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CNN’s Easy Prey

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/26/cleveland.sowell.victims.one.year/index.html?iref=allsearch

Nine-year-old Jonathan Carmichael thought his mother was Superwoman.
He observed her unstoppable force, working double shifts as a medical secretary so they could live in a modest town house in a decent neighborhood. He saw her fly off to do overtime, and then surprise him and his sister with toy cars and video games and a trip to Disneyland.

But by the time he was 12, his super mother had vanished, replaced by a crack cocaine addict. He watched her pawn the gifts she’d bought him to feed her habit.

If Jonathan felt confused, his sister Donnita was angry. She was 18 when the mother she once knew went missing. Donnita loved her and she hated her. She argued with her and listened to her. She tried desperately to save her from her addiction. And when she failed, she stopped calling her “Mom.”

Sometimes, their mother, Tonia Carmichael, disappeared for days or weeks at a time. So on November 10, 2008, when her children heard she was missing, it seemed, sadly, like nothing new.

She was gone.

So were Crystal Dozier, 38,
and Tishanna Culver, 29.
And Le’Shanda Long, 25,
and Michelle Mason, 44.

They were all black women with ties to the quiet neighborhood of Mount Pleasant in the eastern part of Cleveland. They were all mothers, some grandmothers, some second cousins. Almost all struggled with a drug addiction at some point in their lives. Court records show many resorted to stealing and some turned to prostitution to support their habits.
Six more women would disappear after 52-year-old Tonia:

Kim Yvette Smith, 43.
Nancy Cobbs, 43.
Amelda Hunter, 46.
Telacia Fortson, 31.
Janice Webb, 48.
Diane Turner, 38.

When police found their bodies in October 2009 — all on one man’s property — everyone wondered: How could 11 women in the same town disappear over two years without public notice?

Police believe the women were easy prey for Anthony Sowell, a convicted sex offender who served 15 years for the attempted rape of a woman in 1989. Sowell, now 51, had moved to the home on Imperial Avenue in 2005, after his release from prison.

He has been charged with 11 murders, two rapes, one attempted rape and more than 70 other related charges. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and is scheduled to go to trial in February 2011…..

Since the bodies were discovered, other women have come forward, alleging Sowell attacked them. His attorneys would not comment on those allegations either.

Criminologists say serial killers often target people whose lives may be messy or off the grid — prostitutes, runaways and drug users — because their absences might not raise red flags, even for their families.

And there is another suspicion echoing among Cleveland residents, particularly in the black community: that the lives of poor black women aren’t worth much, certainly less than had they been suburban white women.

“We’re saying you don’t have the right to judge whether or not a case is worth being investigated,” said Dave Patterson, a local activist who is pushing the legislature to reform the way police handle missing-persons cases, to give more priority to cases involving adults.

Almost a year after the discovery of the bodies, it is still hard to say why the disappearance of 11 women went largely unnoticed for nearly two years.

Note from me: I do not believe this. If it had been 11 white crack heads that were known to go off for periods of times they also would not have been looked for. The color is not anywhere as ‘important’ as the lifestyle to the press, the general public and yes, even the police. I do not want to sound cold hearted but if the police went chasing after every prostitute and or drug addict that was reported as missing by a family member or friend they would not be able to do anything else. I have had so many friends that get into this sort of circle. They drop out of sight and are found a few months later in some jail maybe even a few states away or they just end up stumbling into the families front door worn out and tired in need of a few months recuperation. They get themselves kind of straight and then the cycle begins again.

The reasons are complex, as were the roller-coaster relationships between the women and the family members who knew they were missing and miss them now.

“I had seen her high, missing, trying to put her life together,” Jonathan Carmichael, now 25, said of his mother. “I had seen her on a good streak for a long time and then she’d hit a bad number and fall right back onto the streets.”
There was no reason to think this time was any different.

A month after Barbara reported her daughter missing to police, a 40-year-old Cleveland woman, a deep gash on her right thumb and scratches on her neck, frantically approached a patrol car in the Mount Pleasant area, according to police records.

She told officers a man in a gray hoodie offered her beer, and when she declined, she said, he punched her in the face several times, tried to rape her and dragged her toward a house at 123rd Street and Imperial Avenue.
“He just kind of twisted my neck, twisting it, twisting it, twisting it,” Gladys Wade, who managed to escape from the man, told CNN last year. “I was gouging his face at the same time. At the same time, I was trying to take his eyeballs out. It was like the devil, you know? Eyes glowing.”

