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Crime Beat is a true crime series that takes viewers deep into some of Canada's most infamous criminal cases. Hosted by Antony Robart and based on the highly successful podcast by Nancy Hixt, Crime Beat showcases some of the best investigative crime reporting from the Global News reporters who covered the stories in real time. Using extensive archives and intimate family interviews, each week Crime Beat reveals new details that go beyond the news headlines: giving a voice to victims and their families, unraveling how each case was solved, and exploring lasting impacts on the community and justice system.


Season 1 (13 episodes)

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1.01 (#1)
Meika Jordan: The Broken Princess
March 7, 2020
Crime reporter Nancy Hixt reviews the case of Meika Jordan, a six-year-old girl whose life was tragically cut short; Nancy reveals the details of this case and the evidence uncovered by investigators in their quest for justice.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
1.02 (#2)
Farah Khan: A City's Lost Child
March 14, 2020
Dismembered remains are discovered. They belong to a child. But whose? Alan Carter returns to the scene of the crime 20 years later, reuniting with the lead detective and a community that came together in grief.
Reporter: Alan Carter
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1.03 (#3)
The Final Homecoming of Lukas Strasser-Hird
March 21, 2020
After a year studying abroad, Lukas Strasser-Hird had dreams to be a doctor; he went out with friends to celebrate when he arrived home, but no one could have predicted how dangerous the situation was to become.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
1.04 (#4)
Alison Parrott: Leader of the Pack
March 28, 2020
Coaxed from her home for a photoshoot, a promising young athlete never returns: Caryn Lieberman brings us through the DNA breakthrough that cracks the case to a mother's national safety campaign.
Reporter: Caryn Lieberman
1.05 (#5)
Alicia Ross: Everyone's Daughter
April 4, 2020
Alicia's disappearance leads to one of the largest missing person searches in Ontario's history; reporter Catherine McDonald reconnects with Alicia's mother to tell the tale.
Reporter: Catherine McDonald
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1.06 (#6)
Darkness in the Pass
April 11, 2020
With two people dead and a two year old missing, a small community in the Rocky Mountains is broken. It's a case the family of the victims call a real life horror show. Crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes you through the details of the crimes committed against Terry Blanchette and his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar Blanchette.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
External Link: Darkness in the Pass
1.07 (#7)
The Legacy of Jordan Manners
April 18, 2020
In May of 2007, 15 year old Jordan Manners was gunned down in a hallway, marking the first time a student was shot and killed inside a Toronto school and Catherine McDonald remembers the murder, its impact on the community and his family.
Reporter: Catherine McDonald
1.08 (#8)
If Anything Happens to Me: The Ottey Sisters
April 25, 2020
Teenage sisters Marsha and Tamara Ottey were stabbed to death in August 1995; months later, Dimitrija Trajceski became the first TTC worker killed on the job. Caryn Lieberman shares the story of how these two families' lives became intertwined.
Reporter: Caryn Lieberman
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1.09 (#9)
The Disappearance of Lisa Mitchell
May 2, 2020
At 29 years old, Lisa Mitchell and her common-law husband, Allan, had two children and she juggled two jobs to try to make ends meet and then one day, she disappeared, leaving her common-law husband and two children behind.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
1.10 (#10)
Kimberlee Kasatkin: No Body, No Crime?
May 16, 2020
Kimberley hasn't been heard from since 2016 and while her partner says she abandoned the family, her parents accuse him of homicide.
Reporter: Rumina Daya
1.11 (#11)
Guy Paul Morin and the Murder of Christine Jessop
May 23, 2020
Almost three months after she went missing, Christine Jessop's body was found more than 50 kilometers away from her Queensville home; after an intense police investigation, a former neighbor, Guy Paul Morin was charged.
Reporter: Eric Sorensen
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1.12 (#12)
The Brentwood Five Massacre, Part 1
May 30, 2020
An accomplished dancer, an aspiring urban planner, two talented musicians, and a young man who was well on his way to becoming a humanitarian became victims of the biggest mass killing in Calgary's history.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
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1.13 (#13)
The Brentwood Five Massacre, Part 2
June 6, 2020
What started out as a party to mark the end of classes at the University of Calgary ended in a horrific tragedy; to add to the complexity of the case, investigators quickly learned the suspect was the son of one of their own.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt

Season 2 (15 episodes)

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2.01 (#14)
Who Killed Kelly Cook, The Back-Up Babysitter
October 3, 2020
In 1981, Kelly Cook took a job to babysit for someone named Bill Christensen. The 15-year old girl was never seen alive again. This episode includes an exclusive interview with the original target of "Bill Christensen". It's the first time she's ever spoken to a journalist.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
2.02 (#15)
Who Killed Sonia?
