Serial killer suspect's letters being sold

CLEVELAND, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The ongoing sale of two letters written by suspected Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell appears to be legal under state law, authorities in Ohio say.

Insanity plea withdrawn in Sowell case

CLEVELAND, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A plea of innocent by reason of insanity was withdrawn from the case of a Cleveland man accused of killing 11 women, one of his attorneys confirms.

Accused serial killer's trial months off

CLEVELAND, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The trial of suspected Cleveland-area serial killer Anthony Sowell should begin in about three or four months, the judge in the case said.

Chance to save victims missed, police say

CLEVELAND, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Six victims of an alleged Cleveland serial killer might be alive today if police had followed up on an earlier assault complaint against him, authorities said.

Accused serial killer pleads insanity

CLEVELAND, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Cleveland man accused of killing 11 women and assaulting three others pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday, prosecutors said.

Sowell detectives search E. Cleveland home

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The FBI says it removed some items of potential interest Wednesday from a home in East Cleveland where accused mass-murderer Anthony Sowell once lived.

Sowell indicted in deaths of 11 women

CLEVELAND, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland man suspected of killing 11 women, was indicted Tuesday on charges that could carry a death sentence.

Search resumes at Cleveland killing house

CLEVELAND, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A search resumed Wednesday at the home of a Cleveland man where investigators have already found the bodies of 11 women, police said.

Woman: Police believed suspected killer

CLEVELAND, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Cleveland woman who claims she was assaulted by suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell says police didn't believe her story, taking his word over hers.

Suspected serial killer Sowell arraigned

CLEVELAND, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell was arraigned Friday on attempted murder, felonious assault and rape charges in a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, court.

Search resumes for serial killer's victims

CLEVELAND, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- FBI agents Wednesday resumed their search for more bodies around the home of suspected Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell.
Unsolved cases reviewed for link to Sowell

Unsolved cases reviewed for link to Sowell

JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Investigators near two North Carolina military bases say they're reviewing unsolved cases for any links to suspected Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell.

Experts: Cleveland killer a sexual sadist

CLEVELAND, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Evidence in the case of Cleveland's "Imperial Avenue Strangler" suggests he is a stereotypical sexual sadist, crime experts say.

Vigil held for Cleveland homicide victims

CLEVELAND, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A group of African-American clergy held a prayer vigil Sunday near a house in Cleveland where police say a sex offender kept the remains of 11 homicide victims.

Cleveland woman's kin holding out hope

CLEVELAND, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Relatives of a missing Cleveland woman say they remain hopeful she is not among the 11 victims of a suspected serial killer in the city.
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Anthony Edward Sowell (born August 19, 1959) is an American serial killer, identified in press reports as the "Cleveland Strangler". He was arrested in October 2009 as a suspect in the murders of eleven women whose bodies were discovered at his Cleveland, Ohio, duplex at 12205 Imperial Avenue, located in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.

Sowell was charged with 85 counts of murder, rape, and kidnapping; he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but later changed his plea to simply "not guilty". On July 22, 2011, he was convicted on all but two counts against him, including the murders of the eleven women whose bodies were found in his house in 2009. On August 10, jurors recommended the death penalty for Sowell. On August 12, Judge Dick Ambrose upheld the jury's recommendation.

Anthony Edward Sowell was raised in East Cleveland, one of three children born to single mother Claudia "Gertude" Garrison. Six other children belonging to Garrison's sister also lived in the household, having moved in after the death of their chronically ill mother. According to Sowell's niece, Garrison subjected the siblings to physical abuse while her own children watched from adjacent rooms. In one incident, Garrison forced her to strip naked in front of the other children, then whipped her with electrical cords until she bled. Sowell himself began raping his ten-year-old niece on an almost-daily basis for two years, starting at the age of eleven.

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