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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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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.

    Episode 158

    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 committed before.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 157

    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 156

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 155

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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 154

    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 153

    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?

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

Miss B 28 ,

Great

Great show but find the music really jarring, used too much throughout and is too loud in places,making listening through headphones uncomfortable.

Emduds ,

Awful

Mike let’s his opinions take over. Also victim blaming creeps in. Stopped listening a while ago.

AnnaR888232 ,

You deserve better than this podcast

I used to really like this podcast and was a fan for years. I don’t share Mike’s political opinions but I enjoyed hearing this different perspective, especially because his storytelling and the production value of this podcast was so good in particular, when compared to other podcasts in the early years. However, in the most recent episodes it’s been very difficult to listen to Mike talk in such a degrading and venomous way. I find myself at times feeling sympathetic towards the perpetrators in these episodes because of how petty and rude Mike can be. He attacks people not because of their horrendous actions but because of trivial things such as their appearance, word choice, gender or political views. I find myself unable to continue listening to this podcast without feeling disgusted by the things Mike sometimes says. If you’re looking for a true crime podcast which has far more personality and analysis from the hosts as well as being far more balanced and an all round more pleasant listening experience, I would recommend Generation Why or True Crime Garage. There’s a world of true crime podcasts out there, don’t waste your time with this one.

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