Three Bodies Found Wrapped in Plastic Bags in East Cleveland, OH … Suspect Arrested … (Michael Madison) is a Registered Sex Offender & Served Time in Prison
Another Ohio House of Horrors …
Three bodies have been found wrapped in plastic bags in a Cleveland suburb of East Cleveland, Ohio. One woman’s body was found Friday in a garage and two other bodies were found Saturday, one in a backyard and the other in the basement of a vacant house. The bodies have been sent to the coroners office for identification. According to authorities, all three people are believed to have been killed in the last six to 10 days. A a 35 year old man was arrested and is a suspect in all three deaths. He is also a registered sex offender and has previously served time in prison. What a shocker. The search continues to determine whether there are more bodies.
Registered Sex Offender Michael Madison arrested
Three bodies have been found wrapped in plastic bags in a Cleveland suburb and police will continue a search for possibly more victims Sunday, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said.
The bodies were found about 100 to 200 yards apart and a 35-year-old man was arrested and is a suspect in all three deaths, although he has not yet been charged, Norton said late Saturday.
The suspect is a registered sex offender and has served prison time, the mayor said. In police interviews, the man led them to believe he might have been influenced by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell, Norton said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence,” the mayor said.
UPDATE I: East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton told the AP that the suspect might have been influenced by serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing 11 women and then hiding their remains around his Cleveland home.
UPDATE II: Identification of the bodies found. According to East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, all of the victims appear to be black woman.
Norton said each woman was black. They were wrapped in four or five plastic bags. It is estimated all were killed within the last 10 days. He said identifications have not been made and the cause of death has not been determined in any instance.
The first woman was found in a carport Friday morning near the corner of Hayden and Shaw avenues. Norton described the woman as 5’3, 110 pounds.
The other two women were found Saturday afternoon.
One was discovered in a lot heavy with weeds about 150 feet from the carport. The mayor said that woman had a tattoo of a pink flower with green leaves on her left thigh.
The third woman was found in the basement of a home on East 139th Street, adjacent to the weedy lot. The house is vacant. Norton said it appeared the woman may have been thrown through a window into the basement.
The third woman was wearing a purple top, with a leopard pattern.
The FOX 8 I-Team has learned that court records from East Cleveland Municipal Court and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court show 35-year-old Michael Madison has had numerous run-ins with the law, dating back to 1999.
His most serious came in 2001, when he was arrested by East Cleveland police and then indicted on charges of attempted rape, gross sexual imposition, and kidnapping with a sexual motivation specification. He ended up striking a plea deal in February of 2002 and plead guilty to the one charge of attempted rape. He was sentenced to four years in prison.
UPDATE IV: Search widens for Ohio killer’s victims.