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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio A man possibly influenced by a serial killer was charged Monday with aggravated murder after three bodies wrapped in trash bags were found in suburban Cleveland.
Michael Madison, 35, was charged with three counts each of aggravated murder and kidnapping. He didn enter a plea at a brief court appearance Monday where bail was set at US$6 million. He also waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The other two bodies were too badly decomposed to identify. The medical examiner also said he couldn determine a cause Tommy Hilfiger Outlet Stores of death because of the bodies conditions.
Police and volunteers scoured about 40 empty homes Sunday until their search was suspended, with no immediate plans to resume, said East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts.
Asuspicious odour led to the discovery Friday of one body buried in a garage. Two others were found Saturday one in a backyard and the other in the basement of a vacant house.
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The bodies of the three women were all wrapped in plastic bags in fetal positions. “It didn’t look like a person could actually fit in the bag,” Spotts told residents and activists who gathered Sunday to search.
They’re part of the latest in a series of high profile cases involving the disappearance of women from the Cleveland area.
In 2009, Anthony Sowell was arrested after a woman escaped from his house and said she had been raped there. Police found the mostly nude bodies of 11 women throughout the home.
Sowell victims ranged in age from 24 to 52, all were recovering or current drug addicts and most died of strangulation; some had been decapitated, and others were so badly decomposed that coroners couldn say with certainty how they died.
He was found guilty in 2011 and sentenced to death.
In May, three women who vanished separately about a decade ago were found captive in a rundown house. The owner of the house, a former school bus driver, has pleaded not guilty to kidnap, rape and other crimes.
Madison threatened about a month ago to attack women in the same fashion as Sowell, said Eric Wilson, a neighbour who saw Madison frequently.
“He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape or form, Sowell might be an influence,” Norton told The Associated Press.
Madison was arrested Friday after a police standoff. A woman at a small white house at an address for Madison said the family was shocked by the allegations. She identified herself as a family member and answered a few questions through the blinds of a window Sunday but refused to come out or give her name. It wasn’t clear whether Madison has an attorney.
Madison was classified as a sex offender in 2002 when he was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted rape, according to court records. He had previous convictions in 2000 and 2001 for drug related charges.
Wilson and others said Madison was a neighbourhood fixture, constantly walking up and down streets and seen everywhere. Teena Tommy Hilfiger Outlet Stores ger Daniqwa Martin said Madison had offered her a ride in the past but she always declined.
Hopefully, we pray to God, this is it
One neighbour, Nathenia Crosby, said she was familiar with Madison and had seen him walking through the neighbourhood. She said she had told him to stop chatting with her daughter and warned him after seeing him talk to her cousin.
“It’s very scary, especially when he used to be talking to my daughter,” said Crosby, 48. “But I told him he was too old to be talking to my daughter because she was only 19. When I found out how old he was, I said, need to move on, she’s too young.’ ”
Detectives continued to interview Madison, Norton said.
Spotts indicated that Madison’s comments haven’t provided clarity on whether more bodies might be found.
“He really hasn’t stated that there’s any more, but he hasn’t said anything that would make us think that there’s not,” Spotts said.
All three bodies were found in the fetal position, wrapped in several layers of trash bags, Norton said. The bodies were in advanced stages of decomposition and it would take several days to identify them and determine how they died, Cuyahoga County medical examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson said Sunday.
Martin, 16, said she smelled the odour Tuesday but ignored it, thinking it was a dead animal.
About three dozen volunteers, including community anti crime activists, fanned out Sunday morning across yards, through vacant houses and along a railroad to help police search. The chief advised t Tommy Hilfiger Outlet Stores hem to watch for missing floor boards as they looked inside houses. One young searcher crawled under a board screwed across a door to go inside a house.
It doesn’t make the city look good, I know that
Barbara Stirtmire, part of a local motorcycle club whose members were pitching in to search Sunday, said she came to help because she knows so many people in the area and herself has a teenage daughter.
“It doesn’t make the city look good, I know that,” said Stirtmire, 31, who works at a nearby auto parts store. “But as far as everybody coming together, it’s beautiful.”