Just wanted to share what is happening
in my hood lately!! I am in Ohio..
So that is Cleveland, Ohio..
This guy is being searched for and it sounds
like he is a serial killer too?
From this source..
Cleveland: 3 bodies found in home, possible remains of three others discovered late Friday
Updated: 10/31/2009 12:59:17 AM Posted: 10/29/2009 11:09:34 PM
Picture of Anthony Sowell..
CLEVELAND -- Three bodies and the remains of what are believed to be three others have been found inside an Imperial Avenue house and the home's
backyard. "We've taken a confirmed three bodies out of the home," said Cleveland Police spokesman, Lt. Thomas Stacho. "With the assistance
of the coroner's office, we've removed what we believe are the remains of three additional victims."
The U.S. Marshals Service has paired deputies with Cleveland police officers in a massive manhunt to locate Anthony Sowell, a convicted rapist and registered sex offender who lived at the home.
Two rewards, totalling $12,000, are now available for his capture.
Lt. Stacho said that the bodies and remains appear to be in differing states of decomposition.
"We had a doctor from the natural history museum out here doing some tests to try and help the coroner's office determine when these people died," Stacho said.
Thursday night, Cleveland police discovered two decomposed bodies and a freshly dug grave at the house while attempting to serve a warrant on Sowell for felonious assault and rape.
Late Friday afternoon, police confirmed a third body was found in the freshly dug grave in the basement. Police say two of the bodies were those of women.
Friday evening, the remains of what is believed to be two more people were discovered in an upper floor of the home at 12205 Imperial Avenue.
Sex crime investigators also dug up a shallow grave in the backyard of the home, revealing the remains of a potential sixth body found at the home.
Sowell, 50, reportedly lived at the house with an aunt and uncle, but no one has seen the relatives in awhile.
Sowell is wanted for the rape and felonious assault of a neighbor last month. He is a registered sex offender who served 15 years in an Ohio penitentiary for rape. He was released from prison in 2005.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 and the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of Sowell.
"He's at the top of our list," says Drew Deserto, Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal. "Our guys are going non-stop now since this case was referred to us."
"This is the type of guy that this Task Force was created for," Deserto tells WKYC. "We have officers from many different departments, bringing everybody's talents together, to search not just the City of Cleveland, but Cuyahoga County, the State of Ohio and anywhere else he wants to go. We'll continue to hunt him down and find him."
Sowell wears eyeglasses and frequently wears a mustache and, occasionally, a beard. He is also known to frequent area scrap metal yards.
People in the neighborhood wondered about the identity of the bodies in Sowell's house. Family and friends of Nancy Cobbs feared one of them might be Cobbs, who has been missing since April.
"I just need to know if it's her," sobbed Kyana Hunt, Cobbs' daughter, who held up a flyer which has been circulating in the neighborhood, seeking information about the missing woman who was last seen walking to a store on April 23.
Denise Patton, a relative of Cobbs said, "When we heard about something like this so close to him, we kind of figure that's it. That's my worst fear."
"She (Cobbs) only lived one street away and no one has heard from her, and that's not like her."
The identity of the bodies found in the house on Imperial Avenue had not yet been established Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information on Sowell's whereabouts is asked to contact the Cleveland Police Sex Crimes Unit at (216) 623-5630, or the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Hotline at 1-866-4-WANTED.
© 2009 WKYC-TV
Police: Sowell In Custody After 6 Bodies Found At Home
POSTED: 9:59 pm EDT October 29, 2009
UPDATED: 3:37 pm EDT October 31, 2009
CLEVELAND -- The manhunt for a convicted rapist is over. Police took Anthony Sowell in custoday just after noon Saturday.
A citizen called police after seeing Sowell on Manor Avenue.
Police responded and found Sowell walking a block away on Mt. Auburn. Sowell was arrested without incident.
Cleveland police said they found 6 decomposing bodies in his home on Imperial Avenue.
Police said the department's sex crime unit was serving a sexual assault warrant for Sowell at the home Thursday night when they discovered the bodies.
