The suspect police say may have been influenced by the Anthony Sowell murders was charged Monday with three counts of aggravated murder after the bodies of three women were found in a Cleveland-area neighborhood over the weekend.
Michael Madison, 35, was charged with the deaths of three women — one of whom has been identified as 38-year-old Angela Deskins of Cleveland — after their bodies were discovered wrapped in plastic bags just yards apart.
Police received a tip that led them to a home and a standoff with the suspect Friday after the discovery of one body in a garage. The other two bodies were found Saturday in the basement of a vacant house.
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Madison was also charged with three counts of kidnapping. He is being held on $6 million bond, $1 million for each count, Fox News reported.
East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said Madison appears to have been fascinated with serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was identified in press reports as the "Cleveland Strangler." Sowell is awaiting the death penalty for murdering 11 women and hiding their remains in his home. He was charged with eleven counts of murder, rape, and kidnapping in 2009.
"Unfortunately, this is a sick individual who appears to have been influenced by another sick individual," Norton told CNN.
"If he had been out for one more hour, there's no telling what would have happened."
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Sowell was arrested in 2009 after a woman escaped from his house and told police she had been raped.
Sowell's victims ranged in age from 24 to 52 and all were recovering or current drug addicts. Most died of strangulation, some had been decapitated, and others were so badly decomposed that medical examiners couldn't say with certainty how they died.
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