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The Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Case

10 Women, 1 Man Killed in Los Angeles


Grim Sleeper

Grim Sleeper

LAPD sketch
For more than two decades, the Los Angeles Police Department worked to solve a series of 11 murders that occurred between 1985 and 2007 that were linked to the same suspect by DNA and ballistic evidence. Because the killer took an apparent 14-year hiatus between 1988 and 2002, the media dubbed him the "Grim Sleeper."

Current Developments

'Grim Sleeper' Evidence Legal, Judge Rules
Jan. 8, 2014
DNA evidence that linked a former Los Angeles garbage collector to at least 16 murders was obtained legally, a California judge has ruled. Judge Kathleen Kennedy ruled that DNA from Lonnie Franklin Jr. could be used at his trial in what is known as the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer case.

Earlier Developments

Death Penalty Sought for 'Grim Sleeper'
Aug. 1, 2011
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a California man accused of the serial killings of women in a case known as the "Grim Sleeper" murders. Lonnie Franklin Jr. is facing charges in the murder of 10 women and attempted murder of another.

More Victims Linked to 'Grim Sleeper?'
April 6, 2011
Investigators in Los Angeles believe the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, already accused in 10 murders, may be responsible for eight additional deaths. Police are looking for the public's help in identifying three possible victims of Lonnie Franklin Jr. from photos they found hidden at his home.

Grim Sleeper Pictures Provide Few Clues
Dec. 27, 2010
Suspecting more victims in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer case, the Los Angeles Police Department released to the public 160 photographs of women found in the possession of the main suspect, Lonnie David Franklin Jr. Although many of them have been identified, none have turned out to be victims.

'Grim Sleeper' Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
Aug. 24, 2010
The man accused of killing ten women in South Los Angeles in the "Grim Sleeper" case has entered a not guilty plea to 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Lonnie Franklin Jr. also faces special circumstance charges making him eligible for the death penalty in California.

Arrest Made in 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer Case
July 7, 2010
Using DNA from his son to identify him as a suspect, the Los Angeles Police Department has arrested a man suspected in 11 serial killings going back to 1985. Lonnie Franklin Jr., who once worked as a police garage attendant, was charged with 10 counts of murder, one count of attempted murder with special circumstances of multiple murders.

Police Release Sketch of 'Grim Sleeper'
Nov. 24, 2009
The Los Angeles Police Department has released a sketch of a man they suspect in at least 11 deaths since the 1980s in hopes of tracking down the serial killer. The suspect is known only as the "Grim Sleeper" due to the fact that he apparently took a 14-year hiatus.

Reward Set for 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer
Sept. 5, 2008
Los Angeles detectives hope a $500,000 reward set by the city council last week will produce some new leads in the case of a serial killer they believe is responsible for 11 deaths over a two decade period. All of the victims, 10 women and a man, were black and were found near South Los Angeles.

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