Suspect charged as bodies found in bin liners
A man will be charged with aggravated murder after three bodies wrapped in bin liners were found in Cleveland, Ohio.
East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said a call to police led authorities to a home and a standoff with the man, who was taken into custody. The mayor said yesterday that the suspect indicated he might have been influenced by the earlier case of a Cleveland serial killer convicted in the deaths of 11 women.
Mr Norton said that 35-year-old Michael Madison, pictured, would be charged with three counts of aggravated murder.
Police and volunteers scoured about 40 empty homes on Sunday until their search was suspended, with no immediate plans to resume.
Police said they had identified only one of the victims, Angela Deskins, who was believed to be 38.
The other two bodies were too badly decomposed to identify. The medical examiner also said he couldn't determine a cause of death because of the bodies' conditions.
The first body was found in a garage on Friday. Two others were found on Saturday – one in a backyard; one in the basement of an empty house.
The bodies, all women, were found about 100 to 200 yards apart, and police said they had been killed in the previous six to 10 days.
Each body was wrapped in a plastic bag in the foetal position. "It didn't look like a person could actually fit in the bag," said Police Chief Ralph Spotts.