Sword and Scale is an internet radio show and website covering the dark underworld of crime and the criminal justice system’s response to it. The show and website were launched January 1st, 2014 and feature stories of murder, abduction, rape and even more bizarre forms of crime. It’s the purest form of true-crime where nothing is off the table. Everything from 911 calls to court testimony, interviews with victims and sometimes with perpetrators give listeners a 360 degree look at the entire story. Told from the narrator’s point of view, Sword and Scale goes beyond the news clips and the sensationalist headlines to give listeners the whole story and deeper insight into the cases it covers than any other medium.
Sword and Scale
1679 E Orangethorpe Ave,
Atwood, CA 92811
The host of the show is Mike Boudet who has been active in the world of podcasting since 2007. His background in audio engineering brings a high level of quality to the show, where he combines ambient sounds, music and foley effects to tell an immersive and visceral story.
Among Mike’s many interests are fiction writing, which informs his ability to unravel a story and put the listener inside the listening experience. He’s also a documentary and true-crime TV junkie and can’t get enough of shows like Unsolved Mysteries, The First 48, American Greed and others.
Mike’s love of broadcasting and desire to see higher quality independent podcasts led him to create Sword and Scale in late 2013, which combines his talents perfectly into possibly the best true-crime radio show out there.
Chris Blondell is a freelance comedy writer with a taste for the dark stuff. If he didn’t have a sense of humor, he’d probably be one of the monsters. You can catch any of his wit and political ramblings on Twitter at @Chris_Blondell.
Fiona Guy is a criminal psychology writer and researcher with a particular focus on the darker side of human nature. Based on the West Coast of Scotland, Fiona has both a BSc and an MSc after studying psychology for over a decade and has spent a number of years working within scientific research and in the management of third sector substance misuse and mental health services. Fiona is editor of the crime research website Crime Traveller, exploring true crime and the criminal mind by delving into the research and theory behind criminal behaviour and the criminal brain navigating the fields of criminal psychology, criminology and forensic psychology. An avid reader of true crime and documentary junkie, Fiona is never far from a crime story and is especially interested in familial homicide and adolescent murder cases.
Robert Walsh is a freelance writer based in West Cornwall. He’s best known for True Crime, Military History, Motorsport History and Disability issues. When he’s not in Truro you’ll probably find him track-side at the Le Mans 24 Hours. He’s happily engaged, with three children. He enjoys reading, coffee and days out, when his life isn’t being run by Mistress Midnight, the family cat.
He’s been an expert consultant on true crime for BBC Radio 4 series (Punt P.I) and contributed to various publications including The Big Issue, New Internationalist, Crime Magazine, History Is Now, Lotus Remarque, Historic Lotus Register and Festival Eye among others. He can do print, online and radio work when available.
Jesus Rodriguez is a contributing writer at Sword and Scale.
His professional experience spans nearly 20 years as a corporate communications executive with high-profile work in both the public and private sectors. His formal education includes training in journalistic writing, and over the years, he has contributed articles to the Associated Press, The Miami Herald and other traditional and online media.
Jesus has a personal interest in history, sociology and archaeology, as well as documentary and true-crime television. He enjoys learning about particularly unusual crimes, historical or contemporary.
Jesus’ work for Sword and Scale combines these interests with his proficient writing, resulting in engaging prose, great storytelling and insightful analysis.