October 10, 2020
Will new leads solve this 10-year-old cold case? The police say they won't quit until they find Sonia Varaschin's killer. Police started an investigation into the 42-year-old nurse's death after she didn't show up for work at a Mississauga pharmaceutical company. Her remains were discovered by a citizen a week later in Caledon, approximately 12 kilometres from Varaschin's home.
Reporter: Catherine McDonald
2.03 (#16)
The Final Chapter of the Christine Jessop and Guy Paul Morin Tragedy
October 24, 2020
It was October 1984 in a small town outside Toronto; a young girl went missing; three months later, Christine Jessop's body was found more than 50 kilometers away from her Queensville home.
Reporters: Eric Sorensen, Catherine McDonald, Caryn Lieberman
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2.04 (#17)
Shannon Madill's Last Audition
October 31, 2020
Shannon Madill had everything going for her; she had just landed an audition for a role in a television series; was looking forward to moving from Calgary to Edmonton; the audition was recorded on video; hours later she vanished.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
2.05 (#18)
Karissa Boudreau: Up With the Angels
November 7, 2020
Penny Boudreau reported her 12-year-old daughter Karissa missing on the night of a heavy snowstorm in January 2008; in an emotional news conference, the Nova Scotia mother made a tearful appeal for the public's help in finding the little girl.
Reporter: Ross Lord
2.06 (#19)
Fatal Façade: The Murder of Dr. Elana Fric
November 14, 2020
When the body of 40-year-old doctor Elana Fric is discovered by a passerby out for a walk, investigators know they're looking for a cold-blooded killer. In this episode, we hear from Elana's closest friends and family about the warning signs, from the detective who helped get a conviction, and an emotional interview with Elana's daughter on what she witnessed, and how she plans to make a difference.
Reporter: Caryn Lieberman
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2.07 (#20)
Two Doors Down: The Tragic Case of Mr. Kelloway
November 21, 2020
Craig Kelloway came to Calgary from the Maritimes for new opportunities. He was a new father, in a new relationship...and had just moved into a new community. Kelloway attended a neighbour's barbecue that took a deadly turn. What follows was a shocking 911 call and a compelling police interrogation. Was it murder or self-defence?
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
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2.08 (#21)
Stolen Second Chances: The Jessica Newman Story
February 6, 2021
A Calgary mother disappeared in March 2015. Family and friends turned to police--as it was out of character for the 24-year-old to just take off. Months later, her body was found in a ditch northeast of Calgary by a road construction crew. The autopsy revealed she was stabbed 75 times. Who would have done this to Jessica Newman and why?
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
2.09 (#22)
I Survived a Serial Killer
February 13, 2021
They each met him online and knew him only as 'Bruce.' He gained their trust, only to turn on them when they were at their most vulnerable. In this episode, two men reveal their near-death experiences at the hands of notorious serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Reporter: Catherine McDonald
2.10 (#23)
For No Reason: The Murders of Dianna and Richard
February 20, 2021
In 2017 the brutal slayings of Dianna Mah-Jones, 64, and Richard Jones, 68, sent shockwaves throughout Vancouver. Who could have done such a horrific crime? And would they strike again?
Reporter: Rumina Daya
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2.11 (#24)
The Evil and Senseless Plot Against Ray Johnson
February 27, 2021
Ray Johnson was a loving father and grandfather. He lost the love of his life to cancer--and also battled cancer himself. Then one day in January 2009, he didn't show up for a family dinner. Not long after his body was found stuffed in an antique trunk and dumped along some train tracks. Who would kill this loving grandfather?
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
2.12 (#25)
An Enigma: Hiding in Plain Sight
March 6, 2021
In July of 2000, 18-year-old Tina Wu was murdered and her younger sister Theresa suffered horrific injuries when an attacker broke into their Toronto apartment. When police eventually tracked down the perpetrator - many questions remained unanswered as to why a shy tradesman unleashed gratuitous, escalated violence against four innocent women, all within a 4 kilometre radius of his home.
Reporter: Antony Robart
2.13 (#26)
Tori Stafford: Never Forget, Part 1
March 13, 2021
The small Ontario town of Woodstock was the setting for one of Canada's most horrific child murders. 8-year-old Tori Stafford was abducted, raped, and brutally murdered on April 8, 2009. Terri-Lynne McClintic and Michael Rafferty were eventually convicted of first-degree murder. With in-depth interviews with the families and investigators, we reveal the toll this small-town tragedy has taken on many lives.
