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Publisher's Summary

Winner, 2012 True Crime "Book of the Year" by ForeWord Reviews
To his neighbors, Anthony Sowell was a friendly and helpful former Marine. But they didn't know about his dark side - or the gruesome secret inside his house.
Sowell's secret life was revealed to the nation on October 29, 2009, when a Cleveland Police SWAT team entered his house to arrest him for an alleged rape. They didn't find Sowell, but they encountered a nightmarish scene: two decomposed bodies in his third-floor living room. Eight more bodies were hidden throughout the house and buried in the back yard. In the basement, they discovered a human skull. All of the bodies were female and all appeared to have been bound and strangled.
Two days later, police captured Sowell, a sexual sadist who had served a 15-year prison sentence for kidnapping, raping, and torturing a 21-year-old pregnant woman.
House of Horrors exposes the shocking details of Sowell's depraved crimes and twisted psyche. He preyed on neighborhood women, luring them to his home with alcohol and drugs. Sowell then murdered the women and lived among their corpses. After a dramatic trial in the summer of 2011, Sowell was convicted and sentenced to death.
In House of Horrors, listeners are given a rare glimpse inside the mind of a serial killer - through interviews with Sowell's neighbors and relatives, his surviving victims, and exclusive interviews with Sowell himself.
The book is published by The Kent State University Press.
©2012 Robert Sberna (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"This book had me absolutely hooked from the first page." (True Crime Reader)
"Rob Sberna's compelling treatment of the Sowell murders allows the case to speak for itself." (James Jessen Badal, author of In the Wake of the Butcher)
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By Kimberly on 08-10-16

I'm speechless....

I can't find the words to explain how this book makes me feel after reading it. So many different emotions, I can't say I enjoyed reading the book because it was too horrific. However the Author wrote an extraordinary book and the narrator was just excellent! Very interesting and detailed book and I highly recommend it. This book will disturb you greatly, it definitely left it's mark in my mind and I will never read this book again, once was enough. I just don't think I can stomach it again, it was hard enough... honestly it mad me feel very angry more than scared at what this demon of a man did, just sickening! This book is brutally honest and cuts to the bone, if you think you can tolerate it then I highly recommend this book.

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By loretta on 09-02-16


this tragedy happened 5 miles away from where I live in Cleveland Ohio it is so sad that woman are discarded like this also how Anthony Sowell could be such a predator,this makes me so much more aware of my surroundings how the nicest person could smile at you and could be such a devious murderous crazy psychopath, IT REALLY FREAKS ME OUT TO THINK ABOUT HUMAN BEING COULD BE THIS WAY!

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