Grim Sleeper

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'Grim Sleeper' Sentenced to Death

Serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. learns his fate

(Newser) - A serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" was sentenced to death Wednesday for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl that went unsolved for years as the body count grew in a poor section of Los Angeles haunted by the scourge of crack cocaine. Lonnie Franklin... More »

Jurors Vote for Death Sentence for 'Grim Sleeper'

Lonnie Franklin Jr. will be formally sentenced later

(Newser) - A jury has returned a death sentence for a serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," who murdered nine women and a teenage girl over several decades in South Los Angeles, the AP reports. The verdict Monday came nearly a month after 63-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted... More »

Grim Sleeper Found Guilty of Killing 10 Women

A jury will now decide between life in prison or the death penalty

(Newser) - With a guilty verdict Thursday, the Grim Sleeper officially became one of the "most prolific and enduring serial killers" in California history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, was convicted of murdering 10 women, one only 15 years old, between 1985 and 2007 in South Los... More »

'Grim Sleeper' Trial Begins With Gruesome Photo Display

Gruesome photos launch LA serial killer trial

(Newser) - Lonnie David Franklin Jr. has finally gone on trial almost six years after his arrest , and more than 30 years after investigators say he started murdering women in South Los Angeles as the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer. The 63-year-old is accused of murdering at least nine women and one... More »

Grim Sleeper Suspect Tied to 8 More Victims

18 likely murders and still counting, say cops

(Newser) - Los Angeles investigators believe they've tied eight more victims to "Grim Sleeper" serial killer suspect Lonnie Franklin. Evidence of some of the women have been found in Franklin's South Los Angeles home, and one missing woman's photo was found inside his refrigerator. The fridge "appears to be his... More »

Cops Release Photos of Possible 'Grim Sleeper' Victims

Detectives trying to ID women in serial killer case

(Newser) - Police are releasing photos of women snapped by the suspected "Grim Sleeper" serial killer in a desperate bid to identify more of his victims. Detectives found almost 1,000 photos and hundreds of hours of home video when they searched Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s South Los Angeles house last... More »

Stained Car Seats Could Be Key to Grim Sleeper Case

Investigators also take guns and porn from his home

(Newser) - Investigators have begun the long slog of trying to make a case against the suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer. Among the items pulled from the Los Angeles home of Lonnie David Franklin Jr.: guns, handcuffs, a cop's notebook, a ski mask, a flier of a missing woman, and porn. But... More »

Cops Narrowly Missed 'Grim Sleeper' Twice

Missed chance on DNA, staked out wrong house,

(Newser) - The alleged serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper could have been stopped two years earlier if the police had collected his DNA. Lonnie David Franklin should have been added to a DNA database under a 2004 law called Proposition 69, finds the LA Times . He wasn't—apparently because it... More »

LA Cops Arrest Alleged Grim Sleeper Serial Killer

Blamed for 11 deaths over 3 decades

(Newser) - Police have arrested a suspect in the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killings, which claimed the lives of 11 people over the last 25 years in the Los Angeles area. The suspect is identified as 51-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr., reports the LA Times . All 11 victims were thought to be... More »

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