Reporter: Mark Carcasole
2.14 (#27)
Tori Stafford: Never Forget, Part 2
March 20, 2021
In part 2, we document the battles the family of Tori Stafford has had to go through making sure the perpetrators serve their sentences as outlined by the courts, a fight that has further challenged their healing process.
Reporter: Mark Carcasole
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2.15 (#28)
The Day Ryan Lane Vanished
March 27, 2021
When Ryan Lane broke up with the mother of his child-his world fell apart. Like a lot of broken relationships that involve children, the two parents were fighting over custody of their little girl. It was getting worse by the day and Ryan had not been able to see his daughter in two years. He finally went to court where he was granted visitation. That night, Lane Skyped with one of his closest friends and shared videos of the playdate. Just before midnight, that chat was interrupted when Lane got a call from a phone booth. Find out what happened to Lane, and the senseless tragedy his family has been forced to endure.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt

Season 3 (26 episodes)

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3.01 (#29)
Hunted by Evil, Part 1
October 1, 2021
A little boy had a sleepover at his grandparent's home. When his mother returned to pick him up the next morning-all three were gone. Follow along as police uncover shocking forensic evidence and learn the twist that finally leads investigators to identify a suspect.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
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3.02 (#30)
Hunted by Evil, Part 2
October 8, 2021
With a little boy and his grandparents still missing, police make a dramatic arrest. A search of the suspect's property leads to one disturbing discovery after another. DNA was found, but still no bodies. What happened to Nathan O'Brien, and Alvin and Kathy Liknes? Learn how a petty grudge festered and grew into a murderous plot, and the shocking key evidence seen from high above the killer's property... in the conclusion of Hunted by Evil.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
3.03 (#31)
The Big Lie to Die for
October 15, 2021
When a triple-murder nearly wipes out an entire family, police struggle to establish a motive. At the home, investigators discover a gruesome scene and identify an unexpected murder weapon -- a crossbow. They also meet the lone survivor who fought for his life and barely escaped. The mystery deepens when a suspicious package is discovered, and the killer's double-life is revealed.
Host: Antony Robart
3.04 (#32)
Innocent Blood
October 22, 2021
After a torso is found floating in the Oshawa Harbour, the family of 18-year-old Rori Hache is horrified to learn the human remains belong to the missing teen. But when a local plumber calls in a "flesh-like" substance clogging a drain, the horror only grows. During the police investigation, a second young woman's DNA is identified, that of 19-year-old Kandis Fitzpatrick. Worried there could be more victims, two families must join forces to bring a predator to justice. And Kandis' father, in his first-ever in-depth interview, opens up to reporter Catherine McDonald.
Reporter: Catherine McDonald
3.05 (#33)
Remember Her Name: Chantel Moore
October 29, 2021
26-year-old Chantel Moore was shot and killed by a New Brunswick police officer during a wellness check. Police had been called to her apartment over concerns that Chantel was being stalked and could be in danger. So how did she end up dead? Chantel was from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in British Columbia and her family believes that her case would have been handled differently if she wasn't an Indigenous woman. They want criminal charges laid and changes to policing. With a coroner's inquest looming, we track their quest for answers and their efforts to honour Chantel's memory.
Host: Antony Robart
3.06 (#34)
Forbidden Love: The Murder of Jassi Sidhu
November 5, 2021
While visiting India, a young newly-wed from British Columbia was attacked, kidnapped, and her lifeless body discovered in a canal the next day. Her husband was severely beaten and left for dead but survived to tell the story. Was this a tragic roadside robbery, or something far more sinister, allegedly masterminded by those closest to the victim? From a corrupt investigator to complex legal wrangling, reporter Neetu Garcha takes us on an international journey of forbidden love.
Reporter: Neetu Garcha
3.07 (#35)
Arlene Westervelt - Murder or Misadventure?
November 12, 2021
A husband and wife are out for a canoe ride on a calm, clear afternoon when tragedy strikes. The boat capsizes and only the husband survives. At first local police declare Arlene Westervelt's death an accidental drowning, but after suspicions are raised that she may have been murdered, police take a closer look. Charges are laid, but eventually stayed with little explanation. In this episode, reporter Jules Knox takes us through the many twists and turns of a mishandled investigation, family outrage and an exclusive interview with Arlene's husband and the accused, Bert Westervelt. Was it a tragic accident, or was it murder?
