In October 2009, Cleveland police found two decomposing bodies at the Imperial Avenue home of Anthony Sowell. But that was just the beginning.
As investigators continued to pull bodies from the house and backyard, news crews lined the street in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, waiting to see how high the number would go.
When police were done searching, there were 11 victims.
Eleven black women. Most of them were mothers, some were even grandmothers and many had histories of disappearing.
Now, more than a year later, Sowell has been convicted on 82 counts, including aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping. He has been sentenced to death.
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Anthony Sowell has become infamous, and questions surrounding the Imperial Avenue murders continue to haunt the city.
How could so many women end up buried there without anyone noticing? Why was the sickening stench around the house dismissed as an odor from the sausage factory next door?
Did police put a serial killer back on the streets when they overlooked a rape allegation against Sowell a year earlier? And why weren't the disappearances of several women in the area taken more seriously?
"We couldn't get enough attention paid to all of these women that were missing. And one by one they're found in that house over there," Judy Martin said.