Tuesday, July 23, 2013

UPDATE Anthony Sowell, Part 2: Is There a New Serial Killer in Town?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Michael Madison
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  • Michael Madison

UPDATE:

The body of the second victim of the East Cleveland murders has been identified as Shetisha Sheeley. Her body was found inside a garage around Hayden and Shaw avenues over the weekend, 19 Action News reported.

The identity of the third victim is still undetermined.

UPDATE:

The man suspected of murdering 3 Cleveland women has officially been charged, police reported on Monday.

Michael Madison, 35, made his first court appearance earlier this morning and was charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping and murder. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and did not enter a plea. His bond was set at $6M.

The body of one of Madison's alleged victims was also identified this morning as 38-year-old Angela Deskins. She was last seen on June 7 and was identified by her fingerprints, 19 Action News reported.

The medical examiner said the other two bodies were in stages of advanced decomposition and are not currently identifiable, NewsNet5 reported.

The search for additional bodies has been suspended after officials and volunteers scoured over 40 vacated homes on Cleveland's east side over the weekend.

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Just when it seemed that a convicted Cleveland serial killer was a thing of our city's dark and gloomy past, the name Anthony Sowell crops up again this weekend in an ongoing search for bodies on the east side.

Convicted sex offender, Michael Madison, 35, is currently behind bars as a suspect in the murders of three women. East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton reportedly told the Associated Press that there is reason to believe that Madison is linked to the deaths and that he may have taken a leaf out of convicted killer Anthony Sowell's book, CBS News reported.

In case you haven't yet heard, the body of a woman was found wrapped in a garbage bag on Friday afternoon near Shaw and Hayden avenues when local residents reported smelling a foul odor in the nearby area.

The discovery of the body led to a standoff between police and Madison, who eventually surrendered. Interviews with the suspect drew police back to the area on Saturday where they found two more bodies in garbage bags- one in a backyard and the other in the basement of an unoccupied house.

The interviews also led police to believe that the suspect may have been influenced by Sowell, who infamously disposed of the bodies of his victims in trash bags.

"[Madison] said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence," Norton told The Associated Press. He failed to give specifics.

A man who was recently incarcerated with Madison told 19 Action News that the suspect revealed he admired the convicted Sowell.

"Yeah, he said he respected him," Brandon Trussell of Cleveland said.

Sowell was arrested in Oct. 2009 after a woman escaped from his Imperial Avenue home and alerted authorities that she had been held against her will and raped. Shortly after, police found the bodies of 11 women wrapped in garbage bags scattered throughout Sowell's home and backyard.

In the months after his arrest, Sowell was described by prosecutors in court papers as "the worst offender in the history of Cuyahoga County and arguably the State of Ohio," Fox News reported.

Sowell, now 53, was convicted on July 22, 2011- exactly two years ago tomorrow- and was sentenced to death. He is currently appealing his sentence.

Madison, however, is still awaiting charges as authorities believe that more bodies may appear and searches are still underway.

The three cadavers that have been discovered were found approximately 100-200 yards apart. The victims have been identified as black females, and authorities believe they were killed six to 10 days ago. Their bodies were found in the fetal position.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office released the following information earlier today:

"The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office confirms that three bodies have been received from the vicinity of Hayden and Shaw Avenues in East Cleveland. All three of the decedents are female and in states of advanced decomposition.

Because of this, identification and final cause of death may take several days. Working with East Cleveland Police Department, we are actively pursuing both and will make them available as soon as possible.

We are not currently requesting families of missing persons to submit DNA specimens as part of the identification process but we will advise the public should this step become necessary."

More to come as the story develops.

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