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People know their hometowns by streets, a favourite 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 you details you didn't hear on the news.

Winner of the 2020 & 2023 Edward R. Murrow Award (RTDNA).

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In the middle of a cold snowy night, a Calgary woman woke to the sound of shattered glass. Within minutes the entire home was engulfed in flames. The panicked mother tried to help her two children but was forced to jump from a second story window to save herself. Join Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt as she explains the heroic efforts made by firefighters and the devastating impact of this fire on the entire community in part one of “Incendiary Circumstances.” Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You’ve seen them on true crime TV shows and movies, forensic pathologists, medical examiners, and coroners have a firm foothold in popular culture. But what is forensic pathology and how does it differ from the others? On this special episode of Crime Beat, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt gives you an exclusive look inside the medical examiner's office. Find out what it takes, the challenges and how real is what you see on TV? Learn how an autopsy tells a story from a forensic pathologist who has worked all over North America. Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In early 2002, the body of a 21-year-old woman was found in a rural area about an hour’s drive south of Calgary. Adrienne McColl had been murdered and investigators worked around the clock to gather evidence in the hopes of catching her killer. Despite their best efforts, the case went cold. But officers never forgot about the case. Follow along as senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the lengthy and heartbreaking journey Adrienne's family took on the long road to justice. Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On a breezy winter day in February of 2002, in southern Alberta, a rancher was moving some cattle along a rural road when he came across a disturbing sight in a ditch. As he got closer he was able to confirm it was a body. At the same time, an hour’s drive North, in Calgary, family and friends of Adrienne McColl had no idea the heartbreaking news they were about to get– and the long road to justice they were about to embark on. Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On January 16th, 2006 financier Jack Beauchamp was shot six times and left for dead on his office floor. Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the conclusion of how investigators unravelled this shocking murder mystery. Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On January 16th, 2006 financier Jack Beauchamp grabbed a coffee and went to work in his downtown Calgary office. Minutes later he was fighting for his life. He had been shot six times and left for dead on his office floor. Senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of how grieving co-workers helped police identify a suspect. And how the case took an unexpected turn when evidence pointed to someone else. Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s been ten years since one of the darkest days in Calgary’s history- On the anniversary of the biggest mass killing to ever happen in the city, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the frustration the families of the five victims are feeling and why they’re pushing for changes in current legislation. Learn where the man found not criminally responsible in the case is living now, the freedoms he’s pushing for and how Canada’s top court is involved in it all. Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Out of the dark | 3

Out of the dark | 3

2024-03-2640:583

In the summer of 2006, a young Calgary woman was on top of the world. She had a supportive family, amazing friends and a great job. But life as she knew it came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the night on August 6, 2006. In this episode, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares details of a violent attack- a story that’s every woman’s worst fear. www.calgarycrimestoppers.org - reference case # 06274598 https://newsroom.calgary.ca/sexual-assault-case-from-2006-has-new-lead/ Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the late 1970s and early ‘80s a sexual predator stalked Calgarians. At the same time, homicide detectives used cutting edge strategies to track a child killer. What no one realized, was that the two cases were connected. Global News Senior Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt shares how a tip from one brave little girl changed the direction of the entire investigation and the unexpected twist the case took years later. Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In late 1970’s and early 80’s a sexual predator was on the loose. Two little girls had heard about the man dubbed the “Southwest Calgary Rapist” but they never imagined they would cross paths with him while riding their bikes one hot sunny day. At the same time, homicide detectives were investigating the death of a five-year old girl who disappeared on her way to kindergarten. Learn the unprecedented steps officers took and the haunting connection between the two cases as Global News' Senior Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt shares “The hunt for a predator.” Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For most of us, crime is something we see on the news…in movies…or hear about on a podcast. We never think it could happen to us…Until it does.  Loved ones are gone…and for the survivors…the scars will never heal. Nancy Hixt has been a crime reporter for Global News for nearly 30 years and on Season 6 of her podcast, Crime Beat she'll give you exclusive access to the cases she's worked– on from the interview room to the courtroom.   Join her for Season 6 of Crime Beat coming February 27th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the spring of 2022, chaos erupted in southeast Calgary. There were reports of two erratic drivers, followed by a shooting. Moments later, a violent collision. Angela McKenzie, a mother of five, died at the scene. Join Nancy Hixt, senior crime reporter for Global News as she explains what led to the senseless crash and the hunt for the person believed to be responsible.  Talal Amer is wanted on a Canada warrant for manslaughter, attempted murder and several firearms offences. He is 30 years old, 5 foot 11, 230lbs with brown eyes. He was last seen with black hair and is known to change his appearance by growing a beard or changing up his facial hair. You can see Amer’s photo at https://boloprogram.org/ If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of Talal Amer you can call Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 there’s a reward of up to 50 thousand dollars which can also be collected anonymously.  If you’re inclined and able to help the Mckenzie family there is a gofundme set up for her children.  https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-angela-mckenzie Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On a cool spring evening in 2022, chaos erupted as police received reports of two erratic drivers and then gunfire. One of the vehicles fled the shooting scene at high speed and moments later was involved in a violent and deadly crash. Senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of a mother of five whose life was senselessly taken and the hunt for the man responsible. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The widespread impact of a deadly gang war continues to be felt to this day. On this episode of Crime Beat, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of one casualty of a war he wasn’t involved in Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1:41 of Terror  | 12

