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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.

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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.

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

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May 28 2021

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Algorithm

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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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Jun 08 2021

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Afrikka Didn't Need to Die

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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.

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

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Jun 15 2021

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The Algorithm

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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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Jun 15 2021

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Cold Cases

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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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Jun 22 2021

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The Suspect

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

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Jun 29 2021

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The Death March

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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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Jul 06 2021

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Vann's Early Crimes

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

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Jul 13 2021

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Red Flags

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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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Jul 20 2021

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Marvin and Teaira

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After Vann returns to Gary, Marvin Clinton's fiance Teaira Batey disappears. Frustrated with the police, Marvin starts investigating on his own.

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Jul 27 2021

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The Survivor

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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.

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Aug 03 2021

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Bonus | Q&A

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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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Aug 10 2021

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The Chicago Connection

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Ben investigates some of the cold cases that Hargrove identified and explores Darren Vann's connection to killings in Chicago.

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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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Aug 17 2021

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New Confessions

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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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Aug 24 2021

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DNA

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What happened to the DNA evidence associated with Hargrove's list. And what happened to Gary's backlogged rape kits?

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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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Sep 01 2021

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Introducing: Le Monstre from TenderfootTV

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Hi, Algorithm fans! Since you enjoy Tenderfoot TV podcasts, we're happy to introduce you to Le Monstre, the newest TFTV true crime series you won't want to miss. However, you don't have to just take our word for it. Check out this trailer to decide for yourself!

About Le Monstre: In the 80s and 90s, a serial killer, pedophile, and kidnapper, Marc Dutroux, terrorized the country of Belgium. His unspeakable crimes and the incompetence or unwillingness of law enforcement agencies to stop him brought the entire country of Belgium to the brink of revolution. With hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in protest. Le Monstre will tell the story of these crimes and their aftermath, known as the Dutroux Affair, in an attempt to address unanswered questions, and to hopefully bring closure to one of the darkest chapters in Belgium’s history.

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Aug 23 2022

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