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Crime Beat

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People know their hometowns by streets, a favorite restaurant or the local mall. Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt knows hers by the crime scenes she's been to over the past 20 years. Journey deep inside some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Each episode will take you inside the story to give y… read more

78 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Against All Odds | 1

January 24th, 2023

49:03

A German tourist travels across the world with his family to witness the splendor of the Canadian Rockies. Without warning, a chance encounter and a …

Season 5 - Trailer

January 3rd, 2023

2:52

To understand the impact of a serious crime, you need to sit across from a victim and their loved ones and listen.  

To uncover the truth for the cases I report on, I knock on offenders doors, I ask the tough questions …

Inside Crime Beat- your questions answered | 15

June 14th, 2022

38:47

On the season finale of Crime Beat, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt answers your questions. Join her as she gives you behind-the-scenes insight on the podcast, journalism, and the stories she shares on this …

Hope in the darkness | 14

May 17th, 2022

53:23

On a beautiful September night in 2008, a young couple went out for dinner in downtown Calgary.

They walked through a park on their way home and sat …

If I Can't Have You... (REMASTERED)

May 5th, 2022

40:55

A story of deadly infatuation. Join Nancy Hixt as she explains how a young woman was targeted — simply because she spurned a young man’s advances.

Nadia El-Dib’s family said Nadia had broken things off with Adam …

The scars that don't heal | 13

May 3rd, 2022

34:05

On April 14, 2022, two senior police officers– Sgt. Brian Topham and Cpl. Brandon Tobin received the highest honour that’s bestowed by the RCMP.

The …

Introducing What Happened to the Beirut explosion?

April 19th, 2022

39:53

Elias Tarabay remembers Aug. 4, 2020, clearly. He arrived home after having a late lunch with a friend. He was living in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. His house had a balcony that looked out at the city’s ports.

Mr. Gregory's dark secret | 12

April 5th, 2022

59:16

In the summer of 2020, a listener reached out and asked how Crime Beat stories are selected.

She said she was seeking justice for something that happened to her decades earlier when she was a teenager.

That was the …

The data tells a story | 11

March 22nd, 2022

26:41

On this special episode of Crime Beat, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes you behind the scenes with a crime analyst. Learn how she …

A prayer for Arcelie | 10

March 8th, 2022

56:02

On a cold, snowy winter night in January 2008, an officer was on patrol when a confusing call came in to 911. 

A hardworking mother of five …

Justice for Lacey | 9

February 22nd, 2022

44:33

On a cold, snowy evening in the fall of 2012, a series of 911 calls led Calgary police to multiple scenes.

At one of those locations, investigators …

Inside the interview room | 8

February 8th, 2022

31:33

In movies and TV police interviews with suspects look simple enough, but in reality there’s a lot more to them.

Global News senior crime reporter …

Shattered By A Call | 7

January 25th, 2022

58:01

In the summer of 2018, a young Calgary woman disappeared.

For nearly a week her family held out hope she would be found safe.

Instead, a call to 911 …

Stolen Innocence | 6

January 11th, 2022

44:21

In the middle of the night on Sept. 24, 1981, a two-year-old girl was rescued by police.

She was found outside of a post office in a small town north …

Introducing What Happened to...Ted Williams, the man with the golden voice.

December 28th, 2021

56:20

On this episode of Crime Beat we introduce you to another Global News podcast called What happened to…? where host and reporter Erica Vella ,speaks with Ted Williams and Doral Chenoweth and the 2011, 90-second video, …

The Story is Never Finished | 5

December 14th, 2021

33:01

A heartbreaking anniversary highlights a decade of missed opportunities, a killer tries to fight his conviction – again, and a disgraced doctor faces new charges.

On this special year-end episode senior crime reporter …

Blindsided: The Mylan Hicks story | 4

November 30th, 2021

1:00:06

In the fall of 2016, the CFL season was well underway and the Calgary Stampeders were on fire.

When the Stamps beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sept. 24 of that year, the team set a record winning streak.

After the game, …

'Hunted by evil' Part 3 — Inside the jury

November 16th, 2021

35:34

It’s arguably one of the highest profile multiple murder cases in Canadian history.

