Of the 102 podcast episodes and over 1,000 true crime blog posts that have been featured on Sword & Scale to date, there have been numerous cases of parents who purposely harm, abuse, or even kill their own children. Some like Andrea Yates and Julie Schenecker were mentally ill, others wanted some form of twisted revenge on their ex-partners or had cultural beliefs so strong they overtook the love they should have had for their own child. In all five of these cases, parents took the lives of their innocent children who trusted them implicitly. These cases represent the ultimate betrayal.

The Scrivo Murder Case (Sword & Scale Episodes 100 & 101)

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In the 100th episode of the Sword & Scale podcast, the disturbing and gruesome case of 61-year-old Donna Scrivo is introduced. A woman convicted of killing and dismembering her mentally ill 32-year-old son after drugging him in January 2014 in Michigan. Listen in horror as the story unfolds across two-hour long episodes.

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The Amber Pasztor Case (Sword & Scale Episode 85)

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The disturbing case of Amber Pasztor, a mother who abducted her two children aged 6 and 7 years old from their father in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before killing them inside of her car in October 2016.  Episode 85 focuses on this tragic case and on Amber Pasztor herself, listening to her interviews with Brett Thomas from WANE-TV Newschannel 16 about her actions and discussing her behaviour with Thomas who features on the show.

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The Mitchelle Blair Case (Sword & Scale Episode 67)

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The horrific case of Mitchelle Blair, a 36-year-old mother who carried out unthinkable acts of torture and abuse on her two children aged just 13 and 9 years old in Detroit in 2012 and 2013. When a Wayne County sheriff’s deputy attended her home to evict her in March 2015, the bodies of her children were found in the family’s deep freezer. Listen to Episode 67 as the grisly details of this case unfold.

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The John Jonchuck Case (Sword & Scale Episode 41)

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On 8 January 2015, John Jonchuck put his 5-year-old daughter Pheobe into the back of his car and drove to the Misener Bridge in Tampa, Florida. Lifting her out of the car he walked to the bridge edge and dropped her over the side and into the water. Episode 41 delves into this case looking into the background and family life of this little girl and how her life could have been saved.

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Mothers Who Kill Their Children (Sword & Scale Episode 23)

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In an episode dedicated to the topic of filicide; where mothers intentionally kill their own child, some of the most disturbing cases are covered including Andrea Yates, Casey Anthony and Megan Huntsman. It is an episode which comes with a warning; these cases are highly disturbing and for some, the true horror of these crimes maybe just too hard to listen to.

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