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article imageSecond Ohio serial killer discovered during DNA investigation

By William Charles Baker     Mar 10, 2011 in World
Cleveland - A cold case investigation into the possibility of more victims than the 11 bodies unearthed at the home of Anthony Sowell in 2009 has led to the possibility of another serial killer in the area.
Sowell who left a grisly trail of bodies throughout his residence was suspected of having more victims that were not accounted for.
The TimesOnLine reports from November 2009: “The latest discoveries bring the total number of human remains to emerge from Sowell's ramshackle inner city property in Cleveland, Ohio, to ten — with the skull suggesting a possible eleventh victim. Police have dug up four rotting corpses from shallow graves in his back garden and found other remains hidden in the basement, in a third-floor living room and in a crawl space under the house eaves. The skull was wrapped in a paper bag in a bucket.”
After continued suspicions of more victims a special unit was tasked with the assignment to spread out the area surrounding the two residences of Sowell in an attempt to see if he was involved in any other unsolved murders. The three mile radius on the east side of Cleveland was investigated and turned up 75 unsolved murders of women.
CBSNews Reports: “The cold case unit, which includes retired homicide detectives and scientists at the coroner's office, pored over case files to see if evidence from the original crime scenes had been preserved and could be tested for DNA.”
In November 2010 they found a DNA match to Joseph Harwell who is incarcerated at the Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield south of Cleveland. He is serving 15 years to life for the murder of Teresa Vinson in 1997. In 2012 he would be eligible for parole.
Harwell was indicted Tuesday for the murders of Mary Thomas, 27 in 1989 who was three months pregnant at the time and Tondilear Harge, 33 in 1996. Hartwell’s DNA had been matched to the murder case of Harge in 2008 and he was under investigation then.
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