1:41 of Terror | 12

2023-06-2748:02

A Central Alberta family arrived home from a long weekend away and noticed something was suspicious as they pulled into their driveway. Upon entering the home, there was a shocking discovery. Join Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt as she shares the story of one man’s harrowing brush with death. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the middle of the night two officers knock on a young woman’s door, they were there to alert her – that the man who raped her more than twenty years earlier was AWOL. Join Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt…as she shares how a survivor of a violent sexual assault –continues to be victimized more than two decades later. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Deadly Betrayal | 10

A Deadly Betrayal | 10

2023-05-3052:09

On a cold, snowy day in January of 2006, a man scouring for bottles in downtown Calgary dumpsters made a grisly discovery marking the starting point of a true whodunnit. Police followed a trail of forensic evidence uncovering a web of deceit created by the criminal to cover his tracks. Join Global News senior crime reporter as she shares details of a deadly betrayal and the unsettling truth that’s left the victim’s family devastated. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1992, Dilleen Hempel had just married the love of her life, moved into a new home and started a new job. But on her way home from her second-shift, the 26-year-old vanished. On this episode of Crime Beat as Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the panic and confusion her family faced and the painstaking efforts taken to find her. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Terrie Ann Dauphinais, a young Metis woman, is found dead in her home. Her three children are discovered locked inside two bedrooms and a closet. Her death was deemed a homicide but no charges were ever laid and the case went cold. On this episode of Crime Beat, Global News senior crime reporter shares how decades later, new developments in the investigation led to a dramatic turn of events. But would it be enough to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt? Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Crossfire Part 2  | 5

The Crossfire Part 2 | 5

2023-03-2142:401

A war between two rival gangs in Calgary left 25 dead in less than a decade. Deep seeded hatred for their rivals fueled the deadly battle. Over a decade the animosity between the “FK’s and FOB’s” gangs grew– as did their illicit activity. On this episode of Crime Beat, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the unique strategies police implemented to try and quell the violence. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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1980newfiegirl

I'm heart broken listening to this story. Such a sad story.

May 8th
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PJ

The people who give these offenders passes and parole should also have to live next door to them.

Mar 12th
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Ch3No2

Canada is whacked when it comes to their laws and prison sentencing.

Mar 12th
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Ch3No2

Randy is one tough dude

Mar 7th
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Ch3No2

That story made this old "tuff" thick skinned biker tear up a little bit. How do people hurt a child?

Mar 7th
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Melissa

Yay! glad y'all are coming back!

Feb 16th
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PJ

I'm so excited!

Feb 13th
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Feb 4th
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JW Steeves

He did the right thing. There wouldn't be a jury anywhere that would find him guilty.. Tragic situation..

Dec 15th
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ID16588570

What happened to Jeff?

Oct 27th
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Matt Adams

Oh god the end of this episode just broke me. Jeff sounded like an absolute saint

Sep 10th
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Lahela

Too much tragedy for these kids. I hope Sylvia is getting the support she needs.

Aug 21st
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Abbas Ehsangar

I got shocked when you said Jeff past away....how many times a family has to endure pain like this 💔😭😭

Aug 20th
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PJ

This episode hurt my heart. So much tragedy on the shoulders of these poor people. 💔

Aug 8th
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PJ

What a terrifying experience! He's clearly not dealing with a person who is in his right mind.

Jun 27th
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Lisa Saunders-Heavens

Can I please ask when part 2 will be out for the episode The Second Shift. Thank you

Jun 14th
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Jocelyn Allan

heartbreaking

Apr 15th
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Jocelyn Allan

Remind me to never go out for Vietnamese food, in Calgary!

Mar 30th
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Mike Richter

Canada Awesome place to be a criminal!!

Mar 14th
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꧁WupperElfe꧂

I'm from Germany, too, and have been in Canada several times - it's roughly half the size of Saskatchewan, with over 80M people 😏 no wonder that we love Canada...all these open spaces and stunning natural beauty.

Jan 24th
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