THE STORY OF CHICAGO'S UNKNOWN SERIAL KILLER

THE CHICAGO 51

51 women murdered, 0 answers
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BY THE NUMBERS

Dating back to 2001, 51 women have been strangled and their killers walk free. The women are predominantly black and have died outdoors on Chicago's south, far south, and west sides.

In 2019, the non-profit organization The Murder Accountability Project (MAP) published a report detailing similarities in the 51 deaths and flagging Chicago's low clearance rate for female strangulation. MAP believes these similarities suggest a serial killer is at large in Chicago.

This is the story of Chicago's 51 women whose lives ended with out an answer. This is the story of how the words "serial killer" have become synonymous with their tragic ends. This is the story of how we can't stop talking about them and asking for answers.

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Data provided by The Murder Accountability Project.

 

VOICES

A story told in six parts
Episode 1
The Data

Thomas Hargrove

The Murder Accountability Project

Episode 2
The Families

Riccardo Holyfield

Family Member/God's Gorilla's

Episode 3
The Community

Pastor Corey Brooks

New Beginnings Church/Project HOOD

Episode 4
The Police

John Escalante

Former Interim Supt., CPD

Episode 5
The Activist

Tio Hardiman

The Violence Interrupters

Episode 6
The Real Serial Killer

Brandi Vigil

Loyola University Chicago

 

LEAVE YOUR MARK

Email the mayor

Click here to be directed to the City Hall website.

Support God's Gorillas

God's Gorillas is a non-profit organization run by Riccardo Holyfield. Click here to find out how to help.

Email CPD

Click here to be directed to the Chicago Police Dept. website.

Support Violence Interrupters

Violence Interrupters is run by Tio Hardiman. Click here to find out how to help.

Support the Murder Accountability Project

MAP is run by Thomas Hargrove. Click here to find out how to help.

Support Project Hood

Project Hood is run by Pastor Corey Brooks. Click here to find out how to help.

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