Anthony Sowell

The Cleveland Strangler

  Active for 3 years
(2007-2009) in United States

11

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

11

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 10 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 19 Books About Anthony Sowell
  14. 9 External References
  15. Internal References

Anthony Sowell (Anthony Edward Sowell) an American serial killer kidnapper, rapist and necrophile known as The Cleveland Strangler. He was arrested after the bodies of eleven women were discovered at his residence in 2009. Sowell was convicted of killing eleven women between 2007 and 2009. He was sentenced to death in 2011. In 2018, The City of Cleveland agreed to pay one million dollars to the families of six victims after a botched police investigation into a 2008 rape accusation which allowed Sowell to walk out of jail with no charges. He was suspected in another series of murders in the 1980s, but has not been charged. Sowell resides on death row at Chillicothe Correctional Institution.

Anthony Sowell Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Anthony Sowell (aka) The Cleveland Strangler, was active for 3 years between 2007-2009, known to have ( 11 confirmed / 11 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Anthony Sowell was born on August 19th 1959 in Cleveland, city in Ohio, United States. He was raised by his mother and her sister. Sowell had six brothers or sisters. His father, Thomas Sowell, absent throughout Anthony's childhood, deceased 2002, Anthony (Age 30/41). His mother, Claudia "Gertude" Garrison, a single mother. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems, including being teased or picked on.

Sowell a heterosexual African American male citizen of the United States of America. Sowell completed 11 years of school, received a GED. Sowell married Kim Yvette Lawson in 1981, Anthony (Age 22), Kim died in 1998 while Anthony was serving time in an Ohio penitentiary, Anthony (Age 38/39). He had at least one child.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse alcohol and drugs. He saw a psychologist.

In 2007 (Age 47/48) Anthony Sowell started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to commit acts of necrophilia, strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. He would keep parts of the victims body after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with with his stepmother/landlord, Segerna Sowell, at the home of his late father, 12205 Imperial Avenue, Mount Pleasant neighborhood Cleveland, Ohio, US, now demolished on the order of the city of Cleveland, where Sowell was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on October 31st 2009 (Age 50), convicted on July 22nd 2011 (Age 51), sentenced to death at Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Union Township, Ross County, near Chillicothe, Ohio, US. Sowell was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 91%
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Anthony Sowell has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.

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Anthony Sowell
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-13 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Anthony Sowell
Nickname: The Cleveland Strangler
Victims: 11 - 11
Years Active: 2007 - 2009
Ages Active: 47/48 - 49/50
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1959 -     
Characteristics
Ethnic Group: African American
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Leo
Jul 23 - Aug 23
Birth Month: August
Marital Status: married Kim Yvette Lawson in 1981, Anthony (Age 22), Kim died in 1998 while Anthony was serving time in an Ohio penitentiary, Anthony (Age 38/39)
Children: at least one child
Living With: with his stepmother/landlord, Segerna Sowell, at the home of his late father, 12205 Imperial Avenue, Mount Pleasant neighborhood Cleveland, Ohio, US, now demolished on the order of the city of Cleveland
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Aug 19, 1959
Family Name: Sowell
Given Name: Anthony
Birth Location: Cleveland, city in Ohio, United States
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: six brothers or sisters
Raised By: his mother and her sister
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: Claudia "Gertude" Garrison, a single mother
Father: Thomas Sowell, absent throughout Anthony's childhood, deceased 2002, Anthony (Age 30/41)

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 11 years of school
Highest Degree: received a GED

Incarceration
Arrested: Oct 31, 2009 (Age 50)
Convicted: Jul 22, 2011 (Age 51)
Sentence: death
Prison Location: Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Union Township, Ross County, near Chillicothe, Ohio, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
10 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Anthony Sowell