Note from me: I am sure her description of the events included descriptions like this which although to the general public paints a mental image of an evil attacker the police see as a person embellishing and possibly seeing things through drug hazed eyes. Again, I am not being cold hearted, I feel for this woman and she is in NO WAY to blame for the attack.
You also can not blame the police too much. From our living rooms it is so easy to say they should have been more vigilant but we do not hear the stories that they do. We are not privy to the many times prostitutes or ‘Johns’ come into the station telling tall tales that involve crazy descriptions. They may shock us but they hardly raise an eyebrow in the police station.

The man, who Wade said was known as “Tone,” was in fact Anthony Sowell, police reports show. Sowell told police a different story. He claimed Wade, who had a record for forgery and assault, had robbed and assaulted him, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

Sowell, who had spent 15 years in prison for attempted rape, had grown up in East Cleveland, a suburb of Cleveland. He had joined the Marines at 18, an opportunity that took him to California, North Carolina and Japan, according to authorities. He served eight years, then returned to East Cleveland. People who interacted with him after his release said he appeared to be “a normal guy,” known around the neighborhood for selling scrap metal.

On December 8, 2008, when police went to Sowell’s house after Wade’s complaint, they knew he was a sex offender, according to an e-mail from Nancy Dominik, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Police Department.
He was in the Tier 3 category, the most dangerous classification in Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers had checked on him numerous times at his home. During those visits, the officers didn’t notice a smell or anything unusual, said spokesman John O’Brien. He also pointed out that officers weren’t allowed to enter the home during the checkups.

But a police report from the December 8 visit shows authorities saw blood droplets on the walls and steps.

Note from me: I would REALLY like to hear more on this. Was it blood droplets or brown spots? This is the one quote from this article that disturbs me. I know information is still restricted since the case has yet to go to trial but I hope that more information on this detail comes out soon.

In a second report written two days later, a Cleveland officer said they did not see any “visible signs” of Wade being punched in the face. The officers told CNN affiliate WKYC that they dropped the case after Wade declined to press charges.

After Wade’s complaint to police, six more women would disappear.

The police have pointed out that only four of the 11 families reported their loved ones missing. The department has also said it is currently reviewing its missing-persons practices.

The Cleveland police received 1,576 missing-person reports last year, and as in most cities, missing children cases receive top priority.

Among the families that didn’t file a missing-person report was that of Amelda Hunter.
Her son, Bobby Dancey, recalls his mother whipping up pepperoni pizzas from scratch. They used to laugh and joke at the dinner table together. She taught him to dance in their living room, four houses away from where Sowell lived.
But she also abandoned her son countless times to use drugs. So when she disappeared in the summer of 2009, Dancey never filed a police report.
“She had left before,” he said quietly.

After analyzing more than 110 serial murders, Steven Egger, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Houston at Clear Lake in Texas, found at least 75 involved victims who were drug abusers, homeless or prostitutes.

“People are quoted on television saying they deserve it because of their lifestyle, forgetting about the fact that it’s somebody’s daughter, wife, possibly somebody’s mother,” Egger said.

There is no simple method of categorizing serial killers. Many people believe serial killers are reclusive misfits or white males, but that is not true, according to the FBI. Authorities have caught serial killers who are black, Asian and Hispanic, but they say white serial killers usually receive the most media attention.

Serial killers usually blend into their surroundings. A combination of biology and environment influences someone to become a serial killer, the FBI says.

“These killers know what they are doing is wrong, but they simply don’t care,” said Jack Levin, professor of sociology at Northeastern University.
“They choose to do it because it makes them feel good.”

The bodies at Sowell’s home were finally discovered when a 36-year-old Cleveland woman went to police.

On September 23, 2009, she reported that Sowell had invited her into his home for beer. Her description of what happened there was eerily similar to the events laid out by Sowell’s 1989 victim and, later, by Gladys Wade.
The woman said Sowell punched her in the face and began performing oral sex on her. She was able to escape, she said, by promising to return the next day.
Officers issued a warrant for Sowell’s arrest based on her account.
They entered his home on October 29, 2009. First, they discovered two bodies rotting in the attic, then five more more buried in the backyard. Eventually the body count reached 11.

