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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.

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

Crime Beat Curiouscast

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 127 Ratings

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.

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

    Scarred but not broken - part one |15

    Scarred but not broken - part one |15

    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 House, Alta.

    There was a large piece of canvas attached to the bumper and it dragged behind the van.

    A short time later, the vehicle pulled into the ambulance bay at the Rocky Mountain House hospital.

    A man went in and identified himself as Brian Hogg.

    He was covered in blood and had lacerations to both of his wrists.

    Hogg asked the doctor to check on his son, who was still in the van.

    A little boy was found seated in the front passenger seat. He had blood on his neck, face, chest, arms and legs. His throat was cut, but he was responsive.

    The seven-year-old was rushed into the emergency room.

    But he wasn’t the only child inside the van.

    There was a little girl, unresponsive, on top of some sleeping bags.

    The doctor who made the horrific discovery noted the two-year-old was cold to the touch.

    She had no vital signs when was rushed into the emergency room and was later pronounced deceased by the local medical examiner.

    The case was now considered a homicide.

    In part one of this two-part series of Crime Beat, Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares how this senseless crime continues to impact the officers who investigated the case.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

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    • 34 min
    Tormented by Trauma |14

    Tormented by Trauma |14

    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 finally had a backyard and was going to plant a garden.

    The family came to Calgary as refugees from war-torn Chechnya where they experienced imprisonment, homelessness, severe injuries and loss.

    Arriving in Canada brought new hope. This was the place her dreams were supposed to come true.

    But on a cold snowy day in February 2007, all those plans came to an abrupt end. 

    In the latest episode of the Global News podcast, Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt highlights the importance of knowing the full story before rushing to judgment because we never know what people have gone through.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Sheldon Kennedy and the scars that last a lifetime |13

    Sheldon Kennedy and the scars that last a lifetime |13

    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 assaulting the boys hundreds of times.

    Since then, according to the Parole Board of Canada, there are six victims named on his record but the board notes he’s “admitted to have had sexual intercourse with around 20 hockey players he was coaching ... using manipulation, control and his position of trust and authority to facilitate the assaults.”

    One of the other hockey players James has admitted to sexually assaulting, is former NHL star Theo Fleury.

    In this episode of the Global News podcast, Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares the stories of four men who James abused as boys. Learn the shocking details of how signs were ignored -- so were outright requests for help from hockey officials.

    These men now work every day to empower victims and take control back from their abusers. Hear their inspiring stories in “the scars that last a lifetime.”

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 59 min
    The boy with the heart of a lion |12

    The boy with the heart of a lion |12

    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 next day.

    An autopsy showed he died from blunt force trauma.

    Meanwhile, across town, the events of that night would change the life of another young man forever.

    Learn the shocking tragedies and obstacles that led up to this fateful night — and how those events have shaped the boy with the heart of a lion.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 52 min
    Drawing Out a Suspect |11

    Drawing Out a Suspect |11

    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 agencies all over the world use sketches when they don’t know who committed the crime -- when there’s no surveillance video, only witness or victim accounts.

    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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

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

    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 they found had been missing for more than two months.

    It was the body of Kelly Cook, the backup babysitter.

    Her murder has remained unsolved for nearly 40 years.

    In the latest episode of the Global News podcast, Crime Beat investigators share the latest leads in their hunt for a killer.

    Follow along as crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares an emotional meeting of two victims in this case — one that’s brought some healing all these years later.

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    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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

ningaloo75 ,

Thank you Tia

I admired Tia and thank her so much for sharing her remarkable story. I live in Australia. Indigenous Australians are still stuffing with deep seeded inter-generational trauma just like in Canada. I do believe the number of missing woman in Indigenous Australia is not as high as in Canada. Tia you are a wonderful mascot for your community and children. Your mother would be so proud of you. I thank you for your inspiration

Heathhanly ,

One of the best

Very happy I found my way to this podcast. So well presented. The detail is amazing, Nancy makes you feel invested in the victims. She gives the victims dignity and at the same time let’s you know all the chilling details of the crimes committed against them.
She is a great narrator. Her voice is perfect for a podcast.
I have a long list of true crime podcasts that I listen to and this is one of the very best.

steviebwonderful ,

Enough with the dramatic music

Great podcast, but why play stupid dramatic music? It makes already bad audio even harder to hear. Play the music separately.

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