Marty Flynn still remembers the silence…33 years later. The eerie silence belied the horror waiting inside an old Brooklyn duplex.
“I walked upstairs and looked in her room and found her on her bed.” It was his sister.
The scene was disturbing. Mary Anne Flynn, a 33-year-old nurse, was raped and strangled.
Cleveland Police quickly focused on neighbor Tony Apanovitch, a roughneck drinker with a sordid past of sex offenses. He once painted Flynn’s home, but she feared him.
But despite a bloody crime scene, there was no physical evidence…not yet anyway.
“Anthony Apanovitch is a violent killer and rapist,” says Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “I have no doubt whatsoever about that.”
O’Malley says Apanovitch had already been convicted of forcibly raping a 16-year-old in 1976. But the conviction was reversed and he pleaded guilty to sexual battery.