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.

DNA
00:45:53 2021-09-01
What happened to the DNA evidence associated with Hargrove's list. And what happened to Gary's backlogged rape kits? Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich, and follow the algorithm podcast on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Reach out with a...
00:33:07 2021-08-24
Ben receives a letter from Vann agreeing to an interview. Ben talks to Kasich about Vann and why he plead to life in prison after wanting to be executed. And a mysterious caller describes another victim and sheds possible light on Vann's motivations. Fin...
00:30:58 2021-08-17
Ben investigates some of the cold cases that Hargrove identified and explores Darren Vann's connection to killings in Chicago. Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich. Reach out ...
00:22:59 2021-08-10
Ben listens to voicemails and answers listener questions. You can leave a voicemail of your own at 888-501-3309. Or ask a question or leave a tip on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich. Learn more about y...
00:32:14 2021-08-03
One woman escapes Vann and tries to warn the police, but they don't listen. Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich. Reach out with any tips on Darren Vann or crimes that might b...
00:29:02 2021-07-27
After Vann returns to Gary, Marvin Clinton's fiance Teaira Batey disappears. Frustrated with the police, Marvin starts investigating on his own. Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kue...
00:28:48 2021-07-20
After the death of Vann's child, Vann snaps. He's arrested twice for horrific crimes, once in Gary and then in Austin. Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich. And reach out with ...
00:29:43 2021-07-13
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? Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host ...
00:33:29 2021-07-06
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 ... Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter. And r...
00:33:34 2021-06-29
Detective Ford investigates Afrikka's killer... and discovers the killer may be connected to even more murders. Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter. Learn more about your ad-choices at ht...
00:31:51 2021-06-22
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? Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. And follow hos...
00:33:40 2021-06-15
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 s...
00:32:48 2021-06-15
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. Subscribe ...
00:02:09 2021-06-08
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ...
00:01:36 2021-05-28
Can an algorithm connect cold cases -- and help catch a modern serial killer? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.