Sword and Scale Episode 43

When Rodney Reed turned himself in to Bastrop Police, on what he though was a gun charge, little did he know he would be spending the next 17 years on Death Row for a crime he did not commit. However, that seems to be exactly what happened. He was charged, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Stacey Stites who he was having an affair...

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Haunting Photographs Taken By Murderers

It is not uncommon to hear of murderers collecting trophies from their victims. Psychologists theorize that this phenomena is likely because killers like to prolong the thrill of their exploits. By taking a small memento to remind them of the crime they are able to relive that fantasy again and again. For murderers these souvenirs are indicative...

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The Serial Stowaway

Since the 9/11 attacks it has been widely publicized how airport security has increased. Airline customers are required to remove their shoes and willingly submit to pat down procedures, proper identification is now mandatory at various checkpoints throughout the airport, items that were previously allowed on-board are now considered restricted...

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Sword and Scale Episode 42

The idea of ultimate justice is appealing to those of us who have strong empathy for victims in vicious and unspeakable crimes. However, the cost of implementing such an unyielding and unrepairable finality as taking someone's life, is that from time to time we'll make a mistake and get it wrong. The end result of a mistake like this is the...

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Famous Last Words

Death Row is the end of the line for serious criminal offenders. Some of the most well-known serial killers, murderers, and other criminals have found themselves here through the years, where they’re often forgotten and left behind for the next big story. Of course, it doesn’t end with a death sentence. Many of these convicted criminals tell a...

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The Black Knight

Katherine Price Katherine Knight, later dubbed "The Black Knight", was well known as the town psychopath. Her violent temper and erratic behavior often sent her lovers fleeing for their lives. It wasn't usual for her to have a cooling off period, and many times the men she tormented would return to her, only for her to unleash her special...

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In 1828 the Scottish city of Edinburgh became home to a reign of terror that sealed its place in criminal history. Two men, William Burke and William Hare, murdered 16 people in approximately ten months, selling their corpses to distinguished surgeon and anatomist Dr. Robert Knox. But why? What use is a dead body and why were fresh corpses, devoid...

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Public Enemy Number One

Meet Lester Joseph Gillis, AKA George Nelson, AKA ‘Baby Face’ Nelson (a nickname he personally hated). People seldom called him ‘Baby Face’ owing to his hair-trigger temper and extraordinary capacity for senseless violence. Nelson inherited the dubious mantle of ‘Public Enemy Number One’ in 1934 after the death of his sometime...

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The Death Penalty’s Future?

It’s never been done before. It’s possible it will never be used. But, only days ago, Oklahoma legislators voted to adopt the use of a nitrogen gas chamber if it should prove impossible to obtain the drugs needed to continue lethal injections. Far from dusting off their electric chair, the grotesquely nicknamed ‘Sizzlin’ Sally’ like...

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Sword and Scale Episode 41

Luckily there aren't very many examples of the perfect storm occurring in a community where a dysfunctional family, a broken child-protection agency, and a community that makes a series of unlucky decisions end with the death of a beautiful, happy and loving 5-year-old little girl. Episode 41, however, isn't one of them. On January 8th, 2015,...

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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.

The Sword and Scale Podcast debuted in 2013 and is available on iTunes. Get to know more about Sword and Scale at our About Us page.