Douglas Garland was convicted of the first-degree murder of …

Hunted By Evil Part 2: The Monstrous Acts of Douglas Garland | 2

November 2nd, 2021

1:07:56

On July 4, 2014, four days into an Amber Alert, a suspect was arrested in connection with the disappearance of Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents …

Hunted By Evil Part 1: The story of Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents |1

October 19th, 2021

50:30

In 2014, on the first long weekend of the summer, a Calgary mother went to her parents’ home to pick up her five-year-old son following a sleepover.

Season 4 Trailer

October 12th, 2021

2:21

Over her 25 year career as a crime reporter...each case she's covered stays with her…But...there are some... that haunt her.

They’re heartbreaking and …

Introducing... China Rising

June 22nd, 2021

34:41

Introducing Episode 1 of China Rising - Hostage Diplomacy

On the first episode of China Rising, we examine the Chinese government's practice of …

Behind The Scenes |17

June 1st, 2021

1:05:02

Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Crime Beat.

From digging up stories to writing and putting together this podcast, join Nancy as she explains how it all comes together.

In this …

Scarred but not broken - part two |16

May 18th, 2021

59:00

In the summer of 1999, the RCMP in central Alberta investigated a horrific case involving two children.

A father murdered his little girl and tried to …

Scarred but not broken - part one |15

May 4th, 2021

39:30

On a cool rainy day in the summer of 1999, an old Chevy van was seen speeding on a highway from the backcountry eastbound towards Rocky Mountain …

Tormented by Trauma |14

April 20th, 2021

51:47

In early 2007, a young widowed mother of two was just settling into a bigger home after living for several years in a cramped apartment with her extended family.

Aset Magomadova was looking forward to spring because she …

Sheldon Kennedy and the scars that last a lifetime |13

April 6th, 2021

1:04:17

In the fall of 1996, the Canadian sports world was rocked by a major sex abuse scandal.

NHL player Sheldon Kennedy courageously went forward to police …

The boy with the heart of a lion |12

March 23rd, 2021

57:35

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares a story of one young man’s grit and determination despite a …

Drawing Out a Suspect |11

March 9th, 2021

41:10

It’s a police tactic that uses both science and art.

From Jack the Ripper to outlaws of the wild west-- or even more recently in the case of the …

Narrowing in on a killer - The Kelly Cook Story |10

February 23rd, 2021

43:14

In the summer of 1981, a group of teenagers was out exploring the countryside in southeastern Alberta.

They had stopped to scout a path around a lake …

Violated Care – patients of a disgraced doctor speak out |9

February 9th, 2021

1:01:05

In February 2018, an Alberta woman went to police to file a complaint against a Calgary neurologist.

The woman alleged she was sexually assaulted …

How Carly Survived a Predator |8

January 26th, 2021

47:34

In the spring of 2004, "Carly" was a bright-eyed, smart and bubbly young girl.

The 17-year-old was just months away from finishing high school — but …

When a choice crosses the line - The story of John Clark |7

January 12th, 2021

49:43

In the fall of 2013, a little boy was taken to a Calgary hospital by his parents.

The 14-month-old child was in “severe medical distress.”

Soon after, …

The Evidence Tells a Story |6

December 29th, 2020

42:24

If you watch CSI or crime shows on TV, this special edition of the Crime Beat podcast is a must-listen.

Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at forensic investigations.

She’s joined …

The Girl who became a Warrior |5

December 15th, 2020

1:14:19

In early November 2011, Cherry Ledesma was looking forward to a fresh start.

She was living in temporary housing, run by a social agency while waiting to get into a substance abuse treatment program. 

Ledesma battled …

Introducing: Whatever Happened To...?

December 4th, 2020

11:06

You’ve heard the stories. You’ve felt for the people involved. But what happens after the cameras shut off and the reporters walk away? Just because …

Brooke Clapson and the violence that followed her |4

December 1st, 2020

1:01:22

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of Brooke Clapson and the violence that followed …

The evil and senseless plot against Ray Johnson |3

November 17th, 2020

1:14:57

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of the evil and senseless plot against Ray Johnson.

Introducing... 13 Hours: Inside the Nova Scotia Massacre

November 9th, 2020

11:24

The deadliest shooting spree in Canada’s modern history left us with far more questions than answers. Join Sarah Ritchie, a reporter for Global News …

Stolen second chances: The Jessica Newman story |2

November 3rd, 2020

1:14:41

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of a young mother who’s plans to rebuild her life were tragically interrupted.

