Were Latest Cleveland Killings Influenced by 2009 Sowell Case?


For the second time in three months and the third time in four years, evidence of haunting crimes against women sprouted in one of Greater Cleveland's inner-city neighborhoods, reports the city’s Plain Dealer. Police here Sunday ended a weekend-long search for bodies near East 139th Street and Shaw Avenue, finding no victims besides the three discovered Friday and Saturday. It was a scene familiar for its landscape of abandoned homes, overgrown weeds and television cameras. The world was watching, as it did in May, when three young women were rescued from a Cleveland home after being missing for nearly a decade.

Sunday's scene, where three dead women were found wrapped in plastic bags, also brought reminders of Anthony Sowell, a serial killer from Cleveland's recent past. Michael Madison was arrested and is expected to be charged today in connection with the deaths. He indicated he was influenced by Sowell, captured in 2009 after killing 11 women and burying them in and around his home. Like Sowell, who is on death row, Madison, 35, was a registered sex offender at the time of his crimes.

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