NEW YORK (CBS) There was a stench in the neighborhood in Cleveland that folks complained about for months. People said it's that little sausage factory.
But, it wasn't of course.
The smell was of decomposing human flesh in and outside the house of Anthony Sowell.
Authorities have counted at least ten bodies on the property so far and they're looking for more.
Sowell was let out of jail a few years back for an attempted rape conviction. And it looks like he's been luring women to his home and then killing them ever since.
A woman who escaped from Sowell said he tried to choke her. And said no one will care because "you're just a crack whore." I spoke with a young woman on Wednesday whose mother became addicted to drugs. She went missing from that neighborhood a year ago.
When the daughter went to the police… they laughed and said "oh she'll show up for Christmas."
Human beings viewed as dispensable, discardable. And Anthony Sowell was there to take advantage.
Harry Smith has been an anchor of The Early Show since October 2002. He also hosts a daily radio news and analysis feature, "Just a Minute," on the CBS News Radio Network. He serves as substitute anchor and occasional correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and anchored and contributed to CBS News documentaries, as well as to 48 Hours.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The Associated Press has withdrawn reports referring to Sowell as a "convicted rapist." The AP says that Sowell was only convicted of attempted rape, according to police.