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Accused killer's neighbours smelt bodies
From correspondents in Cleveland
November 05, 2009 05:13am
NEIGHBOURS of alleged US serial killer Anthony Sowell had apparently complained about a foul smell for years, but many believed it was coming from a sausage shop next door.
The 50-year-old convicted rapist was arraigned overnight on a string of murder charges as investigators examined the gruesome remains of up to 11 bodies unearthed at his home in Cleveland, Ohio.
Local councilman Zack Reed
said he would push for an independent investigation into why complaints about the smell didn't lead to an earlier discovery.
"Residents are mad and they have every right to be mad," he said.
Mr Reed said his office called the public health department about two and a half years ago after a neighbour reported the smell. He wondered whether an earlier detection could have prevented some of the murders.
"I know darned well that our health department should have been able to tell the difference between the smell of a dead body and the smell of dead meat," he said.
At the arraignment hearing, defence lawyers argued unsuccessfully that Sowell should be granted bail as he had a heart condition that required him to wear a pacemaker and had other undisclosed medical problems.
Prosecutors were adamant the alleged serial killer, who has already served a 15-year stint behind bars for a 1989 rape, should be kept under lock and key.