4 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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    • 4.4 • 381 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.

    The Algorithm

    The Algorithm

    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 stats. Finally, host Ben Kuebrich receives an unexpected phone call.
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    • 39 min
    Afrikka Didn't Need to Die

    Afrikka Didn't Need to Die

    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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    • 37 min
    Algorithm

    Algorithm

    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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    • 2 min
    Teaser: Algorithm

    Teaser: Algorithm

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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
381 Ratings

381 Ratings

Webloo ,

Thought this sounded interesting

But what kind of NPR cadence is the narrator trying to affect? Stahhhp can’t listen to it.
It’s too distracting- unfollowed

supercilious1 ,

Unique topic!

It’s nice to find a true crime podcast that isn’t a carbon copy of every other true crime podcast I’ve listened to. The subject is fascinating and scary!

Mamagoose7 ,

Good job

I enjoyed this podcast. As I have listened to many other podcasts, I too think the narrator is monotone….maybe he could sound a bit more enthused about the case he is talking about.

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