Suspect charged with aggravated murder after three bodies found wrapped in trash bags. Chris Clackum reports.
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (NBC News) -- An Ohio man was charged today with murder three women in East Cleveland Ohio and dumping their bodies in abandoned homes.
Thirty-five year old Michael Madison, an ex-con and registered sex offender, was formally with what the mayor of East Cleveland calls "unspeakable atrocities".
After complaints over the weekend of foul odors emanating from abandoned homes in the neighborhood where Madison lived, police searches turned up the bodies of three black females.
"Everything was in about 250 feet proximity to where he lived. The m-o is the same, each body was wrapped in several plastic bags," East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts said.
Because of his criminal past, Madison was the chief suspect.
He was taken into custody after a brief standoff with police.
The judge at his first court appearance Monday said the charges include 3 counts of aggravated murder.
They are punishable by a possible death or life in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Authorities said the three bodies were so decomposed, that that part of the investigation has been hampered.
"For this reason, i can't release the cause of death at the present time. Nor can we release identification of the other two victims of this unfortunate crime," Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said.
While the mayor says it's tough for the Cleveland area to cope with its third case of disappearing women in four years.
"As a community we are dealing with tragedy, we are healing," said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton.
The mayor also quotes Madison as telling police he was influenced by serial killer Anthony Sowell who was sentenced to death for killing 11 women and burying their bodies around his home in Cleveland in 2009.