In this debut episode of Sword and Scale, author Janice Holly Booth tells the story of Bruce Blackman’s slip into the dark depths of schizophrenia and the horrible result it caused to him and his family. This tale is based on the true events that occurred in Coquitlam, British Columbia on January 18th, 1983.

This story is chilling, and in the wake of events like the Aurora Movie Theater shooting, more relevant than ever. This close knit family missed all the signs of trouble brewing and it had drastic consequences.

Very special thanks to Rachel Mallory, Ph.D., R. Psych for her medical insight and assistance with this broadcast.

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Cover art provided by Aaron Owen Smith