Episodes
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 to reveal he suffered years of abuse at the hands of his childhood coach, Graham James. When Kennedy broke his silence, it started an important conversation around sexual assault and opened the door for others to do the same. In 1997, James pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two former players -- including Kennedy. He admitted to sexually...
Published 04/06/21
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 massive loss.  On Jan. 25, 2012, police were called to a residential community in downtown Calgary. They found a man lying outside of a home.  Gatleak Thor Metkurjock, 20, was breathing but unconscious. His face was swollen, he had blood by his nose and mouth, and he had hypothermia. Metkurjock was rushed to hospital by ambulance but died the...
Published 03/23/21
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 Golden state killer-- for hundreds of years, investigators have used sketches to try and identify offenders.  Many early drawings were fairly crude and often they were more like artist renditions of what evil looked like versus accurate depictions of what witnesses saw.  Over years experts have fine-tuned their techniques and even now police...
Published 03/09/21
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 when they came across something that would haunt them even four decades later. There was a body on the shoreline, and immediately they knew it wasn’t an accidental drowning. A female was face down, bound by ropes to cinder blocks.  The teens flagged down a boater and asked him to call police. Several days later, they learned the young woman...
Published 02/23/21
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Published 02/09/21
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 for the moment, she was focused on her friends and making good memories. Carly is not her real name. Her identity is protected by a court-imposed publication ban. On March 26, 2004, she got off school early, which was typical for a Friday. That day she had an uneasy feeling that she couldn’t shake. But she also couldn’t explain it. She hung...
Published 01/26/21
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, he was transferred by ambulance to the nearby Children’s Hospital where he suffered a cardiac arrest. Multiple trauma doctors and specialists saw and treated John. He was put on an IV and placed on a ventilator, but hours later he went into a second cardiac arrest. On Nov. 29, 2013, at 12:47 p.m. — less than 24 hours after his parents first...
Published 01/12/21
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 by Sgt. Jodi Arns, an expert in bloodstain pattern analysis with the Calgary Police Service. Follow along as she explains the critical role the forensic crime scenes unit plays in solving cases, including the ones we share on this podcast. If you enjoy Crime Beat, please...
Published 12/29/20
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 addictions most of her life and had been in treatment before but this time she was determined to make it work. The mother of five was very close with her kids. They regularly called and often stopped by to see her. But for a couple days that month, no one could reach her. She...
Published 12/15/20
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 a story disappears from the news doesn’t mean it’s gone. So whatever happened to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima? or the trapped Chilean Miners? And did anything actually come out of the Ice Bucket Challenge? Join Global News reporter, Erica Vella on this unique history podcast as she takes you inside these stories and talks to the people at...
Published 12/04/20
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 her. As a child, Brooke was a ray of sunshine in her mother’s life. But there was a dark shadow of domestic abuse that loomed over their home that left scars on the young girl that she could never erase. As a teen, the expression “you live what you learn” played out in her life after she started dating Jerime Mallette. Mallette was two years...
Published 12/01/20
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. Johnson was a kind and generous soul, the kind of man who would give the shirt off of his back to someone in need. He was an antiques and collectibles dealer and had a table at a Calgary flea market. In January of 2009 he celebrated his 77th birthday, and enjoyed daily routines that included coffee every morning to start his day with his...
Published 11/17/20
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 in Halifax, as she tries to unravel how something like this could happen there. Sarah will take you through every hour, as it unfolded and together you’ll try and piece together what happened, what could or should’ve been done to prevent it and what we can learn to make sure a tragedy of this magnitude never happens again.  13 Hours: Inside the...
Published 11/09/20
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 Jessica Newman. Her boyfriend took her home that morning after a weekend together at his place. Later that afternoon, her roommate dropped her off at a Calgary bar and grill so she could work the night shift. Her roommate expected to hear her come home around 10 that...
Published 11/03/20
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 can encounter-- just two doors down. May 4, 2013 was a beautiful spring day in Calgary. In one suburb, new neighbours met for the first time and decided to get together for a barbeque and drinks. It was a memorable night filled with good conversation and laughter… There’s a lasting reminder of that evening,  a photo of the two men with their...
Published 10/20/20
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 she never believed one human would do to     another. On Season 3 of Crime Beat she'll share stories that can only be described as mind-blowing and with so many twists and turns they're hard to believe they’re fact, not fiction.  Real crimes… Real people …Real journalism   Crime Beat season three begins October 20. See omnystudio.com/listener...
Published 10/06/20
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. Listen to updates and insights to the following cases: If I can’t have you no one can  - https://www.nadiashopefoundation.com/ The boy who overcame the odds The final homecoming of Lukas Strasser-Hird The boy who fell through the cracks Concrete Angel Darkness in the Pass The Brentwood five massacre Contact: Twitter:...
Published 06/30/20
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, at that time. In an update to this story--we share with you a new perspective on baby Daniel’s story--from another person who has been impacted by his death.  Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: [email protected]
Published 06/16/20
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 case began, in the spring of 2014, when the co-manager of a Calgary Walmart was closing up shop and getting ready to head home. As he walked out to the parking lot with several coworkers, they spotted a man on a nearby bench who looked to be in medical distress. A closer...
Published 05/19/20
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 resort for teens who had nowhere else to go. Those boys described having all the freedom in the world at the Prokopishin’s. They were allowed to smoke, they could have friends over, party, go out and not get in trouble. Prokopishin also took them out for dinner and drinks...
Published 05/05/20
In this episode, Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt, turns to the experts including police, judges and lawyers, to answer your questions about crime, the courts and COVID-19 -- and what it all means for your safety. The novel coronavirus has affected all of us. Many have lost loved ones, businesses have closed, thousands have lost their jobs. People are asked to stay home wherever possible, to self-isolate and to maintain social distancing. With that, there are added strains on many...
Published 04/21/20
On this episode of the Global News podcastCrime 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 not criminally responsible (NCR) in Canada. Carol de Delley understands the anguish of what NCR can mean for the family of a victim, as few others can. She lost her son, Timothy McLean, in one of the most high profile cases in Canadian history where the killer was found...
Published 04/07/20
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...
Published 03/24/20
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...
Published 03/10/20