Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Is Carla Bruni against a political comeback for Sarkozy?

Read more

DEBATE

Clone of Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part Two)

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part One)

Read more

ENCORE!

The French Maestro of Soul

Read more

FOCUS

US tobacco giants want lion's share of e-cigarette business

Read more

ENCORE!

Bold and bonkers: Kate Bush is back on stage

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Simon Serfaty, US foreign policy specialist

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'It's a War, Stupid!'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French PM calls on ECB to go further to help economy

Read more

  • UN backs inquiry of IS group’s alleged crimes in Iraq

    Read more

  • French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

    Read more

  • Obama calls for higher wages amid 'revving' US economy

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine’s children return to school as fighting rages on

    Read more

  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Read more

  • US urges Israel to reverse West Bank land seizure

    Read more

  • Lesotho PM calls for regional peacekeeping force after ‘coup’

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Paris apartment building blast

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Amerli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • French police arrest hungry hedgehog hunters

    Read more

  • Tripoli under control of militias, says government

    Read more

  • Monaco’s Falcao set for Man Utd loan on transfer deadline day

    Read more

  • Spain orders custody for parents of ill British boy

    Read more

  • Web doc on French self-immolation protests takes top prize

    Read more

Americas

Six women found dead in home of convicted Ohio rapist

Video by Carla WESTERHEIDE

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-11-01

The decomposed bodies of six women have been found in the Cleveland, Ohio, home of convicted rapist Anthony Sowell, who was arrested Saturday, the coroner conducting the autopsies said.

AFP - The decomposed bodies of six women were found in the Cleveland, Ohio home of a convicted rapist who was arrested Saturday, the coroner conducting the autopsies said.
  
"There is a total of six unidentified women," Cuyahoga County coroner Frank Miller told AFP, saying most of the victims found at the home of registered sex offender Anthony Sowell, 50, appeared to have been strangled.
  
Police earlier confirmed that three bodies were found at the home, and that the bodies of three more victims were believed to have been discovered.
  
Released in 2005 after spending years in prison for a 1989 rape, Sowell was arrested in his Cleveland neighborhood after a local resident recognized him and notified police.
  
He had been walking down a street and did not resist arrest, police said.
  
The first two bodies were found Thursday when a SWAT team entered the house with a search warrant, police chief Michael McGrath told reporters in a briefing aired by local media.
  
Further searches of the property led to the discovery of four more bodies for a total of six -- five in the home and one buried in a grave in the yard, Miller said.
  
"They were badly decomposed bodies," Miller added. Police, citing the coroner, earlier said some of the bodies may have been in the home up to six months.
  
While the coroner continued tests to try and establish the victims' identities, Cleveland police initiated a search of missing person records from June 2005, when Sowell was released after serving a 15-year prison term for rape.
  
Police asked members of the community who may have loved ones missing to come forward with photographs of the relatives in a bid to help the identification process.
  
Department Lieutenant Thomas Stacho said police searched Sowell's home because he was named as a suspect in a rape and assault case.
  
"It was such a disgusting sight" that homicide detectives discouraged Stacho from going into the house, he told CNN.
  
"I can tell you I stood outside the home for about an hour yesterday, and the stench from inside was overwhelming."
  
The United States has experienced several gruesome multiple murders in recent months, including a case in September in which a Florida man was charged with slaying his wife and five small children.
  
Also in September, police arrested an alleged serial killer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin whose DNA was found on nine women murdered over a 21-year period, eight of them prostitutes.

Date created : 2009-11-01

COMMENT(S)