Anthony Sowell the serial killer from Ohio who murdered eleven women died in prison, February 8 2011, from a terminal illness. Anthony Sowell who was arrested in 2009 after police served a search warrant on his home and found the remains of two bodies. After an extensive search of his Ohio residence police would find the remains of nine more woman. In 2011 Anthony Sowell would be convicted and sentenced to death. According to news reports his death was not COVID related.
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Anthony Sowell Background
Anthony Sowell grew up in East Cleveland one of seven children to a single mother. When his sister would pass away her seven children would move into the residence. According to family members Anthony Sowell would rape on of his nieces for more than two years and according to sources other male members of the Sowell household were doing the same thing.
Anthony Sowell would join the military when he was in the Marines for seven years.
In 1989 Anthony Sowell would be arrested and charged after a woman went to police saying she was tied up and sexually assaulted by Sowell. Sowell would be convicted of attempted rape and kidnapping and would serve fifteen years in prison getting out in 2005.
Once out of prison Anthony Sowell would work in a factory and collect scrap metal for money. Sowell would also join online dating sites looking for a submissive partner.
A woman Anthony Sowell was dating in 2008 mentioned to police that the residence smelled like decaying bodies.
In 2009 a woman was raped, beaten and kidnapped and when she was able to flee she went to the police who went to Anthony Sowell residence and found the first two decaying bodies. A further search would reveal nine more corpses.
Anthony Sowell Convictions
After a long investigation Anthony Sowell would be tied to eleven murders and a series of sexual assaults and kidnappings. In the end Sowell would be convicted of:
Three Counts Of Attempted Murder
Two Counts Of Kidnapping
Four Counts Of Sexual Assault
One Count Of Attempted Sexual Assault
Eleven Counts Of Abuse Of A Corspe
Eleven Counts Of Tampering With Evidence
Anthony Sowell would be convicted and sentenced to death on July 22, 2011
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The man convicted of killing 11 women and leaving their bodies around his house in Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood died on Monday.
Anthony Sowell, 61, was incarcerated at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Corrections said he was receiving end-of-life care at the Franklin Medical Center for a terminal illness. He died Monday afternoon. It was not COVID-19 related.
Cleveland police were investigating a rape case against Sowell when they searched his house on Imperial Avenue and discovered two bodies on Oct. 29, 2009. Over the next several days, investigators worked to uncover and identify the remains of 11 women: Tonia Carmichael, Nancy Cobbs, Tishana Culver, Crystal Dozier, Telacia Fortson, Amelda Hunter, Leshanda Long, Michelle Mason, Kim Yvette Smith, Diane Turner and Janice Webb.
Nearly two years later, a Cuyahoga County jury found Sowell guilty on 81 counts, including aggravated murder and kidnapping. He was also convicted of attacking three other women who survived. He was sentenced to death, but continued to appeal as recently as last May.
The state prison system notified the families of his death.
“I am glad he is dead. God made it happen. I will never ever ever forgive him,” said Donnita Carmichael, daughter of Tonia Carmichael.
“We can go on because he’s dead. We don’t have to hear about him any more,” said Joann Moore, sister of Janice Webb.
Anthony Sowell More News
An Ohio serial killer who strangled women and hid their corpses in and around his Cleveland home has died in state prison, an official said.Anthony Sowell, 61, died Monday afternoon after being admitted to an end-of-life care unit at the Ohio prison system’s Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, state corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.Sowell had a terminal illness that was not related to Covid-19, Smith said.Sowell was convicted in 2011 of numerous charges including kidnapping, aggravated murder and abuse of corpses in connection with the deaths of 11 African American women in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County from 2007 to 2009.Police found the first two bodies in his attic in October 2009 after investigating a woman’s complaint that he had assaulted her.They were the first of 11 sets of remains police would eventually discover on the property. Most of the women — ranging in age from 25 to 52 — were strangled by ligature, and at least one was strangled by hand, authorities said.Sowell, a former Marine, was sentenced to death in August 2011.