19 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.

Algorithm Tenderfoot TV

    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 2.1K Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    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.
    Subscribe to Algorithm now, so you don't miss an episode, and follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter for more information about the case.

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    • 32 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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    • 22 min
    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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    • 33 min
    Cold Cases

    Cold Cases

    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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    • 31 min
    The Suspect

    The Suspect

    Detective Ford investigates Afrikka's killer... and discovers the killer may be connected to even more murders.
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    • 33 min
    The Death March

    The Death March

    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 reach out with any tips on Darren Vann, Big E, or crimes that might be related on social media or by leaving us a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

EER999999 ,

Decent but the dragging words

This podcast is really well done and is quite an interesting story. However, the way the host drags every other word drives me a bit crazy and I end on focusing on that rather than the story sometimes. For example, Hargrooooove, Killeeeeeer, Caaaaaaaases, etc. A guy at work talks in a similar fashion and it has made me avoid conversations with him.

Child of the Plains ,

Life-preserving

Life-preserving.

BCW1281 ,

Voice

I am glad I am not alone in finding his voice and cadence extremely distracting. With so many great podcasts out there I refuse to waste my time on one where I feel annoyed by the host the whole time.

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