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(EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio) — Police in East Cleveland arrested a man Friday suspected of killing three people, and authorities say he was inspired by the acts of a convicted serial killer.

Michael Madison, 35, was taken into custody after a standoff. He lives with his mother in the same neighborhood where police discovered his first alleged victim on Friday wrapped in trash bags. Two more bodies were discovered over the weekend, and East Cleveland police, the FBI and other agencies will comb the neighborhood Sunday for additional remains.

The three victims were all women. They have not been identified by officials yet.

A neighbor said they can’t believe it took police two days to find all three victims, saying that it was “kind of amazing that they kind of missed the other bodies that were discovered.”

Madison may have been influenced by another notorious killer, Anthony Sowell. One man who says he spent time in prison with Madison says Madison looked up to Sowell, who was convicted in 2011 of killing 11 women and hiding their remains in his Cleveland home.

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton says so far no charges have been filed against Madison, who is also a registered sex offender.

“This is very, very upsetting,” said Bernadette Bass, another resident. “Something like this is very upsetting, not only for me but for my children and grandchildren.”

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