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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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