This man above is Anthony Sowell – 50 – he was in jail after pleading guilty to rape in a 1989 case and was sentenced in 1990 and released in 2005. This man now living at home, becomes a suspect in yet another rape. Authorities from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office checked on Anthony Sowell regularly and last checked on him September 22 to confirm his address and found no problems, McGrath said. About a month ago he became a suspect after a witness accuses him of rape and assault. After the investigation they get a warrant to go into his home and find 5 discomposing female bodies, later 4 more were found outside the home. Investigation is still taking place, as they take down walls and everything possible inside his home. A skull wrapped in a bag was also found in a bucket in the basement.
They can’t confirm who these girls are, they will have to run specific DNA testing to find out who they are. They are said to try and do everything to get these women identified so that the families can rest in piece.
Authorities charged Sowell, with five counts of aggravated murder Tuesday afternoon, police said. He was also charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping. His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
They said that the first six bodies found last week were all African-American women and five of them had been strangled, Police Chief McGrath said.
“I can imagine how families feel who have reported a missing person, and the anxiety that they are going through,” Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said. “And we want to assure them as soon as we know something they will be the first to know.”
Neighbors had no clue who this man truly was or what he was doing in his own house.
Cases like these are the ones that truly make you think. Make you wonder if you really know your neighbor. Makes you a little more careful to walk alone at night. These stories aren’t made up in movies, they come from real life situations. Real life crazy people, people who walk the streets, and drive right next you. People we pretend don’t exist to make our lives a little easier to understand. Unfortunately they do exist and these people are the ones that need to stay behind bars. It’s wonderful that they caught him before more innocent women had to die, but 10 women lay there now, hoping their families find them to put them down to rest. My heart goes out to these families.
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