London’s Theater of Death

If you’ve ever been to London, chances are that you might have visited Hyde Park and, if you have, then you’ll probably have seen one of London’s most famous landmarks, Marble Arch. But it’s not the King of Norway’s gift to Queen Victoria (a gift, incidentally, that she hated) that we’re interested in. We’re interested in the small...

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Somerton Blues

Early one warm, December morning, around 6:30 to be more exact, the fog was stirring in the small town of Somerton, Adelaide, South Australia. It was the kind of summer morning Australians loved, usually. It was still early and the fog was milling around the jetty, embankment, and the boats docked in the harbor, thinking about lifting for the day....

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Sword and Scale Episode 26

This is one of the most under-reported murders in the history of the North American Continent. A mutilation that took hours and mind that was so disturbed it relished in the extreme violence inflicted on the deceased, this story exposes the obvious deficiencies in the extremely Liberal Canadian justice system, which even many natives don't even...

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Executions Gone Awry

According to a 2012 study published by the British Journal of American Legal Studies, 3% of all executions within the United States run into complications. It is partially due to these startling statistics that the death penalty remains a controversial issue for some. Death penalty advocates claim that even when a means of carrying out a death...

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A Look Back at Jonestown

A recent grim discovery of the cremated remains of nine victims present in Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978, once again brings this mind boggling atrocity into the forefront of the American psyche. How could a man convince so many people to kill themselves, and for what reason? Perhaps this question will never be fully answered. What is...

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Sword and Scale Episode 25

Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children.  Being one of these children is nightmarish enough, but if your abuser is someone you completely trust, then the event becomes all the more traumatic.  Jamie Sivrais was one of these children.  When he was 10 his father,...

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The Beast of Colombia

Considered by experts to be the most prolific serial killer of all time, Luis Garavito is believed to have murdered close to 300 young boys between 1992 and 1999. Preying primarily on homeless and impoverish children, Garivito was careful to use a number of aliases, change his appearance often, and by dividing his killing zones into “sectors”,...

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Sword and Scale Episode 24

With just 10,000 residents, the small town of Jennings, Louisiana has one of the highest crime rates per capita of any US town.  Any vice you're looking for can be found here, including prostitution, which is just one of the things that linked all 8 victims that were found in the surrounding swamp land.   Another thing linking all eight...

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5 Disturbing and True Urban Legends

A true cornerstone of my childhood experience was sharing urban legends. Some of my fondest memories involve hot summer evenings spent with my friends, sitting around in a circle at the edge of my driveway, and exchanging various horrific stories that may or may not have been true. These stories were often handed down from older brothers, sisters,...

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The Cannibal of Rothenburg

Cannibalism has had a long, sordid history.  In our western culture it is practically unheard of, except in cases of severe famine – like the tragic experience of the Donner Party. Other cultures – such as the Korowai, participate in cannibalism as part of their religious sacraments. It is not often that we hear of someone eating another...

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About Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale covers the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions.

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