Victims of the grim sleeper

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victims of the grim sleeper

The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central by Christine Pelisek

In 2006, Christine Pelisek broke the story of a terrifying serial killer who went unchecked in Los Angeles for decades, killing the most vulnerable women in one South Central neighborhood. Two years later, in her cover article for L.A. Weekly, Pelisek dubbed him The Grim Sleeper for his long break between murders. The killer preyed on a community devastated by crime and drugs and left behind a trail of bodies—all women of color, all murdered in a similar fashion, and all discarded in the alleys of Los Angeles.

The case of the Grim Sleeper is unforgettably singular. But it also tells a wider story about homicide investigations in areas beset by poverty, gang violence, and despair; about how a serial killer could continue his grisly work for two decades in part due to society’s lack of concern for his chosen victims; and about the power and tenacity of those women’s families and the detectives who refused to let the case go cold.

No one knows this story better than Pelisek, the reporter who followed it for more than ten years, and has written the definitive book on the capture of one of America’s most ruthless serial killers. Based on extensive interviews, reportage, and information never released to the public, The Grim Sleeper captures the long, bumpy road to justice in one of the most startling true crime stories of our generation.
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Inside of Grim Sleeper's house, Police Webcam ( Lonnie David Franklin Jr. )

Grim Sleeper Victim's Family Reacts to Execution Stoppage

Lonnie Franklin Jr, 63, a former city trash collector and garage attendant for Los Angeles police, was convicted of 10 counts of first-degree murder last month for crimes dating back more than 30 years. Family members of the victims cried Monday as the verdicts on punishment were read. Some rocked back and forth. The jury called for the death penalty on all 10 murder counts and the judge set formal sentencing for 10 August. Most of the slayings fit a similar pattern.

Serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr preyed on vulnerable 'forgotten' women on the streets of California The dark streets of downtown LA made the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper. He was targeting vulnerable people and getting away with it. His first victim was cocktail waitress Debra Jackson, She disappeared after taking a bus home from visiting a friend.

The attacker was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because he appeared to have taken a year break from his crimes, from to On May 5, , the jury convicted him of killing nine women and one teenage girl. Lonnie Franklin Jr. He married and had two children. He was given a general discharge from the United States Army on July 24, after having been released from prison for his conviction of gang-raping a year-old teen in Stuttgart, Germany. Franklin and two other servicemen stationed in Stuttgart stopped to ask directions from the teen then offered her a ride home, when she accepted they put a knife to her throat, drove her to a field and repeatedly raped her. She was able to fake interest in Franklin and asked for his phone number which she gave to the police once she made her way to the hospital.

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Relatives of women murdered by the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer have angrily challenged him in court as he was sentenced to death. The former rubbish collector fatally shot or strangled nine women and a year-old girl between and The killings came in two spurts 14 years apart, a hiatus that earned the killer his Grim Sleeper nickname. Since his indictment in March Franklin has been linked to six more deaths, according to police. He was arrested and charged in July after DNA collected from pizza crusts and napkins at a birthday party linked him to more than a dozen crime scenes. Prosecutors said Franklin went after vulnerable young black women during LA's crack cocaine epidemic.

A billboard in showing that the suspect alleged to be the Grim Sleeper had been arrested near a freeway in Compton. Lonnie David Franklin Jr. Most were killed along a corridor in the Manchester Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles, their bodies dumped in alleyways and discarded in garbage bins. Franklin faced 10 counts of murder and one of attempted murder, but investigators suspect he is responsible for additional deaths. Debra Jackson, 29, was shot three times in the chest and her body was found Aug. Three years passed before police realized that something larger was occurring, when ballistics tests showed that the same handgun used to kill Jackson had been used in seven other killings. Henrietta Wright, 35, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on Aug.

By Daily Mail Reporter. The Los Angeles Police Department has taken its investigation into the Grim Sleeper killing to the web this week, launching Facebook and Twitter pages featuring pictures of unidentified women who may turn to be additional victims. Franklin, 60, has been accused of murdering 10 prostitutes and other women ranging in age from 14 to 36 between August and January Public plea: Los Angeles police have posted the images of 42 women taken from the photo collection of the 'Grim Sleeper' serial murder suspect on social media sites. Mystery: All of the pictures depicting unidentified women, many of them unconscious or sleeping, were taken between and

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