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CLEVELAND — As a registered sex offender, Anthony Sowell checked in regularly with law-enforcement authorities, who also monitored him by making home visits.
But since Sowell wasn't on parole or probation, they didn't have the right to enter - until Thursday when they had search and arrest warrants after a woman said he had raped her there. That's when they discovered badly decomposed bodies in the house.
By Sunday, authorities had determined there were six bodies, all of them women, and each was the victim of a homicide.
Officers had last visited Sowell at home as part of his sex-offender monitoring on Sept. 22, just hours before the woman reported being raped there.