Cleveland Strangler Anthony Sowell dead – Beast who murdered 11 women and hid bodies in his home dies in prison at 61

SERIAL killer Anthony Sowell, who was convicted of killing close to a dozen women, has died in prison on Monday afternoon.

Sowell was sentenced to Chillicothe Correctional Institution after killing 11 women and leaving their bodies to rot around his Cleveland, Ohio home.


A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Corrections said Sowell was receiving end-of-life care for a terminal illness at the Franklin Medical Center, but emphasized it was not Covid-19 related.

Police in Cleveland were investigating Sowell for alleged rape when they entered his home in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of the city on October 29, 2009.

There, police found two bodies.

As police continued to search Sowell's home, they found and identified the remains of 11 women: Tonia Carmichael, Nancy Cobbs, Tishana Culver, Crystal Dozier, Telacia Fortson, Amelda Hunter, Leshanda Long, Michelle Mason, Kim Yvette Smith, Diane Turner and Janice Webb.

It wasn't until two years after the investigation that a Cuyahoga County jury found Sowell guilty on 81 counts, including aggravated murder and kidnapping.

Sowell was also convicted of attacking three other women who survived.

Sowell was sentenced to death, but continued to appeal until last May.

State prison officials notified the victims' families of his death.

"I am glad he is dead," said Tonia Carmichael's daughter Donnita Carmichael. "God made it happen. I will never ever ever forgive him."

"We can go on because he’s dead," said Janice Webb's sister Joann Moore. "We don’t have to hear about him anymore."

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