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Anthony Sowell: How Could This Happen?

Posted Friday, November 6, 2009

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Anthony Sowell: How Could This Happen? As ministers and politicians seek to console a city reeling from mass murder, the community's questions keep coming - about the police response, about how sex offenders are monitored, about the lives of the eleven victims and about what goes on in the mind of a serial killer. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with people that have some answers, including the Cuyahoga County Sheriff, a forensic psychiatrist, and a professor of social justice. We also want to hear your thoughts so join us on 90.3 at 9.


Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement


Sheriff Bob Reid, Cuyahoga County
Detective Sue DeChant, Sexual Offenders Unit, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Thomas Stacho, Cleveland Police
Dr. Sara West, Forensic Psychiatrist, VA Hospital & Cuyahoga County Jail

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Search sexual offenders in your neighborhood, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office

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Marie A. Jones 9:43 AM 11/6/09

There were too many reports about Sowell & assault and the fact that he was a registered sex offender for the police & hospitals not to put this together.

Vicki 9:53 AM 11/6/09

I do not feel this is about race. This is about lifestyle choices. These victims led high risk lifestyles and would go missing for long periods of time. They did not communicate regularly with their families. It does not matter where they lived. If you choose a lifestyle that is of a drug addict and high risk, you go missing for long periods of time, and do not have regualr contact with your family - it’s your choice and you have free will. but when you become a victim of foul play, it’s not likely even your family will notice. Obviously these victims did not deserve to die, but they chose a high risk lifestyle and they fell victim to that high risk life. The police cannot police free will and choice.


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