Algorithm

Algorithm

When Afrikka Hardy was strangled in 2014 it seemed completely random, but it wasn’t. It was part of a pattern. Four years earlier, reporter Thomas Hargrove had created an algorithm to detect serial killers and flagged Gary, Indiana as the site of an unusual number of strangulations. But when Hargrove reached out to warn local police, he was ignored -- until Afrikka Hardy was murdered, and those cold cases suddenly didn’t look so cold. Algorithm follows the investigation into Afrikka’s murder, exposing the warnings that police ignored, and uncovering more than anyone expected -- that a serial killer was strangling women in Gary, Indiana could've been stopped. And that Afrikka Hardy should be alive today. This podcast will explore how technology can be used to identify and track serial killers, and how an algorithm can influence the way homicides are investigated all across the country.

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May 28, 2021 1 min

Can an algorithm connect cold cases -- and help catch a modern serial killer?

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When Afrikka Hardy was murdered, it seemed completely random. But it wasn't. It was part of a pattern. And police had been warned that a serial killer was on the loose in Indiana.

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June 15, 2021 37 min

When Afrikka Hardy was strangled in 2014 it seemed completely random. But it wasn’t. It was part of a pattern.

Lori Townsend reminisces about her daughter Afrikka, and journalist Thomas Hargrove says Afrikka's death could've been prevented.

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June 15, 2021 39 min

Four years before Afrikka's Death, reporter Thomas Hargrove took clues from the Atlanta child murders and the Green River Killer and created an algorithm to detect serial killers. His algorithm flagged Gary, Indiana as the site of an unusual number of strangulations. But how did this algorithm work, and what came of the findings?

Thomas Hargrove discusses the creation of the algorithm and Dr. Mike Aamodt talks serial killing sta...

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June 22, 2021 37 min

Jackie investigates the cases Hargrove's algorithm identified. But there aren't any major leads... until Afrikka's murder.

What really happened the night Afrikka was killed?

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June 29, 2021 39 min

Detective Ford investigates Afrikka's killer... and discovers the killer may be connected to even more murders.

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July 6, 2021 38 min

The Death March Continues as Darren Vann leads detectives to more victims... but it's unclear if he's telling the whole truth about his crimes ...

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July 13, 2021 35 min

Detective Ford interrogates Vann about his past and tries to determine how many Vann has really killed... And what can we learn from Vann's ex-wife, stepson, and ex-girlfriend?

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July 20, 2021 34 min

After the death of Vann's child, Vann snaps. He's arrested twice for horrific crimes, once in Gary and then in Austin.

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