The coroner's office is still attempting to establish age, race and gender of the decedents and to affix manner and cause of death.
Forensics teams and a cadaver dog were brought to the home and found signs of human remains in the basement, police said.
Police said Sowell was wanted in connection with an attack on a female that occurred at the Imperial Avenue home on Sept. 26.
Police said Sowell invited the victim over for beers and then tried to rape her.
Sowell is a registered sex offender and spent 15 years in prison for rape. He wears eyeglasses and frequently wears a mustache and occasionally a beard. He is known to walk the streets "scrapping" and frequents area scrap metal yards.
A neighbor told NewsChannel5 that she picked Sowell up from his sister's house Thursday night and was driving him back to his house when they noticed the police activity. The neighbor said Sowell told her to let him out of the vehicle at that point and then took off.
Another neighbor said that for several months he had noticed a strong odor in the neighborhood.
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4 more bodies were found in the backyard
and a human skull was found in the
basement wrapped in paper in a bucket.
I saw this on the news...
Police discover 10 victims at Anthony Sowell's home
By Mark Puente, The Plain Dealer
November 03, 2009, 4:45PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police have discovered three bodies and the remains of a fourth this afternoon at the home of Anthony Sowell, bringing the total body count to 10.
Sowell's home on Imperial Avenue now ranks among the deadliest crime scenes in Cleveland history.
Sowell, 50, was charged with five counts of aggravated murder even as workers continued finding more bodies in his back yard.
A heated tent is being installed in the back yard so crews can work through the night.
Police, coroner and fire personnel are at the home, along with a dump truck.
Police have scheduled a news conference for 6 p.m. Crews started digging this afternoon, two days after they had stopped searching for bodies.
Sowell is being held on suspicion of murder after police found six decomposing bodies in his home. The bodies were scattered througout the home, including buried in a shallow grave in the basement, in crawl spaces and left in the home.
A search warrant obtained over the weekend gave police permission take apart the home brick by brick if necessary, police sources said.
Ohio woman: I got away from serial killing suspect
By VICKI SMITH and MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press Writers Vicki Smith And Meghan Barr, Associated Press Writers - 1 hr 57 mins ago
CLEVELAND - Suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell seemed like a "civilized person" on the April evening that Tanja Doss went up to his third-floor bedroom for a beer - until, she said, he leapt up and began choking her and threatening to kill her.
The 43-year-old woman told The Associated Press on Thursday that she survived a night of terror through a combination of calm and cajoling, prayer and trickery. But when she escaped the next morning, she didn't tell police. Her past conviction on a drug charge, she said, made it unlikely they'd take her seriously.
"Now, I feel bad about it," she said, "because my best friend might be one of the bodies."
Police and a cadaver dog re-entered the home Thursday where Sowell apparently lived among the reeking, rotting corpses of 10 women and the paper-wrapped skull of another in a basement bucket. The ex-Marine, who served 15 years in prison for attempted rape, is being held without bail on five aggravated murder charges.
Just days after her own escape, Doss was helping search for her friend Nancy Cobbs. Now Cobbs is among about two dozen missing women whose friends and family fear fell victim to Sowell.
Only three of the victims have been identified so far - Tonia Carmichael, 52, of Warrensville Heights; Telacia Fortson, 31, of Cleveland; and Tishana Culver, 31, also of Cleveland.
Doss believes she only narrowly escaped the fate of those dug up from Sowell's yard.
She had met Sowell in 2005, after his prison release, but didn't know the real reason for his sentence. She found him to be "a civilized person, sitting outside drinking beer, a nice person." So she didn't hesitate to join him for a drink.
"And then he just clicked. I'm sitting on the corner of the bed and he just leaped up and came over and started choking me," she said. Shocked, Doss said she lay back and tried not to struggle. "He said, 'If you want to live, knock three times on the floor.' And I knocked on the floor."
Still holding her throat, he told her using several profanities that she could be "dead in the street" and no one would care.
