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LAPD Releases 160 Photos Related to 'Grim Sleeper' Killings

LAPD Releases 160 Photos Related to 'Grim Sleeper' Killings

Some of the 180 photographs found in the possession of a suspect in the Grim Sleeper killings[AP]

USAToday.com

December 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES – In hopes of identifying other possible victims, Los Angeles police today released photos — images of at least 160 women — found at the home of a man suspected of the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings.

The images of women partly or completely nude and striking sexually graphic poses were found at the home of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who was arrested in July for allegedly killing 10 people, beginning in 1985.

Franklin has pleaded not guilty to the killings.

LAPD officials decided to go public with the images after months of trying to identify the women, the Los Angeles Times reports.


The images were among about 1,000 still photographs and hundreds of hours of home video of women found during a search of Franklin’s south Los Angeles home, police say.

Franklin is accused of killing seven women between 1985 and 1988, according to authorities, then resuming in 2002, 2003 and 2007.

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Lonnie David Franklin Jr. appears for arraignment in July on multiple charges. [AP]

The L.A. Weekly dubbed the serial killer in the cases the “Grim Sleeper” because of the long gap between the slayings.

Call 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Tipsters may contact Crimestoppers by texting the number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.


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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    "Call 1-877-LAPD-24-7." To call the number dial 1-877-527-3247. Called it and asked if they knew if the vic's were under age and the Detective said not until they know who these people are. Somebody has to know these women. I agree that some look under age. The LAPD really needs help on this. I will be printing the file off and keeping it visable at all times to see if anyone I come in contact with knows even one of these vic's.

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    LanaNJ

    over 3 years ago

    6956 Comments

    WOW Robocop33! When I read your first Comment after viewng the pictures, I said to myself O.K. maybe it's not just Me. Most did Look Like they were Prostituting and/or on Drugs addicts looking for some sort of "sugar daddy", but some stood out to me as a little young(maybe manipulated), low income or Possibly Family, Friends and rather old photis. Are all the victims confirmed as female, b/c I could have swore I saw a male or two?

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14636 Comments

    This actually reminds me of a case I had. Seems that the hookers were ticked off at this guy because he didn't pay some of them and he had a habit or keeping their panties. Nobody really cared if the hookers didn't get paid for their trick or not but I listened to them talk to me about him. I was interested because we had a string of housebreaking's where the females panties were stolen and this person was getting braver with each case. With a good description from the hookers and a first name and one even knew the general area he lived I was able to find out who it was and obtain a search warrant. IT was him and he had drawers stuffed with panties and admitted he was wanting to rape these women in their homes. Very creepy guy and without the help and actually listening to the street people he may have really hurt or killed people if he had not been caught. Lesson is, learn to talk to the street people and treat them like people when they are not actually breaking the law.

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    IL_Soccer_Grad

    over 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    Just shows the brutal darkness that exists in this world. If this all happened in his home think how many people disregarded events or wrote things off unknowingly, it has to be shocking.

    It's sad this man was able to continue for so many years without detection, having potentially affecting so many lives in his path of destruction.

    Glad he is behind bars and hope they nail the bastard on at least the seven murders for now.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14636 Comments

    You have to wonder just how many of these people are dead. It does look like many of them are prostitutes but still, they do not deserve to be murdered. I hope that people will come forward if they recognize any of these people, even if they just know them from the streets.

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