Computer algorithm helps reopen dozens of Chicago cold cases

CHICAGO Ill. – A computer algorithm has helped reopen dozens of Chicago cold cases by finding similarities in the slayings of more than 50 women.

The victims were mostly black women who were strangled or suffocated since 2001. The Murder Accountability Project ran thousands of homicides through a computer. It returned a collection of strikingly similar cases.

Now detectives are reviewing old evidence and looking for new clues. The renewed investigation offers hope to the victims’ relatives.

The bodies were found in some of Chicago’s most derelict places: alleys, abandoned buildings, weed-choked lots and garbage containers. Authorities believed many of the dead were prostitutes or drug addicts or both. There was evidence of sexual attacks, and some of victims were naked or wearing torn clothes.

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