Sowell made her strip and lay on the bed, she said, but did not attempt to rape her. Doss said she curled up in a ball and tried to talk him down, saying things like, "Why you gotta act like that?"
Then she prayed to herself, and eventually, both fell asleep. She awoke in the morning with Sowell acting as if nothing had happened, she said, asking whether she wanted something from the store.
She picked up her cell phone and pretended to call her daughter, then claimed her granddaughter had the flu. When Sowell left for the store, she went in the other direction.
She didn't report the confrontation because "my background ain't squeaky clean," she said.
Now, it's all she can think about.
"It goes through my mind all the time," she said. "Every time I think about it, I start shaking."
When Cobbs disappeared - four days after her 44th birthday on April 20 - Doss didn't think about Sowell as she helped search abandoned buildings and post fliers.
It wasn't until Monday, three days after bodies had begun turning up, that Doss finally went to police.
Sowell also faces charges of rape, felonious assault and kidnapping after a Sept. 22 attack on a woman at his home. A message left with the county public defender's office was not returned Thursday.
A court document based on a 2005 interview with Sowell said the chances of him sexually assaulting another woman were supposed to be low, a newspaper reported Thursday night.
The interview was done for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court to determine whether Sowell was a sexual predator, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland said. It's standard procedure for sex offenders just released from prison.
The evaluation said that of 100 offenders with criminal histories similar to Sowell's, six would commit another sex crime within five years of being released. But the report cautioned that the estimates do not directly correspond to the individual but to the person's risk group.
Sowell said during the court interview that a woman gave birth to his daughter in 1978. He also said got married in 1981 and divorced in 1985.
Near Sowell's home, a plywood memorial hangs from a chain link fence, the word MISSING stenciled in black. Five stuffed animals and an artificial rose adorn the sign, which holds fliers showing 13 missing women and three men.
The fliers reflects not just fears that their bodies might be on Sowell's property, but also community members' frustrations with how they say police treat missing-persons reports from their downtrodden neighborhood.
Some of the missing are women who lived on society's fringe. Some were active or recovering drug users. Some had gone to jail, producing criminal records their families believe are the reason police didn't take their disappearances seriously.
Cleveland City Councilman Zach Reed, at a rally with two dozen clergy members, said people should stop stereotyping those who might have ended up in Sowell's house of horrors.
"I want us to stop this conversation that they were crackheads, they were this and that," he said. "They were people."
Michelle Mason lived near Sowell's neighborhood and rarely went longer than two days without talking to her family. After a few days of silence in October 2008, the family went to police.
"Because my sister had a prior arrest history, they kind of didn't take it seriously," Mary Mason said.
But Michelle Mason had stopped collecting and cashing her Social Security checks. Before her disappearance, she had just paid her rent and her cell phone bill. Her apartment was left as if she intended to return.
"We tried to convince them with everything in us that this was not normal, and they tried to convince with everything they had that it was," Mary Mason said.
On a second visit to police, Michelle Mason's sons were told there are "thousands of Michelles in the city," and that officers didn't have the time or the manpower to hunt for them all.
"It was taken almost as a joke, that she was just this kind of person. Her drug use was years behind her. But they pull her up on that computer, and they say, 'She's a nobody,'" Mary Mason said. "She's not a nobody."
Associated Press writers John Seewer and Thomas J. Sheeran contributed to this report.
East Cleveland: Did serial killer also strike in 1989?Michael O'Mara Updated: 11/6/2009 12:21:15 AM Posted: 11/5/2009 10:51:02 PM
CLEVELAND -- It was a wave of violence that had East Cleveland detectives working overtime back in the late 80's. They called the cases the "Strawberry Murders." The victims were all women who were addicted to drugs and alcohol. Police believe they were easy targets for a predator.
Cynde Telford was living on the streets of East Cleveland at that time and knew several of the victims.
Telford said, "one of my friends was eight months pregnant when she was strangled in an abandoned building. And that's when they first started calling them the "Strawberry Killings."
Now 20 years later, the East Cleveland detectives are dusting off those old files because they realize the unsolved murders stopped when suspected serial killer, Anthony Sowell, went to prison for raping an East Cleveland woman.
