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The Crimes of Anthony Sowell

Decomposing Bodies in His Home


Anthony Sowell

Anthony Sowell

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On October 29, 2009, police in Cleveland, Ohio went to the home of Anthony Sowell after a woman told police that he had raped her there. They found two decomposing bodies in the house. Subsequent searches turned up the remains of 10 bodies and a skull hidden in the home and buried in the yard.

Latest Developments

Jury Recommends Death for Anthony Sowell
Aug. 10, 2011
A Cleveland jury has voted to recommend the death penalty for a serial killer they convicted of murdering 11 women and keeping their remains around his house. Anthony Sowell was also convicted on charges of kidnapping and abusing corpses.

Sowell Guilty of 11 Murders
July 22, 2011
A jury has found an accused serial killer guilty of 84 of 85 counts against him, including 11 counts of first-degree murder. The same jury will next hear evidence in the penalty phase of the trial before deciding whether or not to recommend death for Anthony Sowell in the "House of Horrors" case.

Previous Developments

Sowell Jury Sees Graphic Photos
July 9, 2011
A jury that has already toured the Cleveland house where the decomposing bodies of 11 women were found saw graphic crime-scene photos of those decomposing bodies left among garbage in the home of Anthony Sowell. The women were killed between October 2007 and September 2009 and were not found until October 2009.

Jury Visits Sowell's 'House of Horrors'
June 27, 2011
Jurors toured the Cleveland house where police found 11 decomposing bodies as opening statements began the murder trial of accused serial killer Anthony Sowell. Wearing face masks, gloves and coverings over their shoes, the jury went through every room of the three-story building some have called the "House of Horrors."

Victims Relatives Want 'House of Horrors' Plea Deal
June 6, 2011
Some of the relatives of the 11 women killed by an accused serial killer in Cleveland are petitioning the district attorney to offer a plea deal to Anthony Sowell to avoid the trauma of a trial. The group said it wanted to avoid seeing Sowell's "horrendous criminal acts" play out in court.

'House of Horrors' Trial Begins Monday
June 1, 2011
A Cleveland judge has once again denied a defense motion to delay the trial of a man accused of killing 11 women and burying them around his home. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose denied Anthony Sowell's motion to give his attorneys more time to prepare for his murder trial.

One Neighborhood, Two Serial Killers
March 11, 2011
When detectives in Cleveland found 11 bodies in and around the home of accused serial killer Anthony Sowell, they could not shake the feeling that there could be more victims. A cold-case team was formed to investigate 75 unsolved homicides within a three-mile radius of Sowell's "House of Horrors" dating back to the 1980s.

2nd Judge Removed From Anthony Sowell Case
April 23, 2010
For the second time, a judge has been removed from the case of a man accused of killing 11 women in his Cleveland home. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold has been ordered to step down from the Anthony Sowell murder case after defense attorneys requested the removal.

'House of Death' Victims Were Strangled
April 2, 2010
Autopsy reports show that most of the 11 women whose decomposing bodies were found at the home of a Cleveland registered sex offender had been strangled to death with various ligatures. Accused serial killer Anthony Sowell has pleaded not guilty to 85 counts related to the assaults and deaths of the 11 women.

Accused Serial Killer Pleads Insanity
Dec. 2, 2009
A registered sex offender who is accused of killing 11 women and keeping their decomposing bodies in his home has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Anthony Sowell pleaded not guilty to all 85 counts in his indictment.

4 More Bodies Found in Rapist's Home
Nov. 4, 2009
Investigators found the remains of at least four more bodies at the Cleveland home of a convicted rapist and are continuing to search. Anthony Sowell, 50, who lives at the home, has been charged with five counts of aggravated murder so far.

Sex Offender Arrested After 6 Bodies Found
Oct. 29, 2009
A convicted rapist has been arrested after police acting on a tip found six decomposing bodies in his Cleveland, Ohio home. Anthony E. Sowell tried to flee and initially denied his identity when authorities tried to arrest him.

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