House of Horrors: The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler [NOOK Book]

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To his neighbors on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony Sowell was a quiet and helpful former Marine who played chess and hosted summer barbeques in his front yard. But there was a dark side to Sowell—and a horrific secret inside his house. In mid-2007, Crystal Dozier, 38, made plans to visit Sowell. She was never seen again. Over the next two years, ten more Cleveland women disappeared. Their families filed missing persons reports. Police say their search efforts were hampered by the women’s transient ...
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House of Horrors: The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler

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Overview

To his neighbors on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony Sowell was a quiet and helpful former Marine who played chess and hosted summer barbeques in his front yard. But there was a dark side to Sowell—and a horrific secret inside his house. In mid-2007, Crystal Dozier, 38, made plans to visit Sowell. She was never seen again. Over the next two years, ten more Cleveland women disappeared. Their families filed missing persons reports. Police say their search efforts were hampered by the women’s transient lifestyles. But the families say police considered their loved ones “disposable” and didn’t take their disappearances seriously.On October 29, 2009, a SWAT team entered Sowell’s house to arrest him on a sexual assault charge. Nearly overcome by the stench of decaying flesh, police encountered a nightmarish scene: a skull was found in the basement and the remains of eleven women were scattered throughout the house and buried in the backyard. Sowell, a sexual sadist, had lured his victims to his personal House of Horrors with promises of drugs and alcohol. He then raped, tortured, and strangled them… and lived among their rotting corpses. Five other women were attacked by Sowell but lived to tell their stories.After a dramatic trial in the summer of 2011, Sowell, 52, was convicted of 11 murders and sentenced to death. He is currently awaiting execution at the Chillicothe, Ohio, Correctional Institution. Cleveland journalist Robert Sberna brings readers into the mind of the killer through interviews with Sowell’s surviving victims and exclusive death row interviews with Sowell himself.
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Dr. James Jessen Badal
…Rob Sberna's treatment of the Sowell murders allows the case to speak for itself. In clear, objective prose he lays out the details of these horrendous killings while neatly avoiding sensationalism and any gratuitous wallowing in the luridly gruesome details. — Dr. James Jessen Badal, author of "In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612777320
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 313,046
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Sberna is an investigative journalist who has written for national publications. He covered the courts and police beat for newspapers in the Midwest and has contributed articles to The Washington Examiner, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Neoconomist, and Ohio Magazine. Sberna lives in Strongsville, Ohio.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Great detail!

    This book was riveting, I couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to pick it up. The details about Anthony Sowell and his victims were interesting.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    House of Horrors tackles a tough subject in a compassionate, obj

    House of Horrors tackles a tough subject in a compassionate, objective perspective. The book's strengths are its thorough research and
    balanced treatment of one of the most horrible crimes in Cleveland's history. It would have been easy to sensationalize the Sowell story, but the author avoids lapsing into "purple prose." Nicely done!

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    Highly recommended for true crime enthusiasts

    House of Horrors tackles a tough subject in a compassionate, objective perspective. The book's strengths are its thorough research and balanced treatment of one of the most horrible crimes in Cleveland's history. It would have been easy to sensationalize the Sowell story, but the author avoids lapsing into "purple prose." Nicely done!

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