In 2009, Cleveland police discovered the bodies of eleven women decomposing in the house and yard of known sex offender Anthony Sowell. With unprecedented access to the surviving victims, UNSEEN tells a chilling story about the invisibility of women on the margins of society and raises troubling questions about why this killing spree went unnoticed for so long.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – In the documentary "Unseen," directed by Laura Paglin, the title emerges from wisps of smoke – no doubt, we are to imagine, from a crack pipe.
Crack cocaine, after all, was the drug that swept through the Mount Pleasant neighborhood where serial killer and rapist Anthony Sowell hunted for his victims, laying waste to whole families.
"It was like Hurricane Katrina," says Vanessa Gay to Paglin's camera. She's one of the few women who met the ex-Marine and lived.
"It came though and ravaged my whole life."
Cleveland Heights filmmaker Laura Paglin goes deep and disturbing in “Unseen,” her powerful documentary about Anthony Sowell. Interweaving interviews with survivors of the Mount Pleasant killer and archival and contemporary footage, she paints a harrowing picture of a Cleveland neighborhood that poverty has rotted to the core. Over all hovers crack cocaine, which Sowell survivor…
Ironically, the most memorable moments in “Unseen,” a documentary about the Anthony Sowell killings, aren’t the lurid details of his unspeakable crimes. In 2009, police uncovered 11 bodies in and around Sowell’s property at 12205 Imperial Ave. in Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. It’s the stuff of horror movies to be sure. But that doesn’t compare…
Convicted Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell was back in court today to appeal his 2011 death sentence for the murders of 11 women over a three-year period. A new documentary about those crimes, called “Unseen”, had its debut at the Cleveland International Film Festival, this past weekend. It tells the stories of Sowell’s victims. From…