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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 you details you didn't hear on the news.  New episodes every other week
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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 brings us to Part 2 of her special series, the Brentwood five massacre. What started out as a party to mark the end of classes at the University of Calgary ended in a horrific tragedy. It happened quickly and without warning. In less than a minute the five victims were stabbed in the biggest mass killing in Calgary’s history. Police arrived on the scene less than five minutes after the first call to 911. To add to the complexity of the case, investigators quickly learned the suspect was the son of one of their own. The accused was the 22-year-old son of a veteran, high ranking officer with the Calgary Police Service and would soon be charged with five counts of first-degree murder. But what led to such a horrific and violent attack?  Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 house on a quiet block on Butler Crescent. The house was a well-known rental for university students that many affectionately called the “Butler Mansion.” It was a relatively small gathering, with many of those invited having gone to junior high or high school together. The rest knew each other from university.  It was an amazing group of young people that included an accomplished dancer, an aspiring urban planner, two talented musicians, and a young man who was well on his way to becoming a humanitarian. For the most part, the mood of the party was laid back and relaxed. No one could have predicted the terrifying turn the night would take and how quickly it would all unravel. It was a day that left a scar on the soul of the city -- the biggest mass killing in Calgary’s history. On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt looks the Brentwood five massacre.
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 Barrow, the veteran officer opens up in a raw, intimate way, and provides new insight into the demons that continue to haunt him. Listen to this episode now for exclusive behind the scenes details on several cases we’ve covered on the show and ones we’ll be profiling in the coming months.
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 from Toronto, but came to Calgary a year earlier for work and to further her education. That night, Farah was feeling especially nostalgic and had a long heart-to-heart with her best friend and also called her mother back home in Toronto. Neither of them realized how precious those talks would later become. That night, the group of friends stayed right until closing time, and after that, they kept visiting out front of the club, not wanting the night to end. That’s when gunfire erupted. A series of shots were fired into the air — and then into the crowd. One of those bullets hit and killed Farah – an innocent bystander. Witnesses watched as the gunman took off in a getaway car. Follow along to learn how detectives and forensic crime scene investigators worked together to track the killer.
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 is smart and a hard worker, and it appeared she made a good impression on the owners of the salon. After just a couple of months, she was offered an incredible opportunity -- the chance to manage her own store. She was asked to meet with the owner’s nephew one evening after work to go over details of the job.  That meeting seemed to go smoothly until right before she was about to leave.  Learn the shocking details of the night that left her paralyzed with fear – and hear why Lisa has been forced to relive the trauma over and over again. On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the story of a young woman who was presented with a golden opportunity -- instead, it would tarnish her whole life. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 juggled two jobs to try to make ends meet and provide for her family.  Then one day-- she disappeared-- leaving her common-law husband and two children behind.  The only clues were a few short emails and a cryptic voicemail to her mother. For more than two years, her mother held out hope Lisa would return. On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the shocking twist this case took. Follow along as investigators work to uncover the mystery behind Lisa's disappearance. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 Christopher Goffard, who is the reporter and host of two podcasts, Dirty John and Detective Trapp. Nancy and Christopher pull back the curtain on crime reporting in a way that only two people who have covered this beat can. They talk crime and justice, and provide a look at how two journalists work to uncover the truth.
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 trauma surgeon worked to try and save his life. He was out at a nightclub, celebrating his return from a year studying abroad, when he became the victim of a savage attack. It took mere minutes for a group of guys to swarm him. He was kicked, stabbed and beaten beyond recognition. It was so hard to comprehend how this happened to Lukas-- and over what? All he did was defend a stranger. Police had their work cut out for them-- with so many involved in the attack... it was a daunting task. To make matters worse...the savage swarming was not captured on surveillance video… Would there ever be justice for Lukas? On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt concludes her two-part series, and follows along as his family was dealt a series of debilitating blows in their search for justice in his case. Follow the emotional rollercoaster Lukas’ loved ones have been on for more than six years.
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 night, until last-call. No one could have predicted how dangerous the situation was about to become. It’s a story that will leave you questioning what the person next to you at a bar is capable of. On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt begins a two-part series on a case that devastated a Calgary family. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 Calgary gas station — a job she took to make ends meet. That morning, Rashidi said goodbye to her husband and son, and went to work — the last time they would get to talk to her. Just hours later, they would learn Rashidi was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She’d been run over while trying to stop a gas-and-dash. Follow the twists and turns this case took and hear from the offender himself, who chose to run Rashidi over rather than pay for $113 worth of fuel. In this episode, you’ll also hear the far-reaching the impact this crime has had. If you enjoy Crime Beat, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 months from graduation, McInnes had her whole life ahead of her. But in January 2010, the Calgary teen disappeared. Police were called to investigate, but the search came up empty. Hours later, Brittney’s family discovered her body. Follow along as police unraveled the web of lies her killer had created, and hear his confession—audio that’s never been made public before. In this episode, you’ll also learn details of further allegations in this case. If you enjoy Crime Beat, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 healthy, and those who fought for justice in his case. And for the first time, you’ll hear a recorded interview with Alex himself — who knew what he needed most to save his life. In May 2013, police were called to a home in northwest Calgary for reports of a teenage boy in medical distress. Nothing could have prepared first responders for what they found. Alex was found unconscious, lying in a bed in an upstairs room of his home. He was skin and bones. He had no useable teeth and was covered in dozens of ulcers and sores. The 15-year-old was wearing a diaper and weighed just 37 pounds. Despite all efforts by paramedics to resuscitate Alex, it was too late. The Calgary police homicide unit began investigating and what they found was that Alex’s death was not only completely preventable, but it was murder. More than a decade before he died, doctors and RCMP investigators in B.C. predicted this would happen to Alex if he wasn’t provided proper medical treatment for his Type 1 diabetes.  
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 Blanchette and his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar Blanchette.   Follow along as we reveal evidence investigators uncovered, and an exclusive interview with the mother of the triple-murderer in this case. Her life has been shattered by her son’s actions.
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 podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes you through one of the most disturbing cases she’s covered – one which the family of the victims call a real life horror show.
Trailer - Season 2

