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    (Cleveland, OH) -- Cleveland police have found ten bodies at the home of Anthony Sowell and are looking for more.

    He was arraigned today on five counts of aggravated murder after police found six bodies buried in his basement last week.

    Police Chief Michael McGrath said crews used a backhoe to dig up four more decomposing bodies in Sowell's backyard.

    Investigators also found a skull wrapped in a paper bag stashed in the basement.

    McGrath said crews will basically take Sowell's home apart in their search for possibly more bodies.

    The house on Cleveland's east side has become one of the deadliest crime scenes in the city's history.

    Police say the six victims discovered last week are all female and the coroner determined most were strangled to death.

    As for a possible motive in this horrific case, McGrath said, quote, "it appears this man had an insatiable appetite that he had to fill." Police also are reviewing missing persons reports dating back to June 2005, when Sowell was released from prison.

    He had served 15 years on a rape conviction.
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  • #2
    I believe this is up to ELEVEN bodies now.

    Makes me shiver.
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    • #3
      This is very disturbing. News coverage surrounding it, also bothers me. I've noticed a few news agencies trying to place partial blame on the Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Department.
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      • #4
        I noticed that too. The police didn't investigate because the first victim was a drug user so the rest of the victims are on them. According to the daughter anyway.


        • #5
          How did they catch on to this serial killer?


          • #6
            Originally posted by LM20 View Post
            How did they catch on to this serial killer?
            "The first bodies were found Thursday night when police went to Sowell's home to arrest him on new charges of rape and felonious assault, but he wasn't there."

            I'm not sure that is completely 100% accurate, but that is what a news source here is saying.
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            • #7
              A lot of people dropped the ball on this, here is an update:


              Anthony Sowell was considered unlikely to attack again in 2005 evaluation
              By Gabriel Baird
              November 05, 2009, 9:00PM

              CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The chances of Anthony Sowell sexually assaulting another woman after serving 15 years in prison for attempted rape were supposed to be low.

              That was the conclusion of the report evaluating him three months after his June 2005 release from prisons.

              The report, reviewed by The Plain Dealer, appears to be horribly wrong. The bodies of 11 women have been unearthed at Sowell's home on Imperial Avenue on Cleveland's southeast side. He is in jail facing aggravated murder and rape charges.

              The report was done for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court to evaluate whether Sowell was a sexual predator.

              It also provides the most detailed history of Sowell's life from his childhood in Cleveland through his time in prison for sexually assaulting a pregnant woman in East Cleveland in 1989.

              The evaluation is standard procedure for sex offenders just out of prison. It said that of 100 offenders with criminal histories like Sowell's, only six would commit another sex crime within five years of being released.

              But the report cautioned: "These estimates do not directly correspond to the recidivism of an individual offender but to the risk group in which they fall."

              This conclusion was reached after reviewing Sowell's history and interviewing him for 90 minutes on Sept. 1, 2005.

              Sowell arrived early for the interview. He was coherent, cooperative and polite, showing no signs of mental illness.

              "Initially, the defendant complained bitterly about the sexual predator evaluation and hearing process," the report says. "This dissipated after the defendant engaged in the interview."

              As the interview progressed Sowell painted a picture of his past.

              He was born into a working-class Cleveland home in 1959. His father was a construction worker who moved out while his son was still an infant, leaving the child's mother, who worked for a dry cleaner, to raise him and a younger sister.

              Sowell had friends, but other children teased and bullied him. He didn't participate in organized sports, but played with other neighborhood children, according to the report.

              He took shop classes at Shaw High but didn't have enough credits to graduate by the end of his senior year.

              He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1978.

              Nine months later, a local woman gave birth to Sowell's daughter.

              He spent time in North Carolina, California and Okinawa, Japan with the Marines. He took some GED classes and worked as an electrician.

              He married a fellow Marine in 1981.

              At one point, he went AWOL for two months. His discipline included being knocked down in rank.

              He was a sergeant in 1985 when he received an honorable discharge. That same year, he and his wife divorced.

              During the interview, Sowell was about his sexual habits.

              Sowell went to strip clubs, looked at pornographic magazines and watched pornographic videos. He said he lost his virginity at age 17 and estimated he had been with "more than 50" women since then.

              During the nearly five years between the military and prison, Sowell had at least six drinks nearly every day. Sometimes, he started drinking when he woke up. At times, he would lose control or black out.

              "He acknowledged having family problems and increased aggressiveness when drinking," the report said.

              Sowell was convicted of domestic violence when he was 28. Two years later, in 1989, he said police suspected him of aggravated burglary, but didn't have enough evidence to charge him.

              Sowell said he was drinking the night he committed the crime that would land him in prison.

              He went to a motel on Euclid Avenue and told woman he knew from around the neighborhood that her boyfriend wanted him to take her to his place.

              The woman, who was pregnant at the time, told police he bound, gagged and raped her.

              He was charged with kidnapping, attempted rape and rape. In the interview he said he pleaded guilty because he didn't have a "good defense" in the case.

              He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1990. While inside, he worked as an assembler, cook, electrician, food cart attendant, porter and a yard crewman. He also got his GED.

              He also completed the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous program along with programs for anger management, drug awareness, positive personality change.

              He applied to a sexual offender treatment program in 1993, but wasn't accepted because he denied he had committed a sex crime.

              To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: [email protected], 216-999-583


              • #8
                Just another candidate for a throat slashing in my opinion...


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