Anthony Sowell, Ohio Serial Killer Sentenced to Death for Murdering 11 Women, Dies in Prison at 61

Surrounded by sheriff’s deputies, Anthony Sowell was arraigned on rape, kidnapping, attempted murder and felonious assault charges in Cleveland in November 2009. (Credit…Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

Anthony Sowell, who terrorized the city of Cleveland with a macabre series of murders and hid the decomposing bodies of 11 Black women at his home, died on Monday of an undisclosed terminal illness, a spokeswoman for Ohio’s corrections agency said. He was 61.

Mr. Sowell, who had been on death row since 2011, was admitted last month to an end-of-life care unit at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, a facility run by the Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, the spokeswoman, JoEllen Smith, said in an email on Monday night. She did not elaborate on Mr. Sowell’s medical diagnosis, other than to say that it was not Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Mr. Sowell had been designated a “sexually violent predator” by the criminal justice system in Ohio after being convicted in 2011 of 11 counts of murder, as well as attempted murder, kidnapping, rape, assault and corpse abuse.

The decomposing bodies of the victims were found in Mr. Sowell’s house and in his yard on the city’s East Side.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Neil Vigdor

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