Trailer - Season 2

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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.
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 later, an Amber Alert came to a heartbreaking end when the little girl was found dead. On this episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes a look at who killed Sara and Taliyah. Hours after Taliyah’s body was recovered, police announced a man was charged in the case. Edward Downey was accused of two counts of first-degree murder. Sara and Taliyah’s family was left with so many questions. The man accused of this incomprehensible crime wasn’t even on the family’s radar. Why would Downey kill Sara, let alone her child? For more details on the case check this out https://wp.me/p2Y4rw-nJ4M If you enjoy Crime Beat, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 in her house, and her five-year-old daughter was missing. Police issued an Alberta-wide Amber Alert, and the frantic search for the little girl began. Family held out hope Taliyah would be found alive, but three days later, her body was found in bushes outside the city limits. Follow along as police hunt for a killer and the shocking twist their investigation took. Part 1 of Sara and Taliyah’s story is available now in episode eleven of Crime Beat. If you enjoy Crime Beat, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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. On Oct. 1, 2010, Mark was given new hope, thanks to medical advancements. Doctors told him he might not need his colostomy bag anymore. The next night, he headed to his favourite western bar to do some two-steppin’ and meet up with friends. It was the following morning when Mark’s family received a call from police. Mark was found dead in a Calgary strip mall parking lot — his keys, wallet and cell phone were found in a nearby alley. Follow along as homicide detectives investigate the murder of Mark Mariani, and unravel the shocking reason why he was killed.
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 would rise and set on her. Their special daddy-daughter bond only grew as Sarah got older. Then, on Aug. 3, 2008, a stranger showed up at Gord’s doorstep. It was a Calgary police homicide detective. Sarah, 24, had been murdered. Sarah’s boyfriend, Travis Martel, found her body in the home he shared with his mother. He told police he owed a large gambling debt and that’s likely why Sarah was killed. Follow the twists and turns, including the shocking discovery of a graphic and disturbing video that led police to solve the case. Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca
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 his daughter. After a breakup with the child’s mother, it became more and more difficult for Lane to see the little girl. Then, in February 2012, he was granted a court-ordered visit and reunited with his four-year-old daughter for the first time in two years. The daddy and daughter spent time eating, playing and laughing together at Chuck E. Cheese. It was one of the happiest days of Lane’s life. That night, Lane Skyped with one of his closest friends and shared videos of the playdate. Just before midnight, that chat was interrupted when Lane got a call from a phone booth. He rushed out to meet the caller at a nearby strip mall. That was the last time Lane was ever seen. Calgary police detectives used every possible investigative strategy to try and find Lane. Find out what happened to Lane, and the senseless tragedy his family has had to deal with in episode eight of “Crime Beat.”
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Comments (73)

Amanda w

what an amazing young man to touch some many lives and his sister is a strong young lady. hope the best for this family. so tragic

Mar 17th
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I Hope Someone Relates

That police call. lol... jeez... that guy.