March 10, 2015, was a typical Monday for …

Two doors down: the tragic case of Mr. Kelloway |1

October 20th, 2020

48:09

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story that will leave you questioning what horrors you …

Trailer - Season 3

October 6th, 2020

1:37

Nancy Hixt has been a crime reporter for nearly 25 years and in that time she's pretty much seen it all.

Things she never imagined possible, things …

A Crime Beat Update| 21

June 30th, 2020

35:46

Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares new information and insight into cases from the past two seasons in this special episode of Crime Beat.

Update on Daniel's story | 20

June 16th, 2020

37:27

After the release of Crime Beat: Daniel, silenced at 26 days, crime reporter Nancy Hixt received countless messages from listeners who reached out about the case—including many who knew Shelby Herchak, Daniel's mother, …

Daniel, Silenced at 26 days | 19

June 2nd, 2020

56:34

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares a story of a child whose life was silenced, snuffed out and …

The Paths That Choose Us | 18

May 19th, 2020

1:01:52

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of a man who became the victim of a senseless crime and the unfortunate hands life dealt him throughout his life.   

This …

The boy who overcame the odds | 17

May 5th, 2020

54:49

This episode begins with an investigation that rocked Alberta's foster care system.

Garry Prokopishin took in troubled teenage boys: kids with behavioural and substance abuse issues. His foster home was considered a last …

Crime, the Courts, and Covid-19 | 16

April 21st, 2020

44:02

In this episode, Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt, turns to the experts including police, judges and lawyers, to answer your questions about …

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 3 | 15

April 7th, 2020

1:09:02

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt brings us to Part 3 of her special series, the Brentwood five massacre.

This episode takes an in-depth look at what it means to be found …

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 2 | 14

March 24th, 2020

1:13:25

Lawrence Hong, Kaiti Perras, Jordan Segura, Josh Hunter and Zackariah Rathwell were a group of talented young people with promising futures.

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 1 | 13

March 10th, 2020

53:56

On April 14, 2014, a group of friends had a small get-together at their home near the University of Calgary campus in the northwest neighbourhood of Brentwood.

Five young people shared a small, grey-and-blue split-level …

Conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom Barrow | 12

February 25th, 2020

46:16

On this episode Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt is joined by an investigator who’s worked on many of the high profile cases featured on Crime Beat.

In this special conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom …

Natasha Farah's final goodbye | 11

February 11th, 2020

55:15

Nancy Hixt shares a story that highlights how fragile life can be.

On a crisp summer evening in August 2014, a young woman was enjoying a night out with some friends in downtown Calgary.

Natasha Farah, 26, was originally …

The horror that lurks | 10

January 28th, 2020

48:24

In 2002, Lisa was 19 and working several jobs to put herself through university. One of which was at a Calgary tanning salon. Lisa is not her real name. Her identity is protected by a court-imposed publication ban.

She …

The Disappearance of Lisa Mitchell | 9

January 14th, 2020

1:18:16

At 29 years old, Lisa Mitchell had a lot on her plate. Lisa and her common-law husband, Allan Shyback, had two children.

In the fall of 2012, she …

Special Conversation with Christopher Goffard | 8

December 30th, 2019

1:00:05

On this special year-end episode of Crime Beat, Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt is joined by L.A. Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist …

The final homecoming of Lukas Strasser-Hird Part: 2 | 7

December 17th, 2019

1:11:28

18-year-old, Lukas Strasser-Hird had aspirations of becoming a trauma surgeon.

Instead, on November 23, 2013, he laid on an operating table, as a …

The final homecoming of Lukas Strasser-Hird Part: 1 | 6

December 3rd, 2019

59:37

At 18, Lukas Strasser-Hird’s future was bright. After a year studying abroad, he had aspirations to become a doctor.

The day he arrived back in Calgary, he went out with friends to celebrate his homecoming.

It was a fun …

Righting a wrong, the story of Maryam Rashidi | 5

November 19th, 2019

53:30

Maryam Rashidi’s life focused on creating opportunities for her son. 

But in 2015, both Rashidi and her husband were laid off from their jobs in the oil and gas industry.

