Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Convicted Ohio Rapist May Be Serial Killer

A convicted rapist in Ohio may have been far more evil than previously believed. Anthony Sowell spent 15 years in prison after a rape conviction in 1989. He was released from prison in 2005.

It now looks like Sowell is a serial killer, with at least 10 bodies recovered from his home in Cleveland. He has been charged with aggravated murder in five cases thus far, and more charges are pending. Authorities are now examining missing persons records to see if any of the cases are connected to Sowell.

Law enforcement is coming under scrutiny for their actions as well, since Sowell may have raped a woman after he was released from prison, and it took police 37 days to actually pay a visit to Sowell's residence.
Thirty-seven days passed between the time a woman told police Anthony Sowell choked and raped her in his house and when police went to Imperial Avenue to arrest him.

That time gap has raised the question -- among the crowds of neighbors gathered outside Sowell's home, victims' advocates and at least one city councilman -- if more could have been done to track Sowell, whom police charged Tuesday with five counts of aggravated murder for some of the people found dead at his home.

"I'm not going to point fingers but at the end of the day, someone clearly dropped the ball," Councilman Zack Reed said Tuesday.
Then, there's the issue of the stench that emanated from Sowell's residence. Some neighbors thought that the smell was actually from a food processing plant nearby, but it now appears that the smell was from rotting victims found in and around Sowell's property. No one, law enforcement included, thought that the smell was from decomposing victims.

His parole officers have to be questioning themselves as well, since they simply called on him to see if he was still at the residence, and never actually entered the home.

Police are now looking at vacant lots and buildings in the vicinity to see if Sowell disposed of more bodies in the area. Cadaver dogs and the fire department are also being used to search for remains in Sowell's residence.

Sowell is a one man crime spree.

No bond for Sowell. You think?

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