School that day. A 24-year-old math teacher is missing also. She is Phillip's teacher which raises some immediate questions, but after finally solving a mishap with the school's 140-camera security system, police are able to come up with a theory as to what happened that day. Another big clue, of course, is the body in the woods. Colleen E. Ritzer was a 24-year-old math teacher at Danvers High School. She had a warm smile and love of teaching. Some of her friends would later say that she was "born to do this job." However, no one could have imaged the darkness that would shroud the school on that particular day, and when all is said and done we are all left with the nagging question of "why?" Thank you to our sponsors: ADT – For 24/7 monitoring and peace of mind, check out ADT.com …the security leader for 140 years.

Sword and Scale Episode 87  

Over the course of a normal school day, a mystery unravels. At first there is chaos, confusion and much worry, but soon all of that anxiety melts into a river of loss and agony as friends and family members find out the truth. This first part of a two-part story is sure to keep you riveted, at the edge of your seat, and pulling your hair out waiting for the next part. Luckily though, you won't have to because you're a Patreon Supporter and part two will be posted immediately after this one... Thank you to our sponsors: ADT – For 24/7 monitoring and peace of mind, check out ADT.com …the security leader for 140 years.

S&S+ Episode 10 Preview w/ True Crime Garage  

Somehow many of our listeners still don't know that Sword and Scale PLUS is a show that we put out, between regular episodes, that we put out exclusively for our Patreon Supporters. To join just visit us on Patreon.com/SwordAndScale to sign up. For just $5/month you get instant access the premium feed which has all the PLUS episodes on it, along with full unedited interviews, the 2015 secret episode, early access to all future shows, and episodes of Universe of Mystery, the first podcast I ever produced. And it’s all commercial free. Support your favorite show and get access to all this extra content today! Patreon.com/SwordAndScale

Introducing I Hate My Boss  

I Hate My Boss is a workplace advice show with an element of comedy. Hosts Liz Dolan and Larry Seal will help you make the big decisions, navigate the small stuff and get more fulfillment from your work life. Plus, a comedy segment based at the fictional ad agency Penn & Pencil, will help you better prepare for and laugh at the characters you'll deal with in your everyday life. I Hate My Boss. Workplace Drama. Comedic Relief. Subscribe today at smarturl.it/IHMB

Sword and Scale Episode 86  

The 20 year anniversary of one of the strangest tales in modern American religious history is quickly approaching. On March 26th, March 26, 1997 Marshall Herff Applewhite led a group of 39 devoted followers to their final destination. In their minds they were headed to a spaceship following the Hale-Bopp Comet where they would be taken and transformed into perfect angelic alien beings, a state in which they would live forever. We're joined by Benjamin E. Zeller, Religious Historian and Author of the book "Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion."

Sword and Scale Episode 85  

There are few things more horrifying than the idea that your children can be taken from their beds, from their own home, while there's an adult sleeping inside, yet that's exactly what happened on the morning of Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We, as a modern society, have systems in place, technological marvels, to prevent and deter these things from happening. However, in this case, the very system that was used to try and rescue the children ended up leading to their deaths. This is the bizarre story of Amber Pazstor told through her own words. We're joined by Brett Thomas from WAYN-TV Newschannel 16, who interviewed Pazstor from behind bars to find out why she chose to perform this horrible series of actions. Subscribe to Sword & Scale so you never miss an episode: smarturl.it/scale Thank you to our sponsors: Blue Apron - Get 3 meals free on your first order when you visit them here: www.blueapron.com/monsters Casper - Get $50 off any mattress when you visit them here: www.casper.com/monsters Been Verified - Get a 5-day trial for just $1 when you visit them here: www.BeenVerified.com/crime Stamps.com - Get a free 4-week trial including postage and a digital scale when you use code MONSTERS www.stamps.com We'd like to hear from you. Find us on Twitter @SwordAndScale or Facebook.com/SwordAndScale, and please complete a quick survey at www.wondery.com/survey

Sword and Scale Episode 84  

There is a place that humanity has created where the rules of society mean nothing. This place is a void of laws and social norms. The scariest thing, is that there is a doorway to this dark place in every home, in some cases we carry this doorway with us day after day. It's a place called The Dark Net. In this episode we're joined by Jamie Bartlett to discuss this dark and sinister place, along with the human psychology that created it and makes it particularly nefarious. We also touch on the stories of William Francis Melchert-Dinkel who tricked a young girl into committing suicide for his own sick sense of entertainment. Mitchell Henderson, who was a young boy constantly bullied and ended up commiting suicide, but even in death he found no solace as an endless barage of trolls relentlessly mocked him and his grieving parents. We also talk about the extraordinarily disturbing case of Peter Scully, who's business enterprise No Limits Fun created such despicable works such as DAFU Love and Daisy's Destruction. Subscribe to Sword & Scale so you never miss an episode: smarturl.it/scale Thank you to our sponsors: Blue Apron - Get 3 meals free on your first order when you visit them here: www.blueapron.com/monsters Casper - Get $50 off any mattress when you visit them here: www.casper.com/monsters Been Verified - Get a 5-day trial for just $1 when you visit them here: www.BeenVerified.com/crime Stamps.com - Get a free 4-week trial including postage and a digital scale when you use code MONSTERS www.stamps.com We'd like to hear from you. Find us on Twitter @SwordAndScale or Facebook.com/SwordAndScale, and please complete a quick survey at www.wondery.com/survey

Sword and Scale Episode 83  

Love can be a wonderful thing. It can make the world around you seem like a magical place. But sometimes, love can go wrong. Very wrong. In this season opener we examine several cases where love failed and darkness took over culminating in various murder-suicides.

Introducing Hollywood and Crime  

Today, we're introducing Hollywood & Crime, from Wondery, the network of Sword & Scale. In 12 serialized episodes, host Tracy Pattin will uncover new evidence from the Black Dahlia case and several other murders of young women that happened around the same time in the entertainment capital of the world. The series explores the question, were these murders the work of a serial killer? Or were they committed by a series of lone wolves or copycats? To listen to the entire episodes 1, 2 and future episodes, subscribe today on smarturl.it/Hollywoodandcrime

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