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44-D’s True Crime: Anthony Sowell–Ohio Cops Find Eleven Bodies At Rapist’s Home

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Smell permeated Cleveland neighborhood where 11 bodies found, residents say

Anthony Sowell's home was the source of an odor that permeated the neighborhood, police say.

Anthony Sowell's home was the source of an odor that permeated the neighborhood, police say.

CNN—The smell permeated the neighborhood, turning the stomachs of residents and curtailing their outdoor activities.

We used to think that it was coming from out of Ray’s Sausage,” said one resident. “But you smell these smells, and I live right there and … we used to come out here and oh, these smells would just be horrible.”

Ray’s Sausage Co. replaced a sewer line and grease traps, trying to rid the area of the stench. But Ray’s wasn’t to blame after all. Instead, police said, the foul odor had a much more sinister source.

Eleven victims have been found inside and outside a home adjacent to Ray’s — six inside and five outside. A skull, wrapped in a paper bag and stuffed into a bucket in the basement, apparently is all that remains of one of the 11 victims, authorities said Wednesday.

Anthony Sowell appears in court on Wednesday with public defender Kathleen Demetz.

Anthony Sowell appears in court on Wednesday with public defender Kathleen Demetz.

The home’s inhabitant, Anthony Sowell, 50, is a registered sex offender. Now, Sowell is facing five counts of aggravated murder, rape, felonious assault and kidnapping, police said. A judge on Wednesday denied bond for him, saying the latest allegations against him are “gruesome” and the “most serious” he has heard in his years on the bench.

Seven of the victims died from strangulation by a ligature, said Frank Miller, Cuyahoga County coroner. A ligature can include a string, cord or wire. All of the seven still had something tied around their necks, Miller told reporters.

An eighth victim died from manual strangulation — strangulation by hands. Two other bodies were too badly decomposed to determine the cause of death, although Miller said he believes they were victims of “homicidal violence.” Autopsy results on the 11th victim are pending.

It’s most likely strangulation in all cases,” Miller said.

Tonia Carmichael was 52 when she was last seen on November 10, 2008, according to police.

Tonia Carmichael was 52 when she was last seen on November 10, 2008, according to police.

The first victim was identified Wednesday as Tonia Carmichael, who was 52 when she was last seen on November 10, 2008, police said in a statement. Carmichael was identified using DNA. She disappeared from Warrensville Heights, a Cleveland suburb near Sowell’s home, and her vehicle was found in Cleveland.

In the missing persons report, obtained by CNN, Carmichael’s mother, Barbara, told police her daughter was addicted to crack and had previously disappeared for several days at a time. But she said she believed something had happened to her because she had not picked up two paychecks.

Tonia Carmichael’s daughter, Danita, told CNN’s sister network HLN the identification did not come as a surprise.

This is what I’ve been saying since Monday, when, you know, we were called to the coroner’s office and since this story broke, we automatically knew that this was going to be here,” Danita Carmichael said.

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TRMS: Online Auction to Raise Money for Doctor George Tiller’s Accused Killer

The Rachel Maddow ShowThe Rachel Maddow Show discovers friends of Scott Roeder, the man who allegedly murdered women’s health doctor George Tiller, is planning to auction off anti-abortion materials to raise money for his defense. Rachel Maddow is joined by Lee Thompson, the lawyer for George Tiller’s estate.

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44-D True Crime: Shattered Silence–The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter

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I’m the Daughter of a Serial Killer…

Melissa Jesperson Moore

Melissa Jesperson Moore

Throughout her life Melissa Jesperson Moore hid a part of her identity. She had pretended that life was perfect after her parents divorced and she was suddenly uprooted from everything familiar. She had to be silent and to pretend not to be disturbed when her father brutally strangled stray animals in front of her. These experiences prepared Melissa to hide the deepest, darkest secret of all……..

shatteredsilenceThen one day far from her hidden past her young daughter asked an innocent question,”Mommy…everybody’s got a daddy.Where’s your daddy?”

This was the starting point in her memoir, “Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter“.

Shattered Silence is an honest reflection of growing up with a sociopath as a father and having to relearn what ‘normal‘ was through observation of friends, outside family, and peers.

Who is Keith Hunter Jesperson?

Keith Hunter Jesperson

Keith Hunter Jesperson

Keith Hunter Jesperson (born April 6, 1955, Chilliwack, British Columbia) is a Canadian born American serial killer known as the “Happy Face Killer” for the smiley face he drew on his many letters to the media. Keith Hunter Jesperson was first arrested in 1995 for the murder of his girlfriend, Julie Ann Winningham, 41, of Camas.

In addition to his conviction for Winningham’s murder, Jesperson has been convicted of murdering four women in Oregon, California, and Wyoming. While Jesperson sat in the Clark County Jail for the murder of Julie Winningham, he began talking to his attorney, Thomas Phelan, about other crimes that he had committed starting with Taunja Bennett. He is currently serving three consecutive life sentences at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. Learn more about Jeperson at the TrueTV Crime Library.

Another Book on Keith Hunter Jesperson

ithecreationofaserialkillermediumPrize-winning journalist Jack Olsen, armed with unprecedented access to one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a murderer in the killer’s own words . . .

In February 1990, Oregon State Police arrested John Sosnovke and Laverne Pavlinac for the vicious rape and murder of Taunja Bennet, a troubled 23-year-old who had been mildly mentally disabled since birth. Pavlinac had come forth and confessed, implicating her boyfriend and producing physical evidence that linked them to the crime. Authorities closed the case.

There was just one problem. They had the wrong people…

And the real killer wasn’t about to let anyone take credit for his kill. Keith Hunter Jesperson was a long haul truck driver and the murderer of eight women, including Taunja Bennet. As the case wound through police precincts and courts–ending in life sentences for both Sosnovke and Pavlinac–Jesperson began a twisted one man campaign to win their release.

Happy Face Murders, the 1999 movie

happyfacemurderposterAn eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young mentally disabled girl. Absorbed with “Murder She Wrote” and “Matlock“, she creates details of the murder from clues she picks up from the detectives (Marg Helgenberger, Henry Thomas) on the case. Implicating herself and sentenced to jail, she then recants her testimony. But no one believes her until clues surface from the real killer that he is still out there, has killed before, and will kill again. He signs his messages with Happy Faces.

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