76 episodes

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
    • 4.8 • 9K 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).

    Inside Crime Beat- your questions answered | 15

    Inside Crime Beat- your questions answered | 15

    On the season finale of Crime Beat, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt answers your questions. Join her as she gives you behind-the-scenes insight on the podcast, journalism, and the stories she shares on this special episode, “Inside Crime Beat.”

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min
    Hope in the darkness | 14

    Hope in the darkness | 14

    On a beautiful September night in 2008, a young couple went out for dinner in downtown Calgary.

    They walked through a park on their way home and sat down on a bench to soak in the warm, late summer air.

    Around them, the trees were changing colours .

    Never once did it cross their mind that it would be the last time, as a couple, they would see those vibrant fall colours again.

    Moments later, the sound of screaming filled the air followed by sirens as police and EMS rushed to the scene.

    Find out what happened next on the latest episode of Crime Beat. Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares one man’s story of survival and inspiration in ‘Hope in the darkness.’

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    If I Can't Have You... (REMASTERED)

    If I Can't Have You... (REMASTERED)

    A story of deadly infatuation. Join Nancy Hixt as she explains how a young woman 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.

    Nadia El-Dib's Foundation - https://www.nadiashopefoundation.com

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    The scars that don't heal | 13

    The scars that don't heal | 13

    On April 14, 2022, two senior police officers– Sgt. Brian Topham and Cpl. Brandon Tobin received the highest honour that’s bestowed by the RCMP.

    The commissioner’s commendation for bravery recognizes outstanding courage in the face of dangerous circumstances…

    But the award came at a cost. 

    Join Nancy Hixt, a senior crime reporter for Global News as she shares how two officers, both diagnosed with PTSD, are working to heal and raise awareness about the trauma they’re living with in ‘The scars that don’t heal.’

    Nadia El-Dib's Foundation - https://www.nadiashopefoundation.com

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min
    Introducing What Happened to the Beirut explosion?

    Introducing What Happened to the Beirut explosion?

    Elias Tarabay remembers Aug. 4, 2020, clearly. He arrived home after having a late lunch with a friend. He was living in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. His house had a balcony that looked out at the city’s ports.

    Just as he settled in, he heard a loud explosion.

    Tarabay was working as an editor for a local newspaper at the time and he thought he would take the video to send back to his office.

    Then a second large explosion rocked the Beirut port.

    The explosion killed at least 214 people, according to official records. Thousands were injured.

    It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history — the result of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate igniting after a fire broke out. The explosion tore through the city with such force that it caused a tremor across the entire country that was heard and felt as far away as the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, more than 200 kilometres away.

    It would soon emerge in documents that the highly combustible nitrates had been haphazardly stored at a port warehouse alongside other flammable material since 2014 — and that multiple high-level officials over the years knew of its presence and did nothing.

    The event galvanized people to demonstrate in the streets, asking for government accountability and in the days following the explosion, several cabinet members announced their resignation. On Aug. 10, 2020, Beirut’s prime minister, Hassan Diab, announced he would be stepping down from his position.

    On this episode of What happened to …? Erica Vella revisits the days that followed the deadly blast and finds out if anyone has been held accountable. She also learns how Lebanon’s economic crisis has made it difficult for the country to rebuild.

    Contact:

    Email: erica.vella@globalnews.ca 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    Mr. Gregory's dark secret | 12

    Mr. Gregory's dark secret | 12

    In the summer of 2020, a listener reached out and asked how Crime Beat stories are selected.

    She said she was seeking justice for something that happened to her decades earlier when she was a teenager.

    That was the starting point of this episode.

    Join Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt as she shares how one woman’s bravery cracked open one of the most high profile sex assault cases in Calgary’s history. 

    Learn exclusive new details of the police investigation in ‘Mr. Gregory’s dark secret.’ 

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9K Ratings

9K Ratings

CryN34 ,

I’m consuming these way too fast!

Girl, you are doing a great job with these. I’m plowing through them. I like that you tell the stories in much detail and respectfully.

esookdeo ,

One of the best

I am subscribed to a number of true crime podcasts and very few come close to Crime Beat. Nancy delivers her stories in an engaging and respectful way. She includes valuable perspectives about those involved with each case. Over her years of experience it is clear that she has a valuable network of sources in law enforcement. It is also telling that she has so many families and victims willing to discuss their darkest days with her. Although I am not from Calgary, I appreciate that she continues to focus on local stories that are meaningful to her community. Although I wish she released episodes more frequently, I understand that in doing so, it would likely sacrifice the quality of each episode, so I’ll continue to wait patiently for the Tuesday episode drops.

Ellesbelles7 ,

Great reporting

Love this podcast and Nancy. The only criticism I have is that Nancy has given some murderers a voice and background story and made them seem like a human. They don’t deserve this and it should be about the victim. Not making us feel sorry for these POS people that commit the crimes.

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