June 7, 2015, was her fourth shift working at a …

Brittney McInnes, The Concrete Angel | 4

November 5th, 2019

54:34

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story Brittney McInnes, the concrete angel.

At 17 and just …

The Boy Who Fell Through The Cracks | 3

October 22nd, 2019

1:01:22

On this episode of the Global News Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of a young boy who fell through the cracks.

You’ll hear from those who loved Alex Radita, those who fought to keep him alive and …

Darkness In The Pass: Part 2

October 8th, 2019

58:42

It’s a case the family of the victims call a real life horror show.

On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes you through the details of the crimes committed against Terry …

Darkness In The Pass: Part 1

October 8th, 2019

51:49

Two people dead ...and a two year old child gone missing.

A small community in the Rocky Mountains...shattered.

On this episode of the Global News …

Trailer - Season 2

October 1st, 2019

2:04

Season two premieres October 8th.

Ride along with Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt, as she takes you through some of Canada’s most high profile criminal cases, shining a light into the darkness.

Learn more about your ad …

Inside Crime Beat

August 6th, 2019

48:24

Executive Producer Chris Duncombe sits down with Global News crime reporter and host of Crime Beat, Nancy Hixt, for an in depth interview about the podcast and answers audience questions.

Learn more about your ad …

Who killed Sara and Taliyah? - Part 2

July 23rd, 2019

56:51

In July 2016, a Calgary mother, Sara Baillie, was found dead in her home, and her five-year-old daughter, Taliyah Marsman, was missing.

Three days …

The Story of Sara and Taliyah - Part 1

July 9th, 2019

56:59

Crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells the story of an inseparable duo, a young Calgary mother and her little girl.

In July 2016 Sara Baillie was found dead …

The Day Mark Mariani Came Face-to-Face With Evil | 10

June 25th, 2019

1:07:08

On this episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells the story of a man who came face-to-face with pure evil.

Mark Mariani, 47, suffered from Crohn’s disease for more than half of his life.

Sarah Rae: Daddy's Little Girl | 9

June 11th, 2019

54:12

Nancy Hixt tells the story of an unbreakable bond between a Calgary father and daughter.

Sarah Rae was Gord Rae’s only child. In his eyes, the sun …

The Day Ryan Lane Vanished | 8

May 28th, 2019

1:03:55

Nancy Hixt tells the story of a young Calgary father who vanished without a trace.

For several years, Ryan Lane had been involved in a battle to see …

Surviving a Predator | 7

May 14th, 2019

1:08:30

On this episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the devastating impact of a sexual predator.

In 2003, a young Calgary woman was in her own home, when a stranger broke in and attacked …

Kelly Cook: The Back-up Babysitter - Part 2

April 29th, 2019

56:04

On this episode we're bringing you details of the Kelly Cook case that have never been reported before. In 1981, Kelly took a job to babysit for …

Kelly Cook: The Back-up Babysitter - Part 1

April 16th, 2019

1:02:06

On this episode of Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells the story of Kelly Cook, a young girl who was abducted from Standard, Alta., 38 years ago.

Kelly had taken a job babysitting someone new — and then, she was …

Shannon Madill's Last Audition | 4

April 2nd, 2019

1:04:26

Crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells a story of an aspiring actress who mysteriously disappeared from Calgary, Alta., in November 2014.

Shannon Madill had …

If I Can't Have You... | 3

March 19th, 2019

42:08

In this episode we look at a story of deadly infatuation.

Join Nancy Hixt as she explains how a young girl was targeted — simply because she spurned a young man’s advances.

Nadia El-Dib’s family said Nadia had broken …

I Dodged a Bullet | 2

March 4th, 2019

45:11

On this episode of Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes you through the mind blowing twists and turns in Randy Safronovich’s life.

Safronovich jokes that he must have nine lives.

The Sylvan Lake businessman was the …

Meika Jordan, The Broken Princess | 1

March 4th, 2019

1:01:32

On this episode of Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes you through the case--step by step. Follow along as she reveals the shocking behind …

Trailer - Season 1

February 5th, 2019

1:30

People know their hometowns by streets, a favorite restaurant or the local mall. Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt knows hers by the crime scenes she's been to over the past 20 years. Journey deep inside some of Canada’s most …

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