In September 2009, a report was made to police that a woman had been raped. The victim knew her attacker and named him as Anthony Sowell. After getting a warrant to arrest him, in October 2009, police went to his home. There was no sign of Sowell, but police found two dead bodies in his living room.
After further investigations, four more bodies were found in his home. They also found a human skull in a bucket. In the garden they found three more bodies and the remains of a fourth. Nearly all the victims had been strangled.
Anthony Sowell's known victims were -
- Crystal Dozier 35
- Tishana Culver 31
- Leshanda Long 25
- Michelle Mason 45
- Tonia Carmichael 53
- Nancy Cobbs 43
- Amelda Hunter 47
- Telacia Fortson 31
- Janice Webb 49
- Kim Yvette Smith 44
- Diane Turner 38
History of Anthony Sowell
Sowell was one of seven children. There have been reports that he was violent towards his siblings and even abused his niece.
Anthony Sowell was in the Marine Corps from 1978, when he was 19, until 1985. During his time in the Marines he was awarded several commendations.
In 1989 he attacked a pregnant woman, he was charged with rape, attempted rape and kidnapping. He pled guilty to the attempted rape charge and served 15 years in prison.
After his release in 2005, he worked in a factory for a couple of years.
Trial Appeal and Sentence
Anthony Sowell was charged with over 70 counts of kidnapping, rape, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. He was also charged with aggravated murder for each of the eleven victims. The trial was delayed several times, eventually in 2011 he was convicted on all charges except two. Anthony Sowell was sentenced to die and sent to death row.
Sowell got new lawyers who appealed against the verdict and sentence. Included in the reasons for an appeal they said Sowell had not received a fair trial because of media coverage and that he didn't have adequate legal representation.
His appeal was rejected and he is currently still on death row.
This is a truly shocking case, these women were basically overlooked because they had problems. I don't know how he got away with it for as long as he did. It wasn't like he lived in the middle of nowhere, eleven women missing and killed, there bodies just left in and around his home and nobody noticed a thing. The women who he raped but lived to tell, didn't tell mainly through fear of not being believed, I find this absolutely dreadful no matter what issues you have no one should ever be made to feel like they won't be believed. Watching the documentary was a real eye opener, listening to survivor's telling their stories and how a man in the neighbourhood spoke about these poor women.
Anthony Sowell's house has been demolished and he is currently waiting for his death sentence to be carried out. In my opinion that day can't come soon enough, that monster should never be able to hurt anyone else again.
I would be really interested in hearing people's views on this case let me know in the comments.