Chicago reopens dozens of cold cases with aid of computer algorithm

Police in Chicago are reviewing a series of cold cases involving the murders of black women using a computer algorithm and aided by a national nonprofit, according to The Associated Press.

The Murder Accountability Project, which analyzes data about homicides in general and unsolved cases in particular, studied thousands of Windy City homicides and identified 51 similar cases involving black women who were strangled and left in the city’s lowest-income areas, according to the AP.

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"When you put the narratives together ... it just screams serial killer,” Thomas Hargrove, the founder of the project, told the news service.

The analysis also found a three-year period between February 2014 and June 2017 in which killings fitting the pattern stopped, which Hargrove said prompted the project to push police to look for “a guy not available to murder women in Chicago during those three years … we think that could explain the hiatus. And now he’s back, or they’re back, out there.”

Under pressure from activists, Chicago detectives have reportedly begun reexamining the evidence and documentation in the deaths, and Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushChicago reopens dozens of cold cases with aid of computer algorithm House Dems propose billions in extra funding for environmental programs that Trump sought to cut A crucial lesson from the carnage in Sri Lanka MORE (D-Ill.), whose district was the site where many of the bodies were found, is calling on the FBI to join the investigation as well.

Police, however, said that DNA evidence in 21 of the homicides belonged to 21 distinct people and have not yet reported any breakthroughs in the cases.

Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told the AP a killer “skipping the white prostitutes to kill the black ones, that doesn’t make sense” but added that he would not be surprised to discover “there were multiple bad guys that did more than one.”