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Police Bust Serial Killer After 25 Years

Police Bust Serial Killer After 25 Years

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

July 08, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Police arrested a man in the city’s “Grim Sleeper’’ serial killings yesterday after decades of frustrated investigations into at least 11 slayings going back 25 years, authorities said.

Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County district attorney, said Lonnie Franklin Jr. will be charged with 10 counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and special circumstance allegations that could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

Franklin’s age was unclear, with different agencies saying he is 51 or 57.

Detectives have spent years investigating slayings between 1985 and 2007 in which the killer targeted young black women and one man.

The killer was dubbed the “Grim Sleeper’’ because he apparently took a 14-year hiatus from his crimes.

Dozens of police officials closed off a block around the South Los Angeles house where the arrest was made. “Today is a good day,’’ Donnell Alexander, the brother of victim Monique Alexander, said as he watched police outside the house.


Neighbors described the man who lives there as friendly and quiet. They said he was often seen working on cars in his front yard and would sometimes stop to chat with passersby.

The case has dogged police even though they had the killer’s DNA and a description from a survivor, and they had offered a $500,000 reward.

The victims were shot, strangled, or both, usually after some kind of sexual contact. Ten victims were women and several were prostitutes.

Police have said the male victim, who was shot in 1987, may have been a friend of a victim or had discovered the killer’s identity.

The most recent known killing was the June 2007 death of Janecia Peters, 25, whose body was found in a trash bin.


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    Ahi

    about 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Good job and congratulations! Hopefully he is put under soon!

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Hopefully the "Grim Reaper" will become the "Grim Sleeper" when Mr. Needle comes a calling.

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    Shamrock61

    about 4 years ago

    314 Comments

    great work-------I know it is a real bummer to have a case open that long and to have it pop back up again! It took long and hard work to close this one. congrats to the LEO's who worked this one.

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    djs2v

    about 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Excellent job by LAPD

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    Lawful_Blue

    about 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    About time, yet better than later..........

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    usa_24

    about 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Great job by the LAPD.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    Cool.

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    GOOD JOB

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    ssherrill

    about 4 years ago

    58 Comments

    Great Job LAPD...

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    cgregor12

    about 4 years ago

    3026 Comments

    You can run but you can't hide.....the law will eventually catch up with you..great job guys

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Cold Case Squad at its best..!!! Great job guys!

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Good police work finally paying off

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    creekcop

    about 4 years ago

    1056 Comments

    HEYSARGE I'm with you. This has got to be one interesting file!

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    HEYSARGE

    about 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Wish I could read the case file!

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    gn13

    about 4 years ago

    518 Comments

    Great to hear!

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