Sword and Scale
Spela

Introducing Dr. Death

Sword and Scale

00:00

Introducing Dr. Death

Sword and Scale

The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. No crime is too brutal and no victim is too pure. The worst monsters are real.

Sword and Scale

We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.Subscribe to Dr. Death on Apple Podcasts or visit www.wondery.fm/drdeath

Published

Play Episode

Related episodes Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale

Episode 121
(NaN)
On July 21st, 2006, an entire family seemingly disappeared from their home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. When police searched the residence, there were no signs of a break-in. Nothing was disturbed, and nothing of value appeared to be missing.But there was no sign of Neil, Rachel, or Lillian Entwistle....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED MURDER Justice CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 120
(NaN)
Everyone loves the idea of having the perfect family and keeping everyone close together. Go to work, come home, play with the kids, eat dinner together. Unfortunately, that isn’t always how things go. In 2015, the Bever family was the perfect example of this. The family of nine stuck close together within the four walls of their home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.But, stick a family together long enough, and eventually someone will blow their lid. On the evening of July 22nd, 2015, Robert and Michael Bever car...

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED MURDER Justice CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 119
(NaN)
We all love to talk about all of the things we’re going to do to better ourselves… all of the changes we want to make. Maybe we’d like to focus more on our families, start a business, or go back to school. Whatever the case, these aspirations often remain nothing more than that… aspirations. We put them on hold for so long that we forgot about them.  This is the story of 26-year-old Laura Ackerson, a young woman who was taking those steps.  She was determined to build a brighter future for herself and for h...

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED MURDER Justice CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 118
(NaN)
When you have a problem, you hire someone to fix it.  That's what you do.  Sometimes you don't have the benefit of Yelp reviews though......

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED MURDER Justice CRIME

Sword and Scale

Introducing The Vanished
(NaN)
In this special bonus trailer, welcome Marissa Jones from The Vanished to talk about her show, her craft and her passion for the victims' families she works with. Subscribe to The Vanished on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn or anywhere you listen to podcasts or visit wondery.fm/scale...

en

Sword and Scale

Episode 117
(NaN)
During the early morning hours of September 22nd, 2010, 13-year-old Alexis Mitchell awoke to the sight of her father looming over her and wearing a Halloween mask. His hands were around her neck, but he let up after she elbowed and bit him. Either having passed out or fallen asleep again thinking it was all a dream, Alexis eventually woke again up to the sound of screaming....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 116
(NaN)
On Sunday, October 4th 2009, Milford Police Sgt. Kevin Furlong was dispatched by 911 to 4 Trow Road in Mont Vernon. There had been a home invasion. Inside he found Jaimie Cates with multiple stab wounds and injuries and the body of her mom Kimberly Cates with numerous slashing and stab marks. Who would have done such a thing to this poor family?...

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 115
(NaN)
31-year-old Nicole VanderHeyden was substitute teacher and mother of three. She lived with her boyfriend and father of her infant son, Doug Detrie, in Bellevue, Brown County, WI. The Green Bay metro area. Her body was found naked and strangled in a farm field on May 21, 2016. Her skull was fractured and she suffered blunt force trauma to the left side of her head breaking and dislocating her jaw as well as injuries to her esophagus, trachea, and neck consistent with strangulation. Her clothes were found off...

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 114
(NaN)
Some crimes are so extreme that they defy the laws of nature. Ending the life of your very own mother, for example, is so unfathomable to most that it may be the most vile crime imaginable. The story we tell you here goes well beyond that. Strap in.....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 113
(NaN)
This will be, BY FAR, the most frustrating podcast you listen to (perhaps ever).  We here, at Sword and Scale, have had some pretty frustrating interactions with emergency operators, but nothing can prepare you for this audio gem.We also tangentially cover the brutal and completely senseless killing of an entire family.  They were the Van Breda's and they lived near 10 Allemann Street....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 112
(NaN)
Some tales of human depravity are just unimaginable. Are they the actions of a monster, or simply a monstrous act? Sometimes the lines are not quite so clear, and perhaps monsters are not only real, but existing all around us, and hidden in plain site.This is the story of a young boy named Joshua Earl Patrick Phillips, an even younger girl named Maddie Clifton, and a waterbed....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 111
(NaN)
What exactly is "God's Plan?"  Do you know?  Some people think they do.   Jonathan Hearn and Sabrina Limon thought "God's Plan" included having an illicit affair and killing Sabrina's husband....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 110
(NaN)
Part 2 of the Natalie Bollinger Murder......