The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Anthony Sowell. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Aug 19 1959Anthony Sowell was born in Cleveland, city in Ohio, United States.  #19590819
Aug 19 1979
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Aug 19 1989
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Aug 19 1999
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
2007
(Age 47/48)
Anthony Sowell started his serial killing spree. #2007
2009
(Age 49/50)
Anthony Sowell ended his serial killing spree. #2009
Aug 19 2009
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Oct 31 2009
(Age 50)
Anthony Sowell arrested. #20091031
Jul 22 2011
(Age 51)
Anthony Sowell was convictedand sentenced to death at Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Union Township, Ross County, near Chillicothe, Ohio, US.  #20110722
Aug 19 2019
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
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Boolean Questions:
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Killer
Answer
Total
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problems in school TRUE 221
teased in school TRUE 218
drug abuse TRUE 226
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
psychologist TRUE 258
previous crimes TRUE 366
previous jail TRUE 351
previous prision TRUE 336
kill at killers home TRUE 319
used weapon TRUE 452
rape TRUE 452
bound TRUE 405
strangle TRUE 442
sex with body TRUE 429
mutilated TRUE 446
totem body part TRUE 364
living with children FALSE 268
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
xyy FALSE 81
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at victims home FALSE 322
used gun FALSE 450
torture FALSE 425
stalk FALSE 417
blindfold FALSE 362
ate part of body FALSE 450
drank blood FALSE 441
posed body FALSE 364
totem personal item FALSE 353
robbed FALSE 417


Books that Mention Anthony Sowell

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Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer Anthony Sowell)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: Economic Facts and Fallacies (mentions serial killer Anthony Sowell)
Thomas Sowell
Economic Facts and Fallacies
Book: A Conflict of Visions (mentions serial killer Anthony Sowell)
Thomas Sowell
A Conflict of Visions
Book: The Road Out of Hell (mentions serial killer Anthony Sowell)
Anthony Flacco
The Road Out of Hell
Book: Late-Talking Children (mentions serial killer Anthony Sowell)
Thomas Sowell
Late-Talking Children
Book: House of Horrors (mentions serial killer Anthony Sowell)
Robert Sberna
House of Horrors
Book: Girl, Wanted (mentions serial killer Anthony Sowell)
Steve Miller
Girl, Wanted

19 Books that mention Serial Killer
Anthony Sowell

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0465026303 Economic Facts and Fallac... 1
0465004660 A Conflict of Visions 1
1402768699 The Road Out of Hell 1
0786723653 Late-Talking Children 1
1606351869 House of Horrors 1
1101528877 Girl, Wanted 1
1101611464 Nobody's Women 3
1608995968 Black and Tired 1
1621898733 Black and Tired 1
0313397856 Real-Life Monsters: A Psy... 4
0313397848 Real-life Monsters 2
1782832017 Iron Towns 1
1337091855 Corrections Today 1
1312203676 ULTIMATE SERIAL KILLER IN... 4
1543226469 My Sister's Keeper 1
177097105x Past, Future, and End 1
1610695941 Crimes of the Centuries [... 14

Anthony Edward Sowell (born August 19, 1959) is an American serial killer known as the Cleveland Strangler. He was arrested in October 2009 after the bodies of eleven women were discovered by police investigators at his Cleveland, Ohio, duplex at 12205 Imperial Avenue in Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Q93877 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 15, 2018.
  2. Anthony Sowell on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Anthony Edward SOWELL on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  4. State v. Sowell, Ohio No. 2011-1921, 2012 on supremecourt.ohio.gov, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  5. State v. Sowell, Ohio No. 2011-1921, 2014 on supremecourt.ohio.gov, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  6. ODRC# A604609, ODRC Anthony Sowell Offender Details on appgateway.drc.ohio.gov, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  7. Cory Shaffer, victims families reach $1 million settlement with Cleveland on www.cleveland.com, Retrieved on Dec 11, 2018.
  8. State v. Sowell, 148 Ohio St.3d 554, 2016-Ohio-8025 on www.supremecourt.ohio.gov, Retrieved on Mar 14, 2019.
  9. Eric Heisig, Cleveland settles lawsuit with living victims of serial killer Anthony Sowell on www.cleveland.com, Retrieved on Jun 20, 2019.
Internal References

Anthony Sowell is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #8 of 40[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in August
  2. #9 of 46[ Page 1 ] of Leo Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #24 of 60[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killer Necrophiliacs sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #53 of 327[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #61 of 250[ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #81 of 307[ Page 6 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #129 of 651[ Page 9 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  8. #151 of 651[ Page 11 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #396 of 651[ Page 27 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #561 of 651[ Page 38 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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