East Cleveland Chief of Police Ralph Spotts said, "Now this kind of modus operandi with the female victims who were possibly all involved in problems and situations with drugs and alcohol. So now we have a little more to go with and a little more to look at."
Many residents are already pointing at one prime suspect for the unsolved murders --- Anthony Sowell.
East Cleveland City Councilman Nathaniel Martin said, "there could be a connection between the "Strawberry Murders" and this particular person. I think that's a high probability."
Martin added,"it's obvious to me that this particular person, wherever he's been, he's killed. And I think he's gotten away with it for a long long time and it's finally come full circle."
East Cleveland community activist Art McCoy nodded his head in agreement. "When it's over you'll find out that this guy has killed many more women," said McCoy. "He's been doing this for quite some time, whether it's in East Cleveland or other places."
East Cleveland Police Chief Spotts has now assigned a team of detectives to review the cold case murder files.
Said Chief Spotts, "now that we do have that information, we can tie it together and hopefully get some closure to it."
For Cynde Telford, the search for answers to the murder of her friends is personal.
"I could have been one of them," said Telford, wiping away tears. "It's terrible. They need to check into whether Sowell killed all them women. It doesn't matter what they did. They didn't deserve to die like that."
© 2009 WKYC-TV
8th, 9th Imperial Avenue Victims Identified
POSTED: 3:21 pm EST November 9, 2009
UPDATED: 8:09 pm EST November 9, 2009
CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County coroner's office have identified the eighth and ninth victims in the Imperial Avenue slaying, Cleveland police said
Homicide Unit detectives and members of Mental Health Service's Violent Loss Response Team made notifications to the families of 48-year-old Janice D. Webb and 44-year-old Kim Yvette Smith, both of Cleveland.
Webb lived in the 9800 block of Manor Avenue in Cleveland, but had recently been living in Lakewood. Webb was reported missing to Cleveland Police on Aug. 2. She was last seen on June 3.
Although Cleveland Police checked with friends and relatives, at area hospitals and shelters, and at the morgue following Webb's disappearance, no further leads or information was found regarding her whereabouts.
Smith lived on Shaker Boulevard and was not reported missing to Cleveland police until Nov. 2 She was last seen on Jan. 1.
The coroner's office positively identified three other victims over the weekend: 47-year-old Amelda Hunter, 38-year-old Crystal Dozier and 45-year-old Michelle Mason, all of Cleveland.
Hunter lived in the 3200 block of East 137th Street. Her family reported her missing on Nov. 3, indicating that she was last seen on or about April 18, 2009.
Dozier, of Kinsman Avenue, was not reported as a missing person at the time of the discovery of the victims' bodies. She was reportedly last seen in October 2007.
Mason lived in the 2900 block of East 121st Street. She was reported missing in Cleveland on Oct. 12, 2008 by her mother, who stated that she last saw her daughter on or about Oct. 4, 2008.
At that time, it was reported to Cleveland police that Mason suffered from bipolar disorder and that she was not taking her prescribed medications.
Checks were made in Cleveland and in Garfield but the extensive investigative effort failed to provide any insight into her location.
Police notified the family of 43-year-old Nancy Cobbs Friday afternoon, telling them that she was among the Imperial Avenue victims.
Tishana Culver, 31, was identified Thursday by the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office. Culver, who also lived on Imperial Avenue, was not reported as a missing person, police said. Culver was the mother to four children. The children live with their grandparents on Imperial Avenue. DNA was not used to identify Culver.
Another woman was Telacia Fortson, 31, of East Cleveland. She was the mother of three young children and had been missing since May 31.
Her family said they initially filed a missing persons report with East Cleveland police during the summer and then contacted Cleveland's 4th District on Sunday.
Tonia Carmichael, 52, of Warrensville Heights, was the first woman identified. Her body was one of the first six discovered in the back yard of the home.
Meanwhile, Sowell was indicted Monday by a grand jury in connection with the assault and rape of a 36-year-old woman in September.
