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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.

9 Episodes
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Teaser: Algorithm

Teaser: Algorithm

2021-05-2801:365

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

Trailer: Algorithm

2021-06-0802:091

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.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2 | The Algorithm

2 | The Algorithm

2021-06-1539:1610

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. Subscribe to Algorithm now, so you don't miss an episode and leave a review! This is a brand new show that could really use your help. Also, follow host Ben Kuebrich on Twitter for more information about the case. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
3 | Cold Cases

3 | Cold Cases

2021-06-2237:2213

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. And follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
4 | The Suspect

4 | The Suspect

2021-06-2939:0112

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-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
5 | The Death March

5 | The Death March

2021-07-0639:189

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
6 | Vann's Early Crimes

6 | Vann's Early Crimes

2021-07-1335:113

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
7 | Red Flags

7 | Red Flags

2021-07-2033:581

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 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Comments (29)

Anon

I really have been enjoying the podcast...I'm on episode 6. it has kept me interested & engaged. the beginning was a bit slow but it picked up & the last few episodes I felt the content was perfect. the voice on the other hand ...yes sometimes I almost couldn't bear it🙈🙈

Jul 22nd
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Jenny Fawcett

I can't decipher the audio in episode 6 at all. It's super scratchy and stuttering. Anyone else?

Jul 22nd
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derrick

i feel a bit bad adding to the constructive criticism, but with the name i was really wanting the podcast to be focused on the development and use of the algorithm across multiple places and offenders. this seems to be focused on only one killer. only one episode about the actual algorithm and fairly vague. still a bit interesting but not what i was expecting. i do not however have an issue with the voice of creator.

Jul 15th
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Jennifer Kanger

I can't understand the recorded interview either. The audio is scratchy and broken.

Jul 14th
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Leigh Smith

Anyone having to trouble with the audio? So scratchy I couldn't understand it.

Jul 13th
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Sara Krefors

I really wanna finish this podcast but I just can't handle his voice any longer. Whiney valley girl? Idk, I just can't.

Jul 13th
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Lane Thomas

The story is great, but the narrator's voice cadence drives me nuts!

Jul 10th
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Marchel Klawonn

I cannot stand this Podcasters voice. Ben, the material is fascinating. Your delivery of it with your voice and inflection is soooo annoying. Stop talking like a computer generated voice.

Jul 10th
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Beth Anway

I really enjoy this podcast!!! Agreed on the voice, but to me, the content overcomes the voice. I also like how it's presented. Thank you for your time and effort!

Jul 9th
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Rob Claypool

not that good kinda weird

Jul 7th
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rosannalovespanda

The content seems promising but the delivery is not quite on point. The narrator sounds like he’s falling asleep. This story would be better presented with a more matter-of fact, pointed tone.

Jul 7th
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Nate Osborne

im loving this podcast but for such short episodes there should be 15 mins of commercials its nuts

Jul 6th
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Steve Dronzewski

I made it 2 and a half minutes before unsubscribing. That voice. Like nails on a chalk board.

Jul 6th
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🤦🏽‍♀️🥵🤔🥴🥶🧐

The topic is amazing and the production is as well, I do agree the narrator’s voice is distracting. Interestingly, he speaks in a good tempo and pleasantly during his phone interview. I think if he used his conversational tone it would be great.

Jul 3rd
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mc.rage

is this guy a bot? there's zero inflection in his voice.

Jun 29th
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Adam Clemons

I'm about to drop this podcast. Listening to this guy is like listening to a male Kardashian.

Jun 22nd
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Astrid Stansted

Amazing job! Waiting for the next episodes!

Jun 16th
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