Report shows serial killer denied childhood abuse

5:57 PM, Aug 5, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A prosecutor is grilling a mental health expert on his diagnosis that a serial killer who hid the bodies of 11 women in his home and yard suffers from mental illness.

Assistant Prosecutor Richard Bombik read aloud Friday from a sex offender report taken in 2005, when 51-year-old Anthony Sowell was being released from prison after serving time for attempted rape. The report says Sowell denied any abuse or neglect during his childhood and said he got along well with his parents.

Dr. George Woods, a mental health expert hired by the defense, has said Sowell suffered from mental illness due to childhood sexual and physical abuse.

Sowell was convicted last month of killing the 11 women. A jury will recommend either the death penalty or life without parole.

The Associated Press

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