Serial killer series prompts police to re-open investigations

Police in Ohio and Indiana have launched new murder investigations after a Scripps Howard News Service investigation revealed dozens of clusters of unsolved killings of women nationwide that are likely the work of serial killers. Also, authorities in Nevada acknowledge they are hunting a serial killer, although the public has not been told that the unsolved murders of up to seven women are connected. Through analysis of over 525,000 murders in America, Thomas Hargrove created a database that crime experts say is the most complete accounting of homicide victims ever assembled in the United States. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Hargrove obtained details about 15,000 murders never reported to the FBI. Hargrove also created a Serial Killer Detector, a computer algorithm that flags potential serial killings. Using the Detector, readers and viewers can sort through a database of 185,000 unsolved murders to determine for themselves if serial killers are at work in their communities.


This is the site for the Serial Killer Detector from Scripps News.

I am a bit skeptical about the SK Detector. I think intentions are good but I wonder how much can really be gained. I have to admit that I do not know enough about computer programs to really know how useful it could / will be.
According to this it has already helped maybe.
I tried to get results for New Orleans and it was confusing at best.

    • jocuri desene
    • December 22nd, 2010

    Man, that was a really well written article.

  1. wow…185,000 unsolved murders? Incredible. But I love when an unsolved cold case gets solved. It has inspired me to go back to college for a Forensic Scientist degree.

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog! After reading yours, you might enjoy a series of articles I am writing about the unsolved Villisca Axe Murders of 1912. If you would like to read it, it’s at You can get to both my blog and the articles by going directly to my website .

    I don’t mean to bring this up out of the blue, but like I said, it seems we share the same fasination with true crime stories and bazarre murder cases so I really thought you might enjoy reading it.

    I just noticed your list on the right “Louisiana Mass Murder” uhmmmm….I’ll have to check that out!

    Thanks again!

    AJ Carroll

    • Congrats on returning to school! I would love to see your notes!
      I enjoy reading your blog. I did click on the link but the article was not there yet.
      Soon? I hope.
      The Louisiana Murders case is an ongoing investigation of possible (imo, probable) serial murders in Jennings Louisiana.
      Any insight you might have please let me know.
      : )

    • A4
    • May 29th, 2011

    The two “dumpers” they mention i was wondering whether were the one of the same – for NV route 159 severer and Kansas City strangler but either way 159 could have meant “junk mail” and KC could mean “wrong phone number” if its writing on them , however not much of the victim final status is described.

    Strange too that info! I thought federal cases were given direct access to everything anyhow. With computing its not whether the info is there its whether both the user and the computer both coherently understand the query and the data as the same language through data typing.

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