Rapist Lived Openly Among Rotting Victims

Anthony Sowell reeked
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 3, 2009 5:11 AM CST
Anthony Sowell was arrested after cops found six women's bodies in his Cleveland home.   (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department)
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(Newser) – The Ohio rapist arrested in the strangulation of six women lived openly among their rotting corpses in his home, according to cops. Bodies were found exposed in bedrooms and the living room. Officers said the stench was overpowering. "Not a pretty sight inside the home," said a Cleveland police spokesman. Neighbors said Anthony Sowell's own repellent smell made their eyes water, the New York Daily News reports.

"He came to my store last week and reeked so bad, I had to open the doors," said a local store owner. "I asked why he stunk. He shrugged, bought his beer and walked out." Sowell, 50, dutifully visited his parole officer on a rape conviction while the women disappeared.