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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).

Latest Episodes

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

30 MINJUN 30
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A Crime Beat Update| 21

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

32 MINJUN 16
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Update on Daniel's story | 20

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,...

51 MINJUN 2
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Daniel, Silenced at 26 days | 19

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 cas...

56 MINMAY 19
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The Paths That Choose Us | 18

The boy who overcame the odds | 17

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 themout for dinner and drinks and made the boys feel special. A local association recognized him for his tireless efforts with boys, naming him “foster parent of the year." By 2009, Prokopishin had been operating a foster home for nearly 20 years and during that time 55 teenage boys had come under his care. Then, one young man came forward alleging sexual abuse. Before long, police revealed that abuse went beyond just one victim. The court process revealed Prokopishin used money and threats to manipulate the boys into keeping ...

49 MINMAY 5
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The boy who overcame the odds | 17

Crime, the Courts, and Covid-19 | 16

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 relationships. Advocacy groups are seeing increased rates of domestic and sexual violence -- in some areas, the number of reported incidents has tripled. Others, can’t avoid going out -- including essential service providers like doctors, nurses and hospital staff. That also includes those working to maintain public safety during a time of heightened anxiety. Police are experiencing new challenges and are noticing a change in the types of crimes they’re being asked to investigate. With more people w...

38 MINAPR 21
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Crime, the Courts, and Covid-19 | 16

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 3 | 15

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 NCR. In 2008, McLean was brutally attacked by a stranger—a man who sat next to him as they rode a Greyhound bus. McLean was stabbed more than 100 times. He was mutilated and cannibalized. Vince Li was charged with second-degree murder Less than a year later, he was found not criminally responsible for his actions. Just eight years after that, Vince Li (who changed his name to Will Baker) was granted an absolute discharge. That ruling gave him complete freedom. He never has to receive treatment or take m...

63 MINAPR 7
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The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 3 | 15

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 2 | 14

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 stabbed in the biggest mass killing in Calgary’s history. Police arrived on the scene less than five minutes after the first call to 911. To add to the complexity of the case, investigators quickly learned the suspect was the son of one of their own. The accused was the 22-year-old son of a veteran, high ranking officer with the Calgary Police Service and would soon be charged with five counts of first-degree murder. But what led to such a horrific and violent attack? Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Fa...

68 MINMAR 24
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The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 2 | 14

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 1 | 13

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 rest knew each other from university. It was an amazing group of young people that included an accomplished dancer, an aspiring urban planner, two talented musicians, and a young man who was well on his way to becoming a humanitarian. For the most part, the mood of the party was laid back and relaxed. No one could have predicted the terrifying turn the night would take and how quickly it would all unravel. It was a day that left a scar on the soul of the city -- the biggest mass killing in Calga...

48 MINMAR 10
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The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 1 | 13

Conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom Barrow | 12

On this episode Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt is joined by an investigator who’s worked on many of the high profile cases featured on Crime Beat. In this special conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom Barrow, the veteran officer opens up in a raw, intimate way, and provides new insight into the demons that continue to haunt him. Listen to this episode now for exclusive behind the scenes details on several cases we’ve covered on the show and ones we’ll be profiling in the coming months.

41 MINFEB 25
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Conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom Barrow | 12

Latest Episodes

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

30 MINJUN 30
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A Crime Beat Update| 21

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

32 MINJUN 16
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Update on Daniel's story | 20

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,...

51 MINJUN 2
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Daniel, Silenced at 26 days | 19

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 cas...

56 MINMAY 19
Comments
The Paths That Choose Us | 18

The boy who overcame the odds | 17

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 themout for dinner and drinks and made the boys feel special. A local association recognized him for his tireless efforts with boys, naming him “foster parent of the year." By 2009, Prokopishin had been operating a foster home for nearly 20 years and during that time 55 teenage boys had come under his care. Then, one young man came forward alleging sexual abuse. Before long, police revealed that abuse went beyond just one victim. The court process revealed Prokopishin used money and threats to manipulate the boys into keeping ...

49 MINMAY 5
Comments
The boy who overcame the odds | 17

Crime, the Courts, and Covid-19 | 16

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 relationships. Advocacy groups are seeing increased rates of domestic and sexual violence -- in some areas, the number of reported incidents has tripled. Others, can’t avoid going out -- including essential service providers like doctors, nurses and hospital staff. That also includes those working to maintain public safety during a time of heightened anxiety. Police are experiencing new challenges and are noticing a change in the types of crimes they’re being asked to investigate. With more people w...

38 MINAPR 21
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Crime, the Courts, and Covid-19 | 16

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 3 | 15

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 NCR. In 2008, McLean was brutally attacked by a stranger—a man who sat next to him as they rode a Greyhound bus. McLean was stabbed more than 100 times. He was mutilated and cannibalized. Vince Li was charged with second-degree murder Less than a year later, he was found not criminally responsible for his actions. Just eight years after that, Vince Li (who changed his name to Will Baker) was granted an absolute discharge. That ruling gave him complete freedom. He never has to receive treatment or take m...

63 MINAPR 7
Comments
The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 3 | 15

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 2 | 14

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 stabbed in the biggest mass killing in Calgary’s history. Police arrived on the scene less than five minutes after the first call to 911. To add to the complexity of the case, investigators quickly learned the suspect was the son of one of their own. The accused was the 22-year-old son of a veteran, high ranking officer with the Calgary Police Service and would soon be charged with five counts of first-degree murder. But what led to such a horrific and violent attack? Contact: Twitter: @nancyhixt Fa...

68 MINMAR 24
Comments
The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 2 | 14

The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 1 | 13

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 rest knew each other from university. It was an amazing group of young people that included an accomplished dancer, an aspiring urban planner, two talented musicians, and a young man who was well on his way to becoming a humanitarian. For the most part, the mood of the party was laid back and relaxed. No one could have predicted the terrifying turn the night would take and how quickly it would all unravel. It was a day that left a scar on the soul of the city -- the biggest mass killing in Calga...

48 MINMAR 10
Comments
The Brentwood Five Massacre - Part 1 | 13

Conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom Barrow | 12

On this episode Global News crime reporter Nancy Hixt is joined by an investigator who’s worked on many of the high profile cases featured on Crime Beat. In this special conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom Barrow, the veteran officer opens up in a raw, intimate way, and provides new insight into the demons that continue to haunt him. Listen to this episode now for exclusive behind the scenes details on several cases we’ve covered on the show and ones we’ll be profiling in the coming months.

41 MINFEB 25
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Conversation with retired homicide Det. Tom Barrow | 12
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