Reporter: Jules Knox
3.08 (#36)
"Mr. Murder" - Four Lives Lost
November 19, 2021
In the fall of 2010, four men were gunned down in their prime -- shot and killed in Toronto in three separate shootings. Devoted father Jahmeel Spence, family man Carl Cole, along with Mike James, a budding chef, and his good friend and aspiring tradesman Courthney Facey. Investigators would discover that the murders were all connected... and the evidence would lead them to a serial killer hungry for notoriety and fame.
Host: Antony Robart
3.09 (#37)
Blindsided: The Story of Mylan Hicks
Decembver 10, 2021
A young man who grew up in one of the most deadly cities in North America beat the odds to become a professional football player. Mylan Hicks hoped playing in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders would be a stepping stone to his dream of playing in the NFL. In the fall of 2016, Hicks went out with his teammates to celebrate an important win when tragedy struck. Follow along as witnesses explain what they saw that fateful night and how Hicks was blindsided.
Reporter: Mark Carcasole
3.10 (#38)
Eddie Melo's Final Round
Decembver 17, 2021
When Canadian boxing star Eddie "Hurricane" Melo is killed, alongside his cousin Joao Pavao, investigators are quick to start digging into Melo's work as a mob enforcer and his connections to the Montreal Mafia. Did police catch those responsible? Mark Carcasole reports on the theories, the arrests, and how Melo's daughter is keeping her father's memory alive in and out of the ring -- by giving youth an opportunity to learn the sport he dedicated his life to.
Reporter: Mark Carcasole
3.11 (#39)
The Friendly Cop: Who Killed Constable André Lalonde?
January 14, 2022
The family of Constable Andre Lalonde has searched for answers for 25 years. The veteran officer with the Montreal Police Department, known for his friendly nature and his big moustache, was shot three times at close range after pulling over a car with a noisy muffler. Mike Armstrong, a rookie reporter at the time of the killing, explores the impact this murder had on Lalonde's wife and two children, and the questions that continue to haunt investigators in their search to find his killer.
Reporter: Mike Armstrong
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3.12 (#40)
Shattered By a Call
January 21, 2022
A young Calgary woman goes missing for days. Her grandmother felt something wasn't right. She called Taylor Toller's friends and family and even reported her missing to police. But there was no sign of the 24-year-old. Meanwhile, a call to 911 led police across town where they discovered a couple in their 50's dead in their home. Learn the tragic connection between the two cases and follow along as police uncover evidence of a senseless killing spree.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
3.13 (#41)
Mindy Tran: The Abduction of Innocence
January 28, 2022
On August 17, 1994, in Kelowna B.C., eight-year-old Mindy Tran hopped on her bike and pedaled over to a nearby friend's house to ask her to play. She was never seen again. That triggered an unprecedented search, where her body was found by unorthodox means. The suspected killer has always maintained his innocence, and in court Mounties take the stand and testify against one another. But could the real reason the prime suspect was acquitted be because one of the jurors had feelings for him?
Reporter: Jules Knox
3.14 (#42)
I Heard Her Screams
February 25, 2022
Two Eritrean refugees looking for a better life in Canada are murdered. First, 55-year-old Nighisti Semret is stabbed to death walking home from her night shift in October 2012. Then in the spring of 2013, the dismembered human remains of 28-year-old Rigat Ghirmay are discovered by a dog walker in a west-end park. We track the twists and turns of this remarkable investigation by Toronto police. A whodunit that deeply impacted those who worked on it, and those who'd been helping these women start their new lives in Canada.
Host: Antony Robart
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3.15 (#43)
Picture Perfect: The Shattered Dreams of Maple Batalia
March 4, 2022
In the Fall of 2011, Maple Batalia, a young university student with a promising career as an actor and model, was brutally shot and slashed to death on the campus parking lot in Surrey, B.C. The killing made international headlines, sparking Surrey's Punjabi community and her family to make continued calls for justice and to arrest her murderer. Amid rapidly mounting pressure, the RCMP are tasked with piecing together Maple's mysterious personal life and the days leading up to her death, only to find several of the key clues missing, including a security camera that panned away from the scene of her death just moments before she was killed.
