The City of Cleveland has been a hotbed of horrible crimes recently and I’m not referring to their baseball team either.
The latest to catch national media attention is Michael Madison, who has been charged with the murder of three women over the past few weeks. Shortly after his arrest, he made a statement that he was inspired by the Cleveland Strangler, Anthony Sowell. Madison even referred to watching videos about Sowell online. Sowell was convicted in 2011 for the kidnapping, rape and murder of eleven women over a two year period. He was sentenced to death in October. Then there is Ariel Castro, who has pled guilty to the kidnapping and rape of three women over a ten year period.
Someone needs to check the drinking water in Cleveland.
Serial murder is not as prevalent in our society as Television shows have made us think. However, when they do occur, they are big news. In the case of Michael Madison, did the media coverage make him want to be a serial killer? I don’t think so. In my opinion, this wasn’t his first trip to the rodeo. Law enforcement needs to check there cold case files from wherever this guy lived or hung out to identify similar crimes. He had a specific modus operandi (MO): strangulating women and then what may be considered his signature, wrapping the bodies in plastic. The FBI’s Violent Crime Apprehension Program, ViCap, may also provide the needed intelligence on similar crimes or ones that may fit the pattern.
What I’m concerned about is the use of civilians to go abandon house to house search for additional victims. I understand why the police did it, over 60 abandoned homes in the area would be strain on police personnel, but it placed the civilians in personal risk as well as the possibility of contaminating the crime scene(s). If a police department needs to gather the help of citizens, there should be a uniformed officer assigned to each group as well as a list of names of everyone that participated in the search. This list should be maintained in the case folder. Everyone of those that participated could be subpoenaed to court.
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