Ohio police is searching a neighborhood in a Cleveland suburb after the discovery of three dead women there.
The bodies were found on Friday and Saturday in East Cleveland. The first was found in a garage, the second in a yard and the third in an empty house.
A 35-year-old man, reported to be a registered s** offender, is in custody.
East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said the suspect indicated he was influenced by local serial killer Anthony Sowell.
“He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence,” Gary Norton told the Associated Press.
Michael Madison has been arrested in connection with the discovery of three bodies in East Cleveland, Ohio
Anthony Sowell, 52, was sentenced to death in 2011 after being convicted of killing 11 women, the remains of whom were found around his home in south-east Cleveland.
The Cleveland area was at the centre of another gruesome case in May when three women who vanished separately more than a decade ago were discovered alive in a house south of the city centre.
School bus driver Ariel Castro, 53, is facing nearly 1,000 counts of kidnapping, rape, aggravated murder and other charges.
Police discovered the first body in the garage of a home on Friday after receiving several calls of a foul smell, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The suspect, named by media as Michael Madison, was arrested later on Friday after a two-hour stand-off by police. He has not been charged.
A search of the area on Saturday resulted in the discovery of two more bodies, one in a backyard close to the garage and another in the basement of a nearby vacant house.
Police said the women, who were all black, had been wrapped in several plastic bags and are believed to have been killed in the last 10 days.
Specially-trained dogs have been brought in to search through backyards and abandoned homes in the area.
“Hopefully, we pray to God, this is it,” Gary Norton said.
Richard Ramirez – serial killer known as the “Night Stalker” in the 1980’s – has died in hospital in California.
Richard Ramirez, 53, was on death row in San Quentin prison after being convicted in 1989 of 13 murders. The cause of his death has not been made public.
The Night Stalker terrorized Southern California in 1984-5 with a rampage of s**ual assault and murder.
Richard Ramirez was on death row in San Quentin prison after being convicted in 1989 of 13 murders
Satanic symbols were left at some of the murder scenes by the killer, who broke into victims’ homes at night.
Richard Ramirez was captured by residents in East Los Angeles in 1985 as he attempted to hijack a car.
A horror film based on Richard Ramirez’s life – titled Night Stalker – was released in 2002.
California has not executed a prisoner on death row since 2006.
Investigation Discovery documentary claims that OJ Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown was the victim of known serial killer Glen Rogers and not her famous football star ex-husband.
Glen Rogers, who was convicted of killing two women in 1995, is on death row in Florida. He reportedly confessed to the brutal stabbings of Nicole and her friends Ron Goldman.
The theory, floated by filmmakers for Investigation Discovery, marks only the second time an alternate suspect has been suggested in the 1994 murder.
The nine-month trial of millionaire OJ Simpson, defended by some of the top attorneys in the nation, remains the most explosive court case in modern American history.
The acquittal of OJ Simpson on the murder charges is still a deeply divisive topic.
Investigation Discovery, an offshoot of the Discovery Channel, reports that Rogers boasted that he befriended Nicole Brown shortly after he moved to Los Angeles from Ohio.
He is said to have bragged about partying with her and, more ominously, warning that she was rich and he was “going to take her down”.
The New York Post reports that Glen Rogers confessed to the crime years after he was already jailed for the murders of the two other women, even giving police a few receipts as evidence that he was in the area at the time of the double-homicide in June 1994.
The documentary explains that the reason why Glen Rogers’ name has never come up before is because OJ Simpson was purposefully keeping his connection to Rogers under wraps.
Glen Rogers, who at one point boasted about having killed up to 70 women in a cross-country serial spree, alleges that OJ Simpson hired him to break into his ex wife’s home to steal a pair of $20,000 earrings.
He also says that while the original intention of the partnership was to get the earrings, OJ Simpson gave Glen Rogers permission to kill “the b****” if necessary.
The documentary does not feature Glen Rogers himself, who is serving time on death row in Florida, but it comes close to home as it is based largely on interviews with his brother Clay who was the person to tip police off to Glen’s whereabouts.
Investigation Discovery documentary claims that OJ Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown was the victim of known serial killer Glen Rogers
Glen Rogers allegedly told Clay about the Brown-Goldman murder but he did not believe it. Later on, Glen Rogers spoke to a criminal investigator and went through step-by-step details of how the murder took place.
He is suspected of being a prolific murderer who used his charm and good looks to pick up women at bars.
Glen Rogers is currently on death row in Florida for the 1995 murder of Tina Marie Cribbs in Tampa. He and Tina Marie Cribbs reportedly had sex at a motel after meeting at a bar. He then stabbed her multiple times and left her to bleed to death in the bathtub.
He was later convicted of murdering Sandra Gallagher, a mother of three, in Los Angeles in 1995, as well. Her body was found in her burning pickup truck.
Glen Rogers is also suspected in the deaths of women in Mississippi and Louisiana.
California authorities suspect he was behind four other murders in that state, as well.
At one point, Glen Rogers boasted her murdered 70 people, though later recanted and said he was only joking.
The truth behind the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman has gotten murkier, not clearer in the 17 years since OJ’s acquittal.
The timeline of the crime has long been a point of contention as OJ Simpson infamously signed a deal to pen a book called If I Did It which was ultimately cancelled.
