Sowell Murders: Ohio Serial Killer May Have Killed More

    July 22, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Police have arrested a man in connection with the three bodies found in East Cleveland over the weekend, and they say they fear they’ll find more victims before the investigation is over.

35-year old Michael Madison put a garage rental in his name, which is how authorities tracked him down after one of the bodies was found inside. The other two victims were found in a nearby abandoned home and in a field, respectively. Police haven’t identified them, but all three appear to be young black women who were wrapped in plastic. Decomposition has made it extremely difficult to gather much information on the victims before autopsies take place.

Investigators say Madison appears to have been influenced by Anthony Sowell, the convicted serial killer who murdered 11 women in Cuyahoga, Ohio in 2010. The victims’ remains were found in Sowell’s home on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland, and residents in the neighborhood say that the stigma of what happened there has made it difficult to remain on the street.

“Would your kids play in that park? Would you eat or plant anything that came from a community garden grown on that soil? I don’t think so,” said Donnita Carmichael, whose mother Tonia Carmichael was one of Sowell’s victims.

Now the city is facing another long road paved with grief and mystery as investigators seek out more potential victims of the copycat killer.

“Unfortunately, this is a sick individual who appears to have been influenced by another sick individual,” East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said. “If he had been out for one more hour, there’s no telling what would have happened.”

Volunteers have joined officers on a house-to-house search for anyone who might have information regarding the victims or missing persons. Police Chief Ralph Spotts said they won’t rest until they turn over every stone.

“We’re still not satisfied. There’s a possibility there may be something else,” Spotts told WEWS. “So we’re going to exhaust everything we have to make sure that — hopefully — we don’t find anything else.”

  • http://yahoo dathisfeet

    He killed 3 black women and he is a black man… But is this racial profiling? Is he profiling black women? hummm

  • Humm

    Now two serial killers have surfaced, how many more will crawl out of the wood work? Both so young. It seems to me that there are more due to how many women and are missing from the cleveland, Oh area. To name a few: The newest Olivia Hill 3/31/13, Gloria Walker 5/07, Jonni Perkins 5/01, Christine Brock 8/2000, Christia Adkins 1/95, Shirellda Terry 7/13, Marie Hullum 10/12,Sandra Cotton 9/12, Minerva Tripp 8/12, Venessa Satos 10/11, Christina Kleckner 10/11, Christina Chambers 7/11, Jackie Lombardi 3/11. If i missed any missing women please excuse me and be sure to mention them on this site. There are alot of years, all races, all ages. All beautiful in there own way. Families need answers here. The sad reality is they are taken and kept right under the our noses. I pray god brings answers to all the greeving families.I know all to well the feeling of having a missing loved one. My sister Kimberly Jones vanished on 2/3/2009 from Wva. Keep hope and pray often & never give up.