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What Happened at 12205 Imperial Avenue?

ClevelandOhioUnited States

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  • October 31st, 2009

    10 bodies discovered in the home of serial killer Anthony Sowell, AKA the Cleveland Strangler. Sowell invited a woman he knew to his home for a drink. On September 22, 2009 she reported to police that after a few drinks, he became angry, hit her, choked her and raped her as she passed out. On October 29, police arrived at his home with a warrant to arrest him for the alleged rape. He was not there, but they found two bodies on the floor in the living room. He was located and arrested two days later. The bodies of four other women were found throughout the home, buried in a shallow grave in the basement and in crawl spaces in the house. After digging in the backyard, investigators found three more bodies and the remains of a fourth. Police also found a human skull in a bucket inside the house, which brought the body count to eleven. Most of the victims were killed by manual strangulation and many still had ligatures or gags on their bodies when they were discovered. Sowell also had at least three more rape victims that he had actually let live. All three never reported the attacks, due to their prior drug history or other personal reasons. Many victims were led to his property with an invitation to smoke crack cocaine with him. He was a known drug user throughout his neighborhood. Neighbors on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland, OH., complained of a foul stench around this clapboard house. The smell was largely blamed on a nearby sausage factory until the gruesome discovery.


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