Police continue to investigate Sowell. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason is reopening 75 cold cases. In East Cleveland, the suburb where Sowell lived in the 1980s, police are looking into three murders that involved strangulations and one missing person. They believe Sowell may be connected.

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Serial Killer’s Wife Shares Her Story | TheLoop21.com

Serial Killer’s Wife Shares Her Story | TheLoop21.com.

She tells her tale and blames the war…….

MinnPost – Canadians struggle to understand one of the most unusual serial killers in their country’s history

MinnPost – Canadians struggle to understand one of the most unusual serial killers in their country’s history.

On The Farm gives voice to Pickton’s victims

On The Farm
BY HELEN POLYCHRONAKOS

Interview with the author and information on Robert Pickton and those he killed.

I have not yet read it but I hope to soon.

Victims

I have read that by discussing serial killers and not using the victim’s names we are somehow making the killer into a public figure and forgetting those that they killed. I have to disagree.
I do think we often forget the names of those killed, but it is because we are horrified by their deaths we remember the one that did it. The names of the dead might not be screamed daily but we never forget them.
I also have an issue with what the general world and more so the media, considers a victim in these crimes. We forget that not only the dead are victims.
Those dead often have family. They suffer greatly. They not only lose a loved one they are dragged through years an years of court proceedings. They have to keep facing the person that destroyed their loved one. The press sticks cameras and microphones in their faces asking how the feel about the case, the killer, the dead, and so much more. No matter what the people say, how they say it, these family members are scrutinized and remembered for a moment in time when they where in pain, reacting to wounds that are not being allowed to heal.
The ‘victims’ of Dahmer will forever be burned into my mind by Rita Isabell. She is the sister of Errol Lindsey. She is the one that showed Jeffery what ‘out of control’ looks like. Do you think she wants to be remembered for that day? Not that she did anything wrong, but she will always be seen as the lady that “freaked out” on Dahmer. (Google it)
Sometimes they also have to deal with that loved one’s name being dragged through the mud. Fingers point at them even though they could have been a perfect family. If they were not the perfect family they end up defending the dead and themselves.
The killer often has family. They are scarred by the killer’s actions as well. There are many cases where the family was loving and tried their best yet the killer’s actions have now thrust them into unwanted and unearned spotlights and headlines. They did nothing to earn the shame, confusion and scorn but they get a lot of it.
Imagine being Ted Bundy’s mom for a minute. Or Dennis Rader’s kid or wife. How many times have they been asked how did they not know, how does it feel to have lived with a monster, what was he really like? Accusations, insensitive comments and the fact that you now have to live knowing that you loved a “monster”.
I have never contacted a serial killer and I have never spoken to the family of one. I do not think I want to.
I have been in contact with the son of a man that was killed by a serial killer. I am not going into too much of his information, I do not think he wants to be known as a victim. I will say that his life and the life of the others in his family have not gotten any better since then. “S” (what I am calling him) is a drug addict and so is his mother. I am not saying that either of them would be on the straight and narrow if S’s dad had not been killed in a very public serial killing case I am saying that it made life much much harder.
He wrote briefly about the fact that his mom >kind of< used this incident as a reason to delve deeper into drugs and alcohol. He also writes of how it affected him and his relationship with his mother.
S also wrote about the shame of having his dad connected to the drugs and seedy places and possibly things that allowed the predator to get close enough to him to kill him. Some true, some possible, some outright lies.
Imagine growing up with the shame of everyone knowing your dad was an addict, hanging out in seedy bars, being lured to another man's place for who knows what and then murdered. Not only did dad disappear when he was found everything bad that he did (or did not do but could have done) was public, front page news.
Yeah, the dead are far from the only 'victims' in serial killings.

Sorry for the rant.

9NEWS.com | Denver | Colorado’s Online News Leader | Serial killer’s DNA not a match in Hettrick murder case

9NEWS.com | Denver | Colorado’s Online News Leader | Serial killer’s DNA not a match in Hettrick murder case.

 

DENVER – DNA on the body of murder victim Peggy Hettrick does not match the DNA of serial killer Scott Kimball, 9Wants to Know has learned. Investigators have been trying to find her killer since Tim Masters was released from prison in 2008 after he was wrongly tried and convicted for her 1987 murder.

