Anthony Sowell, an Ohio serial killer that has been convicted of murdering 11 women, awaits sentencing next Monday. Many of the victims families’ have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the city of Cleveland, stating the police failed to properly investigate the women’s disappearances because of their history of drug abuse or poor economic standing. Sowell had buried the women’s remains in his house and backyard.
The women began disappearing in 2007, but police did not find the bodies until 2009 when a woman said she was raped in Sowell’s home. Most of the women found in his house had missing person reports weeks or months old. Sowell has since been indicted on 82 charges, including attempted murder, attempted rape, and kidnapping against three other women who managed to escape.