Reporter: Kamil Karamali
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3.16 (#44)
Justice for Lacey
March 18, 2022
A series of 911 calls leads first responders to multiple scenes and the disturbing discovery of a young woman's body. What happened to Lacey Jones-McKnight? Learn the shocking details revealed on the 911 calls and the painstaking lengths forensic investigators went to in an effort to find Justice for Lacey.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
3.17 (#45)
A Monster in the Woods
March 25, 2022
It was a crime unlike anything ever seen before in Canada. The horror of the 'Wells Gray Murders' forty years ago still haunts investigators involved in the case, as well as family and friends of the victims. In August 1982, David Shearing stalked and murdered three generations of a family while they were out on a summer camping trip in B.C. After a long cross-country investigation, police learn the killer was always closer than suspected. What was the murderer's motive for such a horrific crime?
Reporter: Jules Knox
3.18 (#46)
Innocence and Evil, Part 1
April 1, 2022
Reporter Caryn Lieberman tells the story of the 1994 disappearance of Larry Arnold, a man who went missing from Toronto's gay village. Arnold's body wasn't found until weeks later, discovered in an area 'known for sexual cruising.' We hear the frustration of family members, who feel investigators initially didn't take the case seriously enough. Until...police got a break that would change everything. Larry Arnold wasn't this killer's only victim.
Reporter: Caryn Lieberman
3.19 (#47)
Innocence and Evil, Part 2
April 8, 2022
Reporter Caryn Lieberman reveals how Larry Arnold's murder investigation is linked to the 1997 killing of a 20-year-old woman hundreds of kilometers away in North Bay, Ontario. Sarah Whitehead was sexually assaulted and murdered as she left a mall. Both murders were mysteries that almost went unsolved, two seemingly unrelated cases, until DNA from a cigarette butt led police to the killer. A serial rapist and murderer whose crimes crossed provincial borders and some of which likely remain unsolved to this day.
Reporter: Caryn Lieberman
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3.20 (#48)
A Prayer for Arcelie
April 29, 2022
On a cold, snowy winter night in January 2008 an officer was on patrol when a confusing call came in to 911. A hardworking mother of five disappeared while on her way home from work- to make matters worse- there were indications she was being attacked. Investigators raced against the clock to find Arcelie Laoagan. Follow along on this frantic search as the officer shares the horrific discovery that haunts him to this day.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
3.21 (#49)
The Story Blood Tells
May 6, 2022
An in-depth look at how forensic experts examine blood spatter to help piece together what happened at the crime scene and how it helped secure convictions in some of Canada's most high profile murder cases.
Host: Antony Robart
3.22 (#50)
The Secrets of Salmon River, Part 1
May 13, 2022
When 27-year-old Caitlin Potts disappears from the North Okanagan in February 2016, police are puzzled. Although her body has never been found, Mounties believe she has been murdered. And then, over the next year and a half, four other women disappear too. One of the women's bodies is found on the Sagmoen family farm and many start to point the finger at Curtis Sagmoen. But although he has spent time in jail for other offences, he's never been charged with murder. In this episode of Crime Beat, reporter Jules Knox investigates whether these cases could somehow be connected?
Reporter: Jules Knox
3.23 (#51)
The Secrets of Salmon River, Part 2
May 20, 2022
Five women have mysteriously vanished from near B.C.'s Shuswap region over a year and a half, leaving their families desperate for some sort of closure. When police suddenly discover a body more than five years later, it leads to an arrest in one of the women's murders. But will it help officers crack the other cases? In the conclusion of the Secrets of Salmon River, reporter Jules Knox investigates why police are struggling to make more arrests.
Reporter: Jules Knox
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3.24 (#52)
Obsessed: The Story of Nadia El-Dib
May 27, 2022
A police manhunt leads to a high speed chase and a life-or-death situation for two officers. Learn the extreme lengths one man was willing to go to and the tragic outcome of his obsession with Nadia El-Dib.
Reporter: Nancy Hixt
3.25 (#53)
Awaking to a Nightmare: The Rhoderie Estrada Murder
June 3, 2022
A caring nurse and mother of three viciously murdered after a break-in at her home, while her 3 children slept in another room unaware of the attack.
Reporter: Catherine McDonald
3.26 (#54)
In Broad Daylight - The Abduction of Holly Jones
June 10, 2022
In the early evening of May 12th 2003, 10-year-old Holly Jones told her parents she was going to walk a friend home. She never returned. Everyone held out hope that she would be found safe, but when the little girl was discovered murdered it kicked off one of the largest manhunts in Toronto history. In this episode, the lead homicide detectives reveal the tactics used to catch Holly's killer. And Holly's mother shares memories of her daughter - and her family's efforts to fight child pornography.
Host: Antony Robart

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