Night Stalker case shows DNA-testing still lags | San Francisco Examiner

Night Stalker case shows DNA-testing still lags | San Francisco Examiner.

 

Richard Ramirez dna linked to dead 9 year old girl. Her name is Mei Leung

 

SAN FRANCISCO — It took 11 months, but the DNA of infamous “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez has finally been retested, allowing police to close the case of the 1984 murder of a 9-year-old girl in the Tenderloin.

Pera said the turnaround time for DNA tests — crucial work in solving long-cold cases — is still as slow as ever.

“The lab is still very understaffed,” she said. “There’s still only a few people that do the DNA analysis.”



Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Night-Stalker-case-shows-DNA-testing-still-lags-105156154.html#ixzz12mXXsEXL

Jennings, Louisiana Murders

Tonight I decided to tackle this page on my Real Life Monsters site.
Big mistake.
I have been working on it since about 4 Sunday afternoon. It is now 12 and 1/2 hours later and I am again frustrated and confused.
I first heard about the ‘possible serial killer’ in 2007. I thought the news said Jefferson Parish (it is Jefferson Davis; much further away), meaning next door so I paid closer attention. That first time I tried to find information on the case and I kept running into brick walls. This time was no different.
It was the murder of Whitnei Dubois that started me following the case. She was a pretty girl, a young mom who choose a hard path. Yeah, she did drugs, sold her body and partied a lot.
She was also, as I said, a mom, she was also a daughter, a friend to some, a human being and she was found dead right around Mother’s Day.
Whitnei was also the first time the sheriff’s department admitted a possible connection between the others that I knew of. She was the 4th victim in a string of 4 (then) murders in small Louisiana town.
There are strong connections between all of the girls, 8 in total at the time of this writing. There are some people that claim it is really 9 nine now due to a cold case.
They all came from the ‘wrong side of he tracks’ literally.

Jennings is split in half by the railroad. One side has a 50’s feel, mom and pop stores, cute-ish home, Happy Days in the South could have been filmed there.
The other side of the tracks is a more bleak look. A Hell of a lot less money, much more drinking and drugging (openly), gangs and all that comes from poverty.
I am not a bleeding heart liberal. I do not think poverty is a black hole from which there is no escape. I do not ‘excuse’ wrong doing because you are poor. I do admit it is a long hard road. I do think society makes it harder than it needs to be. Really, all I am saying is that these girls were doing what they felt they had to.
Nothing that they did deserved being murdered over.

8 women and girls murdered.

Loretta Lewis

Ernestine Patterson

Kristen Lopez

Whitnei Dubois

Laconia Brown

Crystal Zeno

Brittney Gary

Necole Guillory

The public is getting little to no information which is horrible. Ignorance leads to fear.
Whitnei Dubois’ sister, Brittany Jones, has said: “All we know is that she was found naked on a dirt road, decomposed.”

I did find many sites that had a lot if information. Still, they are limited by what the police are willing to share, which is little. It was only recently that the local police admitted a serial killer was responsible and that was weakly.
Media coverage is spotty at best. No one seems to pay attention until another dead girl is found.

I have links.
There are some YouTube videos.
So much is hinted, hushed, opinion, but that is all the public really has.

Check out the Jennings Page.

More on this later.

Lisa

More possible deaths connected to Kimball

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – FOX31 News has learned the FBI is investigating convicted serial killer Scott Lee Kimball as a prime suspect in one of the metro area’s most gruesome murders.

In October of 2004, the naked body of a young woman was found near a dumpster at a Westminster strip mall near 76th and Sheridan. Her hands had been cut off and it took police weeks to identify her.

Finally, Dachelle Powell recognized a composite picture and identified the “Jane Doe” as her sister-in-law, 26-year-old Catrina Powell.

The autopsy report, never released before, describes gruesome sexual torture and mutilation. The killer used chemicals so harsh they burned the body to wash away evidence.

The young woman was brutally beaten, especially about the head, strangled and then her hands were cut off.

FOX31 News has learned the FBI is talking to witnesses about Scott Lee Kimball, who is doing prison time in connection with the murders of three other young women and his uncle.

Read more here

Woman describes close call with Green River Killer