The complaints against Sowell, the reports of missing women and the stench around his house went ignored by Cleveland police for years — until a naked woman threw herself through his front window. At that point police did take action, but it was too late for the 11 victims they found moldering in his home.
Jurors in a Stockton, Calif., courtroom were shown graphic images of a woman’s decomposing body Friday and told by a prosecutor that the woman, 35-year-old Veronica Jones died a brutal death. The defendant, Jones’s boyfriend Devon Epps, is accused of raping and killing her, and then living with her dead body for several months.
Prison inmate Eduardo R. complained that he hadn’t heard from his wife in over a year, her friends were concerned, and her neighbors complained to police of a stench emanating from the home, but all requests for a well-being check were denied because she was believed to have poor personal hygiene.