Suspect in three Cleveland killings may have been inspired by 2011 serial killer: ‘There may be more bodies’
The first woman to be found was described as 5’3 and 110 pounds, according to Cleveland.com
A second victim was discovered 150 feet from the carport where the first victim as found. She was in a lot with heavy weeds. Norton said she had a tattoo of a pink flower with green leaves on her left thigh.
The third woman was found in a basement of a vacant house adjacent to the overgrown lot.
A man accused of murdering three women and hiding their bodies in plastic bags across East Cleveland told police he was inspired by a notorious serial killer who plagued the area two years ago, officers claim.
Registered sex offender Michael Madison, 35, was arrested in connection with the murders on Friday.
A woman’s body was found on Friday in a garage and two other bodies were found on Saturday – one in a nearby backyard and the other in the basement of a vacant house.
The search is continuing for further bodies today as police believe there may be more victims among the neighborhoods many vacant houses.East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts told searchers he believes there could be one or two more victims, according to the Associated Press.
Spotts told volunteers searching the neighborhood’s vacant homes to be alert for the smell of rotting, the AP reported.
Police said the three bodies found were female, but they do not yet know the identities of any of the victims or the cause of death. All of the women were black and each body was wrapped in four or five plastic bags. The bodies have been sent to the coroner’s office.
All three women are believed to have been killed in the last six to 10 days but are decomposed to the point that the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner told media Sunday that determining ‘identification and final cause of death may take several days’ and will be made available as soon as possible.
Madison was arrested after a two-and-a-half hour standoff with police on Friday.
East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said that Madison said during police questioning that Sowell might have inspired the killings and told investigators there may be more bodies.
‘He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence,’ Norton told the AP.
Police connected Madison to the murders after one of the bodies was found next to a car he was driving, according to WOIO. The suspected killer was arrested at his mother’s house a short distance away after a two and a half hour standoff.
A man in prison with Madison during the alleged killer’s four-year sentence for attempted rape told WOIO that Madison admired Sowell. Madison served time from 2002 to 2006 after agreeing to a plea deal for attempted rape after being charged with attempted rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping with sexual motivation in connection with a 2001 attack on a local woman, according to court records.
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