15 episodes

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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    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 140 Ratings

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

    DNA

    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 any tips or suggestions for other clusters of murders to explore on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.
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    • 54 min
    New Confessions

    New Confessions

    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.
    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich.
    Reach out with any tips or suggestions for other clusters of murders to explore on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.
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    • 41 min
    The Chicago Connection

    The Chicago Connection

    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 with any tips or suggestions for other clusters of murders to explore on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.
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    • 39 min
    Bonus | Q&A

    Bonus | Q&A

    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.
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    • 31 min
    The Survivor

    The Survivor

    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 be related on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.
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    • 40 min
    Marvin and Teaira

    Marvin and Teaira

    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_kuebrich.
    Reach out with any tips on Darren Vann, China, or crimes that might be related on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

aawray ,

A different angle on true crime

I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. It doesn’t follow the same trajectory of a lot of other true crime podcasts, which I really like. Listening to the podcasts back to back, I find a little redundancy, but that’s not necessarily bad as I can half listen and still keep on track! A great listen. I definitely recommend.

Jenn187 ,

Great podcast

I find this podcast very interesting and informative. The interviews are well done and the information is clearly presented to the listener. Each episode is put together well and leaves me wanting more. I do find his voice more monotone than I would prefer, but that’s just my personal opinion and will not stop me from listening. I truly enjoy it and was drawn in from the very beginning.

Mr.ljungman ,

Terrible voice

Has the same voice as Burger King foot lettuce

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