CRIME
07/24/2013 12:24 pm ET | Updated Jul 24, 2013

Discovery Of Three Bodies Sparks Fear Of A Serial Killer In Cleveland (VIDEO)

The recent arrest of a suspect accused of murdering three women in Cleveland has left the community wondering whether a serial killer emulating the Cleveland Strangler is in its midst.

Michael Madison has been arrested after police found the bodies of three women in an East Cleveland home. The bodies were wrapped in plastic bags and hidden 100 to 200 yards apart, with one in a garage, another in a backyard and the last in a basement.

The discovery of the bodies has created an ominous feeling in Cleveland, where residents have fresh memories of Anthony Sowell, who was convicted of murdering 11 women from June 2007 to July 2009. Cleveland-based criminal defender Terry Gilbert talked with HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps about how this most recent arrest has haunted a community that fears a copycat killer.

"There's a fear that this is just the tip of the iceberg, that there are other women who have been reported missing and could be -- hopefully not -- but people are worried that it could lead to more bodies discovered," Gilbert said.

The investigation is ongoing, but Gilbert cited the fact that the three women who have been murdered were from different communities, meaning authorities will have to consider whether the suspect committed other crimes among a large geographic area.

Watch the full segment on hunting serial killers at HuffPost Live HERE.

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