Did Michael Madison copy serial killer Anthony Sowell?

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EAST CLEVELAND -- The discovery of three women's bodies in East Cleveland this weekend conjures up the recent memory of convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said Sunday that the suspect in the three murders -- convicted sex offender Michael Madison, 35 -- may have been influenced by Anthony Sowell.

Madison, who was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted rape in 2002, threatened about a month ago to attack women in the same fashion as Sowell, said Eric Wilson, a neighbor.

Norton wasn't specific about what kind of "influence" Sowell may have had or what was referenced in the interviews.

"He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence," Norton also told the media.

Norton also said all of the bodies found were black women killed within the last 6-10 days.

Neighbors in the Shaw/Hayden avenues area in East Cleveland reported a foul odor Friday and police discovered a woman's body in a garbage bag in a garage.

That led to a standoff a few hours later in Cleveland (near the City of Euclid border) on Chickasaw Avenue where Madison eventually surrendered.

Interviews with Madison and "lots of reasons" from what he said brought police back to East Cleveland Saturday, where they found two more bodies in garbage bags --- one in a backyard, the other in the basement of an abandoned home. The search continued Sunday with no more bodies found.

Monday afternoon, police confirmed that one of the bodies is Angela Deskins, 35, who was reported missing June 7. The other two bodies are badly decomposed and have not been identified.

Sowell's bodies were also wrapped in garbage bags.  All of his victims were black women. Madison and Sowell bear more than a passing resemblance to each other.

On Oct. 31, 2009, Sowell was arrested after a woman escaped from his Imperial Avenue house weeks earlier and said she had been raped there.

On Oct. 29-30, 2009, police found the mostly nude bodies of 11 women wrapped in garbage bags and plastic sheets throughout the home.

Two bodies were found in the living room, four other women were found throughout the home, buried in a shallow grave in the basement and in crawl spaces in the house. After digging in the backyard, investigators found three more bodies and the remains of a fourth.

Police also found a human skull in a bucket inside the house, which brought the body count to 11.

Sowell, now 53, was found guilty two years ago today in 2011 -- July 22, 2011 -- and sentenced to death. He is appealing his sentence, saying he didn't get a fair trial because of extensive media coverage.

They charged Madison with three counts of aggravated murder and three counts of kidnapping late Monday morning.


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