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 109
(NaN)
A teenage girl is stalked by a homeless man and suddenly goes missing two weeks later....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 108
(NaN)
When Jane Bashara was found strangled to death in the back of her SUV nobody knew what to make of it.  Things like this simply didn't happen in  Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, a wealthy community of million-dollar homes.  The Bashara's, now empty nesters in their mid 50's, also were not the type of people who were found murdered in a parking lot.  They were the type of people who volunteered for charity when they weren't hanging out at the country club.No one suspected that there were deep dark secrets betwe...

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 107
(NaN)
The human mind can go to such depths of depravity that, for the average well-adjusted person, it’s hard to even imagine. Kevin Ray Underwood’s mind was so far gone that his sexual fantasies started to include cannibalism.When 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin went missing, both of her parents lives were utterly destroyed. Little did they know that Jamie was literally just a few doors away in the same apartment building, and they were likely sitting there the moment she was killed....

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 106
(NaN)
So many leaves...It doesn't happen often, but the intersection of Psychosis and Psychopathy is a scary place.  A place where all things that are good, break down and all that's left is pure darkness.Matthew Hoffman lived in such a place......

en TRUE-CRIME cases trials violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE crime

Sword and Scale

Episode 105
(NaN)
CENTAUR... you have awoken. Don't let them kill you.Final episode of 2017 and Season 4. Enjoy......

en TRUE-CRIME cases TRIALS violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 104
(NaN)
Love is often expressed with gifts such as flowers and chocolates, but those same gifts can be used to manipulate, control and threaten in the hands of a stalker.That is a lesson that Alice Ruggles learned the hard way from her obsessed ex-boyfriend Trimaan Dhillon who couldn't handle her rejection....

en true-crime cases TRIALS violence greed criminals mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 103
(NaN)
Nothing quite says fear like a machete. In this episode we bring you to distinct stories of some of the most barbaric and utterly inexplicable attacks with a blade to poor souls who did nothing to deserve such brutality.The first story comes from Apex, North Carolina, where an 18-year-old girl named Priyanka Kumari is savagely attacked on her way home from school. The second comes from South Florida of course, where 17-year-old Jose Amaya-Guardado is ganged up on and killed by his classmates at a live-in tr...

en true-crime CASES TRIALS violence greed CRIMINALS mysteries UNSOLVED Murder JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 102
(NaN)
The death of a little girl named Jodi Parrack send a small town into a spiral of shock and disbelief. Everyone goes looking, but when a reserve police officer named Raymond McCann suggests looking in the cemetery all eyes turn on him as the primary suspect....

en true-crime CASES TRIALS violence GREED CRIMINALS mysteries UNSOLVED MURDER JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale PLUS Episode 17 Preview
(NaN)
A volatile wannabe gangster, a rural farm and four missing young men... the events that lead investigators to a 12½-foot-deep makeshift grave in Bucks County, Pennsylvania are so bizarre that they hardly make any sense....

en CASES TRIALS CRIMINALS MURDER CRIME true-crime violence GREED mysteries UNSOLVED JUSTICE

Sword and Scale

Episode 101
(NaN)
We conclude with Part 2 of the Scrivo Murder Case, a story which deals with elements of mental illness, grief and the relationship between a mother and a son....

en true-crime CASES TRIALS violence GREED CRIMINALS MYSTERIES UNSOLVED MURDER JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 100
(NaN)
For our landmark hundredth episode we cover a story that has all the elements our listeners love to hear. A graphic and gory case of body parts being foundscattered across a roadway, and the unbelievable tale of how the case then unfolds from there will leave you scratching your head....

en true-crime CASES TRIALS violence GREED CRIMINALS MYSTERIES UNSOLVED MURDER JUSTICE CRIME

Sword and Scale

Episode 99
(NaN)
Underreported and underdiscussed, male sexual child abuse is a topic that is often brushed under the rug due to social norms and the child's fears of being labelled a homosexual or future perpetrator. Data from various studies indicates that the problem is much more widespread than initially thought, but because such a small percentage of victims ever come forward, the data is skewed. In this episode we delve into this topic and discuss it freely and openly.If you want to tell us your story, please call us ...

en TRUE-CRIME CASES TRIALS VIOLENCE GREED CRIMINALS MYSTERIES UNSOLVED MURDER JUSTICE CRIME