It was the investigation of this alleged attack that led police to Sowell's home and the discovery of 11 slain women.
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Suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell's home captivates neighbors, Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Nearly two weeks after the discoveries of 11 dead woman at a home on Imperial Avenue, the crimes that occurred at Anthony Sowell's
home still captivate a neighborhood and a city desperate for answers.
Scores of onlookers flocked to the house Monday, some snarling traffic as they stopped their cars in the street to gawk or snap pictures on cell phones. Others stood staring, looking for something to help them heal. Some walked just a few steps out of their front doors. Others drove from other parts of the region.
"I couldn't believe that it actually happened," said Ella Settles, who owns Brownie's Beauty Salon off East 109th Street and stopped to see the neighborhood. "My heart bleeds."
Derrick Childs, who grew up on Imperial, agreed: "People are out here because they care. That's why. They care about other people."
The healing, however, grows more difficult as each day brings new sorrow. Authorities on Monday identified Janice Webb, 49, of Lakewood, and Kim Yvette Smith, 44, of Cleveland, as two more victims found dead at Sowell's home.
Police said Sowell, 50, raped and strangled women at his home. City prosecutors charged him with killing five women, but more charges are expected. Eleven women's bodies have been found, and nine women have been identified.
A Cuyahoga County grand jury on Monday indicted Sowell on charges of kidnapping to engage in a sex act, rape, felonious assault and attempted murder. The charges come with violent offender and sexual predator specifications.
They stem from a Sept. 22 incident when Sowell lured a 36-year-old woman to his house on Imperial Avenue to drink malt liquor with him. Sowell later used an extension cord to choke the women until she passed out and raped her, prosecutors said.
About noon Monday, dozens of residents watched as authorities brought cadaver dogs to the neighborhood. First, the dogs searched the abandoned Lafayette Elementary School on East 125th and Abell, a block from Sowell's home.
The dogs walked over broken glass and cracked sidewalks and through a rotting, wooden door to enter the building that closed as a city school in 1995. It is now owned by a church.
"I've seen people on top of the roof, pulling things off," said Jannifer Taylor, who lives across the street from the school. "The building stinks. There's rodents, rats. People throw garbage there at all times of the day."
Detectives spent about 15 minutes inside and then went to the home next to Sowell's, which was being renovated. There, they searched for about 20 minutes and came out. Officers said they wanted to make sure there was nothing in the house and building. In each place, they found nothing.
FBI evidence technicians followed, taking photos of the area beneath Sowell's porch and behind his home. They left about 45 minutes later.
Inez Killingsworth of Cleveland stood with some friends as the agents left.
"People are hurting; they need to come out," she said. "They feel the pain."
Lanette Sellers of Cleveland also felt pain as she looked at Sowell's home. She said that for 15 years, she was a crack cocaine addict. She has been sober for eight years.
"That could have been me," she said. "He could have lured me up there real easy if he had drugs or alcohol."
Some came to the house because it has become part of the city's lore. They wanted some insight into the man police suspect of being a serial killer. The onlookers ask some of the same questions as police. How did Sowell live among them so long without arousing neighbors' suspicions?
Police are looking into every aspect of his life, including his work as a "scrapper." Sowell made a few dollars selling brass, copper and aluminum items to scrap yards on Cleveland's East Side.
An employee at JBI Scrap Processors on East 55th Street said on Monday that computer records show that Sowell had been to his yard four times since the first of the year and had sold about $70 worth of metal.
The employee said he recalled seeing Sowell standing in his building drinking the free coffee that JBI offers to customers.
"I just remember him as a lonely, lonely guy," said the employee, who would not give his name.
Employees at several scrap yards said Cleveland police had been by during the last week to glean what ever information they could on Sowell. One of the yards police visited was Advance Iron & Metal Co. on Quincy Ave. near East 72nd Street.
An employees at Advance who identified himself only as Wally said he checked the company's files and found a photocopy of Sowell's state identification card after hearing the news about the grisly discovery at Sowell's Imperial Avenue home.