Numerous friends and acquaintance have come forward, claiming firsthand or secondhand knowledge of OJ Simpson confessing to the crime. However, the former football star and actor has publicly maintained his innocence.
Despite being found not guilty at the criminal trial, the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman sued OJ in civil court.
Several pieces of evidence were introduced that had been excluded from the criminal case. The jury found OJ Simpson legally liable for the wrongful deaths of the two victims. Their families were awarded more than $33 million in damages.
Earlier this year, private investigator William Dear floated a theory that OJ Simpson’s son Jason Simpson committed the murders.
In a book, William Dear claimed that OJ Simpson stood trial to deflect attention away from his son, who he says was mentally unstable at the time.
The theory has been called ‘absolutely absurd’ by some legal analysts.
One of the key witnesses in the case, Kato Kaelin, a small-time actor who testified for several days at the trial, has flipped-and-flopped back and forth on whether he believes OJ Simpson committed the crimes.
Most recently, he said he had no direct knowledge of OJ Simpson admitting to the crimes.
OJ Simpson is now serving 33 years in prison for a recent armed robbery in Las Vegas.
In 2007, two sports memorabilia dealers say OJ Simpson and four other men reportedly broke into their hotel room and robbed them at gunpoint.
OJ Simpson denies that he used weapons and claims he was only taking back property that was rightfully his from his days as a college football and NFL star.
Steven Hayes from Connecticut, who is convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in a deadly home invasion, spoke about how he killed 17 others and raped dozens of women in leaked letters revealed yesterday.
Steven Hayes, 48, described in detail how in two of the attacks he had tied up, tortured and killed women – and even made a 16-hour video of him murdering one of his victims.
The serial killer, who is on death row for his role in the 2007 home invasion, boasted to a female companion about how he had collected the sneakers of all of his victims as trophies, but said “the 17 kill trophies” meant the most to him.
Steven Hayes, a Connecticut home invasion triple murderer speaks about killing other 17 women and raping dozens in sickening prison letters
In 2010, Steven Hayes was convicted of raping and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, before tying her daughters, Hayley, 17 and Michaela, 11, to their beds and setting the house on fire.
Steven Hayes is currently appealing the conviction.
Steven Hayes’ accomplice was Joshua Komisarjevsky, who was also convicted for his role in the killings earlier this month and is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.
Three of Steven Hayes’ victims pictured in a 2007 photo, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, right, and her daughters Michaela, front, Hayley, centre rear
In the four letters revealed yesterday, which were written in August and September, Steven Hayes wrote that he would have killed Joshua Komisarjevsky if he had not been jailed because while he had the same “capacity for evil”, the accomplice was not committed enough.
Steven Hayes told a female in North Carolina, only identified as “Lynn”, that he wanted to share his “dark secret” as “someone else really should know the truth about” him.
In the letters which were obtained by the New Haven Register, Steven Hayes wrote:
“Yes, I’ve killed before.”
“I have 17 kills throughout the Northeast United States. Perfect victims and well executed, controlled endeavors.”
There are 17 pages of handwritten letters, which were confiscated by prison authorities.
Steven Hayes also recounted the rape and murder of his first victim in 1982 and the eighth. The killer wrote that all of his victims were aged between 14 and 25.
According to the New Haven Register, which has not detailed how it acquired the letters, they read “like a twisted pornographic fantasy”.
Steven Hayes wrote that he spotted his first victim, a girl who was hitchhiking, as he was driving home from a bar, describing her as “short, hot and the perfect victim”.
“Like any great hunter, timing is critical,” Steven Hayes wrote about how he chose his victims.
The serial killer told how he picked up the girl and drove her to a secluded location where he tied her up and threw her in the trunk before taking her to a cheap motel, which he said became his “location of choice” for his attacks.
He described in detail how he sexually assaulted the woman and then pinched her nose and suffocated her.
“A monster was born,” Steven Hayes wrote.
“This carried on with my top 17 sexual conquests and kills.”
“The trophies, the signature kill, the thrill of the hunt and the disposal of my adventure buddies.”
He said that he picked up his eighth victim, who he found drunk walking along a road, and told her he would take her back to his house to smoke crack cocaine and drink beer.
Steven Hayes claimed that he tied her to his bed for an entire weekend and tortured her before killing her.
“The more pain and emotional abuse she went through, the better I liked it.”
“And believe me, I was in heaven.”
The serial killer also claimed that he recorded the assault and killing on a 16-hour video, which he described as “by far the best snuff film ever created”.
Steven Hayes said that he kept hold of the tape for six months before it “found a home” in Portland, Oregon.
He described Joshua Komisarjevsky, who could also face the death penalty for his part in the attacks, as being a disappointment to him in the letters.
“I’ve searched my whole life for someone who could embrace and had the capacity for evil as I possess,” Steven Hayes wrote, according to the newspaper. “I thought I finally found it in Josh.”
“But events show Josh, while [he] had the proper evil intent, lacked in the most serious aspects, commitment and control.”
Steven Hayes asked the recipient to hold on to the details of the letters until after his execution because the information “could be worth millions to the right people”.
Michael Dearington, State Attorney and FBI spokesman have declined to say whether Steven Hayes’ purported crimes are being investigated or whether authorities are aware of 17 unsolved homicides matching details in his letters.