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Sex Offender Confesses to 1 Cleveland Murder: Cops

And 1 of the 3 victims is identified

(Newser) - Police tell WKYC that Michael Madison, the registered sex offender suspected in the murders of three women in Cleveland, has confessed to one of the killings. He was charged with three counts of aggravated murder today, CBS News reports, and his bail has been set at $6 million. Meanwhile, one... More »

Foul Odor Led Cleveland Cops to Bodies

Michael Madison named as suspect, as police call off search

(Newser) - Police responding to a report of a foul odor ultimately discovered three women's bodies in East Cleveland—one in a garage, another in a backyard, and the last in an empty home's basement, say police. But after a weekend spent hunting for more—and searching 40 abandoned homes... More »

3 Bodies Found in Ohio as Cops Search for More

Sex offender in custody indicated influence of serial killer Sowell

(Newser) - Ohio cops have recovered the bodies of three women—found wrapped in the fetal position in garbage bags within a few hundred yards of each other in East Cleveland—and today they're expanding the search for more victims. Police have a 35-year-old registered sex offender in custody, though his... More »

Ohio Serial Killer Convicted of Murdering 11 Women

Anthony Sowell now faces the death penalty

(Newser) - An ex-Marine and newly convicted serial killer who had the bodies of 11 women in his Cleveland home will face the death penalty. Anthony Sowell , 51, was convicted of aggravated murder after a three-day jury deliberation, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer . Now the trial moves into the mitigation phase during... More »

Trial Opens for Alleged Ohio Serial Killer

Anthony Sowell accused of killing 11 women between 2007 and 2009

(Newser) - Jury selection began today in the trial of an ex-Marine and convicted sex offender charged with killing 11 women and hiding their remains in his Cleveland home and backyard. The discovery of the bodies in Anthony Sowell's home ignited an uproar directed at the city's police department. Some... More »

Cleveland's Accused Serial Killer Pleads Insanity

Anthony Sowell is charged with killing 11 women

(Newser) - Alleged serial killer Anthony Sowell pleaded insanity this morning as he was arraigned by video in the deaths of 11 women and assaults on three others in Cleveland. Sowell, 50, looked calmly into the camera, offering only brief polite responses as the judge read his rights and plea. Sowell will... More »

Cleveland's 'Monster' Rapist Indicted in 11 Murders

Prosecutors plan to seek death penalty for Anthony Sowell

(Newser) - Cleveland rapist Anthony Sowell is a monster who brutalized women and murdered 11 of them, a prosecutor said yesterday. He announced an 85-count indictment against the suspected serial killer, including 11 counts of murder and multiple counts of assault, kidnapping, rape, and abusing a corpse. Police found a skull and... More »

Ohio Woman Tipped Cops to Sowell Last Year

Said she fought, fled his attack; allegations were dismissed

(Newser) - A Cleveland woman says she was assaulted by accused murderer Anthony Sowell last December in a struggle that left her blood at his house—but after she narrowly escaped and went to the police, authorities believed him instead of her. In the ensuing months, five more women went missing. Wade... More »

Police Find 11th Body at Rapist's House

First victim identified, a 53-year-old woman missing for a year

(Newser) - Cleveland police found another body at the home of convicted rapist Anthony Sowell, bringing the total to 11. Law enforcement also identified the first victim found as 53-year-old Tonia Carmichael, who went missing last November. "We expected the worst when these bodies starting popping up," a relative tells... More »

Police Find 4 More Bodies at Rapist's Home

Anthony Sowell has been charged with 5 counts of murder so far

(Newser) - Police found four more bodies today at the home of a convicted rapist in Cleveland, bringing the total to 10. Authorities also charged Anthony Sowell with five counts of aggravated murder, sources tell the Plain Dealer . Crews will spend the night digging up Sowell's yard in search of more victims.... More »

Rapist Lived Openly Among Rotting Victims

Anthony Sowell reeked

(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... More »

Six in Rapist's House Were Murdered, Women: Coroner

Still no IDs, partly due to advanced decomposition

(Newser) - All six bodies found in the Cleveland home of a convicted rapist were female, and all were apparently strangled, police say. None of the victims found at the home of Anthony Sowell has been identified, a coroner's spokesman said today, and relatives of missing women have been coming forward to... More »

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