Should Our Thoughts Be a Criminal Offense?

Back when I was going through my digital forensics training we were instructed on how to recover information on perpetrators or missing persons through a variety of means including, but not limited to, social media profiles, emails, phone logs, files or photos stored on devices, photos stored within their computer cache, deleted files – which we...

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To Commute, Or Not Commute..?

Alabama Governor Bibb Graves That is the question for any State Governor with the power to do so. Some agonize over the decision, some don’t and a great many will base their decision more on their approval rating than on justice and the law. What, as far as I’m aware, no other Governor has ever done was stand peering through a small window...

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Live Murder on the News

Every day we hear of murder, rape, death, and some of the most horrific atrocities we could ever fathom covered on the news. Since the inception of live media coverage, it is not uncommon for events surrounding some of these stories to unfold as the cameras are rolling. It should not be surprising that even murder has occurred live on the air,...

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Sword and Scale Episode 46

Despite being a grown man, Joseph McEnroe still exhibits the same traits he did when he was just a little boy: He bottles up his frustrations until they explode in fits of violence. He also seems to have a hint of the same Nightingale Syndrome that his mother uses to justify her abhorrent dating behaviors. Joseph follows in her footsteps by...

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The Ramblin’ Corpse of Elmer McCurdy

Bungled Outlaw Elmer McCurdy The outlaw Elmer McCurdy may have been known as “The Bandit that Wouldn't Give Up”, but his troubled life was fairly unremarkable. Born to an unwed teenage mother, he was quickly adopted by his uncle in order to save his mother the shame of having a child out of wedlock. After it was revealed that the woman he...

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Murder at the North Pole?

Well, we’ll probably never know and that’s what makes this case so interesting. A distinguished Professor, two Inuit helpers, the first successful expedition to the North Pole and Admiral Robert Peary, one of America’s most famous explorers. Throw in the frozen wasteland of the Arctic Circle and that the murder (if it was a murder) occurred...

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Deliberate Plane Crashes

If there wasn't enough reason to fear flying, the recent incident involving the Germanwings airliner introduces a new fear into the public psyche – deliberate plane crashes. However, we can breathe easy knowing that the occurrence of suicidal pilots intentionally crashing planes is incredibly rare. A study conducted by the FAA reports that out...

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Sword and Scale Episode 45

In this first part of a two-part story, we examine the Carnation Murders. This slaughtering of an entire family, by a seriously deranged couple, took place in 2007 in Carnation, Washington, a small rural town 25 miles east of Seattle. This story is told through the words of the man behind the trigger, as he's tries to make excuses and barter for...

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The Last Execution At The Tower Of London

The Tower of London, nowadays a popular tourist destination. Once also a prison, defensive fortress, a crime scene (if you believe, as I do, that the ‘Princes in the Tower’ were murdered here) and also the site of a number of execution. Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey (who was the shortest-reigning Queen in British history, in office for only nine...

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The Story Behind The True Detective

HBO's fictional crime drama, The True Detective, is a gripping series that explores the fight between good and evil. Fans of the HBO hit series True Detective are reeling in anticipation for season 2, and for good reason. The show follows the career of two vice cops, played by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, as they unravel a case...

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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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