House of Horrors

House of Horrors

The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler

eBook - 2012
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To his neighbors on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony Sowell was a quiet and helpful former Marine who played chess and hosted summer barbeques in his front yard. But there was a dark side to Sowell-and a horrific secret inside his house. In mid-2007, Crystal Dozier, 38, made plans to visit Sowell. She was never seen again. Over the next two years, ten more Cleveland women disappeared. Their families filed missing persons reports. Police say their search efforts were hampered by the women's transient lifestyles. But the families say police considered their loved ones "disposable" and didn't take their disappearances seriously. On October 29, 2009, a SWAT team entered Sowell's house to arrest him on a sexual assault charge. Nearly overcome by the stench of decaying flesh, police encountered a nightmarish scene: a skull was found in the basement and the remains of eleven women were scattered throughout the house and buried in the backyard. Sowell, a sexual sadist, had lured his victims to his personal House of Horrors with promises of drugs and alcohol. He then raped, tortured, and strangled them... and lived among their rotting corpses. Five other women were attacked by Sowell but lived to tell their stories. After a dramatic trial in the summer of 2011, Sowell, 52, was convicted of 11 murders and sentenced to death. He is currently awaiting execution at the Chillicothe, Ohio, Correctional Institution. Cleveland journalist Robert Sberna brings readers into the mind of the killer through interviews with Sowell's surviving victims and exclusive death row interviews with Sowell himself.
Publisher: [United States] : Kent State University Press : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
ISBN: 1612777325
9781612777320
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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grouchykitty
Mar 09, 2016

Not a bad book. It is well organized, but it's redundant sometimes. I liked that this book took the time to humanize the victims. There was a nice mix of story telling, investigative writing and insight into the mind of Sowell and the lives of his victims. I wonder if all of the quotes are authentic because it seems that lawyers, coroners, reporters and law enforcement officials are as eloquent as prisoners and crackheads. It was interesting to see how racism, drug abuse and destroyed social structures allowed Sowell to kill so many for so long a period of time.

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