38 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 • 7.4K 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).

    Two doors down: the tragic case of Mr. Kelloway |1

    Two doors down: the tragic case of Mr. Kelloway |1

    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 arms around each other, smiling. 

    They appeared to be having a great time, but just minutes after that photo was taken tragedy struck.

    One of the men called 911.

    The other was pronounced dead at the scene, before he could be rushed to the hospital. 

    He was later identified as Calgary middle school teacher, Craig Kelloway.

    An autopsy revealed Kelloway was stabbed 37 times.

    The question was, how did things turn so badly so quickly?

    It’s a case that continues to haunt the lead investigator. 

    Follow along as we share the story of Mr. Kelloway in the season three premiere of Crime Beat.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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

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    • 42 min
    Trailer - Season 3

    Trailer - Season 3

    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.

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    • 1 min
    A Crime Beat Update| 21

    A Crime Beat Update| 21

    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: @nancyhixt

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

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

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    • 30 min
    Update on Daniel's story | 20

    Update on Daniel's story | 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: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    Daniel, Silenced at 26 days | 19

    Daniel, Silenced at 26 days | 19

    On this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares a story of a child whose life was silenced, snuffed out and stolen-- so young he never had a chance.

    In the summer of 2010, EMS were called to a Calgary home where an 18-year-old single mom, Shelby Herchak, lived with her parents and her baby.

    The infant, just 26 days old, was rushed to hospital.

    But baby Daniel Herchak’s injuries were so severe, he died hours later.

    At a media conference soon after, Calgary police stated the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. Officers said Daniel’s injuries were believed to be non-accidental in nature.

    Police formally interviewed Herchak twice and said her story changed each time--and the explanations didn’t add up when compared to the evidence.

    14 days after baby Daniel died, his mother was charged with second-degree murder.

    But the case would take several major turns.

    Herchak had bail granted and revoked several times.

    Then, in September of 2012, the trial date was abandoned and the case was temporarily put on hold--while some of the work done by the medical examiner, in this case, was reviewed.

    Alberta Justice ordered an independent external review panel to look at 14 of Dr. Evan Matshes’ cases.

    The panel found his findings “unreasonable” in 13 of those 14 cases. 

    In baby Daniel's case, the panel agreed with the finding of homicide, and the cause of death-- but deemed his findings unreasonable because he noted there were signs of prior abuse.

    Then, that government review-- was called into question.

    A Queen’s Bench Justice ruled the government review was unfair and quashed the results.  The judge also ordered Alberta Justice to pay for a large portion of Matshes legal costs.

    In this episode, Dr. Matshes speaks to Hixt about the review. It’s the first time he’s ever spoken to a reporter about the investigation and he said he wanted to set the record straight.

    Because of the controversy surrounding the government review another pathologist provided expertise in the Herchak case instead of Matshes.

    They came up with the same findings: it was deemed a homicide and the cause of death was blunt force head trauma.

    Daniel suffered two fractures to the skull, extensive bleeding, bruising to the head and face, bruising and swelling of the brain, nerve damage along the spine, bruising to the chest abdomen and back and hemorrhaging to both eyes

    Then, on the eve of her trial, Shelby Herchak pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. 

    She was sentenced to five and a half years in jail but with credit for time in custody pre-trial, she had just two and a half left to serve.

    It was only during that time in prison, the Herchak finally shed light on what happened that fateful morning.

    Hear those admissions, along with an exclusive interview with the primary investigator in this case in this episode of Crime Beat: Daniel, silenced at 26 days.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min
    The Paths That Choose Us | 18

    The Paths That Choose Us | 18

    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 look revealed the man was unconscious and lying in a pool of blood.

    The store manager called 911.

    Police and EMS arrived within minutes.

    The man was badly beaten and had been stabbed twice. 

    He was rushed to hospital in serious, life-threatening condition but later died.

    An autopsy revealed he died from a loss of blood caused by the stab wounds.

    The victim was Gabriel Okeynan, 45, a father of four and his death became a homicide investigation.

    The question was, who did this to him, and why?

    This is a case that highlights what the detective in charge of this case refers to as “good old fashioned police work.”

    Follow along as police investigated a trail of evidence and unravelled a complicated series of events to solve this case.

    It’s the story about the paths we choose...and the paths that choose us--and how every decision we make impacts our lives.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

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

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
7.4K Ratings

7.4K Ratings

nicole0935 ,

Great reporting

Nancy Hixt is so thorough with attention to detail, and has great compassion for these sensitive cases. I’m always waiting for new episodes. This podcast has made me consider pursuing a career in journalism when I’m older simply because of how well done these episodes are.

Torgerson678 ,

Superb True Crime storytelling!

Nancy Hixt is a compelling journalist and podcast host. Every episode is polished and fascinating, with great narration. She involves victims’ families and shows the human impact of crime without ever exploiting.

lhteacher ,

So well done

I listen to about 20 different podcasts. The one I wait for the most eagerly is this one. Nancy is so compassionate, professional and thorough. Each episode delivers all that you promise.

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