Thomas Hargrove spent decades reporting for the Scripps Howard News Service — until he was abruptly laid off in 2015. Then things got interesting: Court battles, destroyed records, and an algorithm that just might be able to spot serial killers.

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EPISODE NOTES

Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.

  • Visit the Murder Accountability Project’s website: murderdata.org. You can find Thomas’ contact information on the site.
  • Members only: Download “Murder Mysteries,” Thomas’ series for the Scripps Howard News Service.
  • Members only: Download “How to find a serial killer,” a 2011 tipsheet from Thomas Hargrove.

 

CREDITS

Blake Nelson reported this story. He also drew our episode artwork. IRE’s Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.

 

MUSIC

Running on Empty (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

A1 Rogue (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Vanagon (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

In My Head (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Awanee (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0