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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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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.  
Darkness In The Pass: Part 2

Darkness In The Pass: Part 2

2019-10-0800:54:0718

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.
Darkness In The Pass: Part 1

Darkness In The Pass: Part 1

2019-10-0800:46:5119

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

2019-10-0100:02:041

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
The Day Ryan Lane Vanished | 8

The Day Ryan Lane Vanished | 8

2019-05-2800:59:2316

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.”
Surviving a Predator | 7

Surviving a Predator | 7

2019-05-1401:03:3519

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 her. She was bound, raped, beaten and threatened. Six months later, it happened again. A second woman, sexually assaulted in her own home, just blocks from where the first woman was attacked. The details were so similar — both women were sexually assaulted in their own homes by a violent stranger. Police knew it was the same offender. A serial rapist was preying on young women. For investigators, it was a race against time to try and catch this monster before he could strike again. The tactics used to try to catch this rapist will likely surprise you. And for the first time, hear from one of the people impacted most by the horrific actions of this sex offender. Follow the story of the “Beltline Rapist” in episode seven 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 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 someone new named Bill Christensen. The 15-year-old was never seen alive again.What most people don’t know is that Kelly was not the killer’s first choice. She was the “backup babysitter.” Christensen's first choice was a 17-year-old girl. In the small rural community of Standard, in southern Alberta, the 17-year-old received a call from Christensen, but she already had plans so she turned him down. Christensen then asked the girl for names of other babysitters in the area. One of the names she gave was Kelly Cook. That original target, who we’ll refer to as Stacey, has never spoken to a journalist about what happened — until now. Global News is not using Stacey’s real name, as she continues to fear for her safety. Thirty-eight years later, and the case continues to impacted every aspect of her life and will continue to until the killer is caught. Police continue to investigate the case but are still waiting for the tip they need to solve it. If you know anything that can help police as they investigate Kelly's homicide, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. 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 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 gone. Her body was found June 28, 1981 in an irrigation canal south of Taber. Investigators said it was obvious someone had gone through a lot of work to make sure Kelly would never be found, but a drought in the area had lowered the water level and revealed her weighed-down body. The case turned into a homicide investigation and the manhunt for a killer began. Join Nancy Hixt as she takes you through the abduction and murder of Kelly Cook: what leads investigators have looked at and why it’s become a cold 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
Crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells a story of an aspiring actress who mysteriously disappeared from Calgary, Alta., in November 2014. Shannon Madill had everything going for her. She had just landed an audition for a role in a television series, and was looking forward to moving from Calgary to Edmonton. That audition was recorded on video. Hours later she vanished. It was only when Shannon missed a planned dinner with her older brother that her family realized she was missing and called police. By then, she was already gone for several days. Her parents, siblings and husband stood side by side in front of the media at Calgary Police Headquarters to make a plea for help in finding her, and at one point, spoke directly to Shannon. Investigators looked into her cell phone, medical and banking records, but all leads came up empty. The days turned into months. Police tried to prepare the Madill family for all possible outcomes. Seven months later, the case took a shocking turn. The disturbing details are revealed in an interview with police. This Crime Beat episode is the first time those recordings are being made public. Find out what happened to Shannon Madill following her final audition in episode four of Crime Beat.   If you enjoy Crime Beat, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, 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
If I Can't Have You... | 3

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

2019-03-1900:37:0619

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 things off with Adam Bettahar, and her body was found in a Calgary woman’s backyard March 25, 2018. She was stabbed dozens of times and shot twice. Police called her death an “execution.” Anyone needing help with violence or abuse in an intimate relationship is encouraged to reach out for help by calling Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network at 403 -237-5888 (Toll Free: 1-877-237-5888), the 24-hour Family Violence Helpline at 403-234-SAFE (7233), or 211. 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
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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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Louise Roberts

How AMAZING was it that you could get an interview with THE Christopher Goffard. I felt he was very much interviewing Nancy as she was him. The experience in crime reporting between the two Journalist is extremely interesting in how they present these cases/stories.

Jan 2nd
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Jennifer Brushett

Wondering if you have a suggestion for canadian true crime podcast in other areas of the country? or if you could work with another global reporter to do stories from other provinces? I live in the east and all except one of your stories I listened to so far have been from Alberta. Love the podcast! would just like more variety if possible

Dec 30th
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T. Hu

A kind young good Samaritan dies in such brutal and senseless way is taking away my faith in humanity. For the legal system to take so long and so much to put only some but not all who were responsible in prison dealt another blow to my faith.

Dec 20th
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Mike Richter

unfortunately this what happens in a socialist country!

Dec 17th
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Royal Ottmar

once again Canadian Justice saddens me. out of prison next year? no wonder the legal system is laughed at

Nov 26th
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Royal Ottmar

:( I am all caught up

Nov 25th
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Anita Simaganis

I have to psych myself up to listen to your podcasts and I'm a true crime junkie. I hate that they were abused I truly do. I hope this podcast let everyone know who he truly was.

Nov 23rd
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Rebecca May

This story is so touching- I truly hope those offenders stay locked up! My heart goes out to the family that had to go through something so heart breaking

Nov 17th
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Tami-Lynn Matheson

So well done.

Nov 10th
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Marian Baer

I hear that song every Sunday😢❤

Nov 7th
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Quazi Sharmin Bonny

love the podcast. I am so glad that I have found it. Neat presentation.

Nov 6th
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Nicole Spence

Nancy i LOVE your podcast! you are so easy to listen to.

Nov 5th
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Melanie Marie-Jahnke Manning

how was he not considered criminally insane? wow.

Oct 29th
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Angie Langie

That was really hard to listen to. I had no idea of some of those gory details 😟

Oct 17th
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Royal Ottmar

I just listened to the one about the good man stomped to death by two neo-nazis and they get 10 and 13 years in prison? then they can get parole? the family's of that innocent man will have to go before the parole board and relive it, for the rest of their lives :( Canada's legal system is horrible

Oct 15th
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Royal Ottmar

I love this podcast:) I can not believe how lenient the Canadian courts are though. An animal murders his girlfriend, videos it and gets a 14 years in prison for it, then possible parole? that is just wrong. another thing the producers of this show should be aware of is the volume of the sound. as she is interviewing someone, I am constantly turning the volume up and down, as the speaker changes from one person to the other. Distracting as heck when I am driving and painful with earphones Great podcast though :)

Oct 14th
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Ashley Streets

Obsessed with this podcast. I listen to sooo many and this is by far my favourite. You are so detailed and professional yet sympathetic and easy to relate to. My only negative comment is that I need more episodes ASAP 😂

Sep 30th
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