Algorithm

Algorithm

iHeartRadio and TenderfootTV

True Crime

10 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.


  • 27 JUL 2021
    8 | Marvin and Teaira
    37m 17s

    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 tw...

  • 20 JUL 2021
    7 | Red Flags
    34m 18s

    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 r...

  • 13 JUL 2021
    6 | Vann's Early Crimes
    35m 13s

    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...

  • 06 JUL 2021
    5 | The Death March
    38m 59s

    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...

  • 29 JUN 2021
    4 | The Suspect
    39m 4s

    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-...

  • 22 JUN 2021
    3 | Cold Cases
    37m 20s

    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. A...

  • 15 JUN 2021
    2 | The Algorithm
    39m 10s

    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 unusua...

  • 15 JUN 2021
    1 | Afrikka Didn't Need to Die
    37m 17s

    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....

  • 08 JUN 2021
    Trailer: Algorithm
    2m 9s

    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.iheartpodca...

  • 28 MAY 2021
    Teaser: Algorithm
    1m 36s

    Can an algorithm connect cold cases -- and help catch a modern serial killer? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com