Mar 12th
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Steve Dronzewski

I knew it was Josh as soon as I heard "open relationship".

Mar 9th
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Steve Dronzewski

This guy needs to buy a lottery ticket.

Mar 7th
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Steve Dronzewski

So glad I found out about this pod! It's one of my top 5 and I am only on episode 3 season 1

Mar 7th
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Manu

what a great podcast!!!

Feb 28th
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M

💔💔💔

Feb 21st
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Richard Kruger

RIP Lucas

Feb 19th
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Brendo Parkyn

Such a horrible crime...

Feb 14th
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Royal Ottmar

once again, I love that podcasts and the presentation. I hate the liberal Canadian justice system. How a monster can attack and rape women and allowed to get a slap on the hand, is terrible. he should be gelded or should Roy in prison. Lisa is a brave lady

Feb 1st
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Jack Lopez Sr.

So Sad

Feb 1st
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Jack Lopez Sr.

Bastards... Hope you both rot in hell

Jan 30th
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Kenjikojo Mashi

this is one of the most encapsulating and immersive podcasts I listen to. it is a real rollercoaster of emotions with stories full of love and horror. we all try to live in a bubble and this show illuminates what can happen when bad luck, chance or simply being in the wrong place can result in consequences that most people cannot even imagine. have your tissues ready.

Jan 29th
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Kenjikojo Mashi

this is one of the most encapsulating and immersive podcasts I listen to. it is a real rollercoaster of emotions with stories full of love and horror. we all try to live in a bubble and this show illuminates what can happen when bad luck, chance or simply being in the wrong place can result in consequences that most people cannot even imagine. have your tissues ready.

Jan 29th
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Kenjikojo Mashi

this is one of the most encapsulating and immersive podcasts I listen to. it is a real rollercoaster of emotions with stories full of love and horror. we all try to live in a bubble and this show illuminates what can happen when bad luck, chance or simply being in the wrong place can result in consequences that most people cannot even imagine. have your tissues ready.

Jan 29th
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Deanna Doucette

I am a former Airdrienite and devotedly watched the Global 6 o clock news each night. It was a pleasant surprise to see your podcast while searching for a true crime podcast, I cannot get enough. I saw you reporting on the major crimes in Calgary and I am thoroughly enjoying learning how you report crime so eliquintly. Great job Nancy!

Jan 18th
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Christine L

such good storytelling and Nancy's voice is so perfect to me! also love the inside look at investigative techniques and procedures. very cool!

Jan 18th
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Denise Coleman

best podcast going. luv. luv.luv.

Jan 16th
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Louise Roberts

So much of the personal details of this case is extremely heartbreaking. Myself, having children this age I know often friends take priority. I am that parent whom would say, yes hang out with your friends first what's another day? We will see you tomorrow! After listening to this podcast episode that is no longer my thoughts. A detail that a Parent of a young adult who's child is still best friends with friends he has known his whole life and not seeing them for a year wouldn't understand. My 19 year old son had been away for just over a year in Vancouver. He was coming home for Christmas and I insisted I was going to be the one picking him up at the airport particularly because of this episode. I had discussed this with my husband and another person whom we both listen to Crime Beat and discuss the cases afterwards. If I could share a screen shot on December 19th, I would, "After listening to that episode NEVER will I be that parent again!!! I'm picking Mark up at the Airport on Sunday. I'm seeing him FIRST no matter what... it's been over a year". I did indeed pick my son up at the airport and was THE first to see him. I brought him straight to his twin sister and other family. We all go the opportunity to see Mark THEN he got the opportunity to see his friends. His Dad and I got a call in the middle of the night that Mark was in the hospital. My son was beaten up pretty severely. He was at a club with his friends and he walked to the bathroom with one of them. While his friend was in the bathroom he tried to be friendly with a few other kids his age. They explained they were not friends and as my son attempted to walk away he was grabbed, held down then punched and kicked repeatedly. Bouncers broke them up and sent ALL of them outside including my son without a friend. He was alone, hurt and bloody amongst four aggressors. My son fortunately saw an opportunity and jumped into an awaiting cab whom brought him to the hospital. This could have been so much worse and I am thankful it wasn't. I am also extremely thankful I saw my child first and because of the heartbreak of this family I did. I believe there should be more standards and rules in place for procedures security takes at these establishments. In my son's situation they just wanted the aggresive behavior out of the club regardless of there being a victim. Since talking to others about this with others including young people this is a regular occurrence. This must change!

Jan 14th
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Andrei Toma

this is one of the best True Crime podcast you could ever listen to!

Jan 14th
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