Three bodies, believed to be female, were found in a Cleveland suburb. They were wrapped in plastic, and discovered between 100 and 200 yards apart. An unidentified man has been arrested, but not charged at present.
Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said that the man is a registered sex offender, and has served time in prison. Conversations with the suspect led the mayor to believe that he may have been influenced by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.
“He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence,” the mayor said.
Sowell was convicted in 2011 of killing 11 women. Their mostly nude bodies were buried all over his yard. He murdered them between 2007, and 2009. He was brought to justice when a woman escaped from the home, and told police she had been raped.
Sowell’s victims ranged in age from 24 to 52. He had strangled most of them, but some had been decapitated. There were some whose bodies had composed so badly that the cause of death was uncertain. Police were able to determine that most were drug addicts, or recovering from addiction.
Sowell was sentenced to death.
Authorities said that one body was found in a garage Friday; two others were found Saturday, one in a backyard, and one in the basement of a vacant house.
The suspect surrendered to police after a short standoff on Friday. Although they did not identify him, they said he used his mother’s address to register as a sex offender.
Police are continuing to search vacant houses and yards in the area. They have concerns there may be more bodies. All three of the bodies were believed to have been slain in the last 10 days.
Mayor Norton said; “Hopefully, we pray to God, this is it,” he said.
For now, three bodies have been found in Cleveland, but police are fearful that there may be more.
Alfred James reporting