I am in no way condoning what he did, but when offenders are portrayed as demons and monsters in the media all the time, when only about 5% are truly dangerous, they cannot keep a home, get a new home, keep a job or get a new one, and are subjected to vigilante violence, and have nothing to look forward to in life, then what do you expect?
CLEVELAND -- A psychiatric report on Anthony Sowell raises almost as many questions as it answers about why Sowell allegedly became a serial killer of women.
Fox 8 I-Team Reporter Bill Sheil has obtained a copy of the "Sexual Predator Evaluation." It was done in 2005 - after Sowell finished serving a 15-year prison sentence for a brutal attack on a woman in 1989.
The report says Sowell is one of a two children born to a couple that later divorced. He grew up in Cleveland. His father was a construction worker who died in 2002. His mother worked at a dry cleaners. Despite the break-up, Sowers described "both of his parents in positive terms." Though his father left when Sowell was an infant, he reported staying in touch with his dad throughout his life.
Sowell indicates he was "teased and bullied" growing up, but "said that he had many friends...."
The report says that, in general, Sowell "described his childhood as good."
So how could he grow into the man who allegedly committed so many brutal crimes? The report suggests that alcohol was a major problem - and may have played a role in his attacks. The report says Sowell "had significant problems with drinking" and that he acknowledged "increased aggressiveness with drinking."
Sowell allegedly served malt liquor to at least some of his victims before he attacked.
He attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while in prison, but said in the 2005 report that he had not been to any meetings since his release.
In a chilling sentence, the report states "the defendant reports having no deviant sexual preferences and there is no documentation of such." Sowell admitted to looking at pornography and said he had more than fifty sexual partners in his lifetime.
Sowell was in the Marines for seven years, and married a fellow Marine. The two later divroced, but not before having a daughter who today would be 31 years-old.
The fact that Sowell is older, 46 at the time of the evaluation and 50 now, and the fact that he had a daughter, were two factors plugged into a formula to try and estimate if he was likely to commit another sexual crime.
The formula concluded that Sowell only had a six percent of offending in the next five years, and a seven percent chance in the next ten or fifteen years.
The report cautions that the numbers are only an "estimate." If what police believe about Sowell repeatedly killing women is true, the estimate was dead wrong.
- Did he sexually molest the woman? If not, then I would say they were dead on. Sexual recidivism is determines by the likelihood of the offender committing another sex crime, and if these woman were not sexually abuse, which I am not saying they were or were not, then killing someone is a whole different ball of wax.
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)
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