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Title: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Mtnmom on February 26, 2009, 03:23:37 PM
Cops Hunt for 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 25) - They have a sample of his DNA, a description from a survivor and a $500,000 reward, but detectives investigating the city's most notorious serial killer have hit a wall.
On Wednesday, they released a recording of a 1987 emergency call in hopes of tracking down the man dubbed the "Grim Sleeper," who has killed at least 11 times in nearly a quarter century.
It's a long shot, that's for sure," said Detective Dennis Kilcoyne. "I am hoping a couple people call us. ... Maybe that will lead us to something."
Kilcoyne heads a squad of seven Los Angeles homicide detectives who for nearly two years have been assigned exclusively to the case. The killer most recently struck Jan. 1, 2007, and his first known victim was in 1985.
Police have pored over investigative files from all the killings and are now focusing on the January 1987 slaying of Barbara Ware, a 23-year-old with a history of prostitution who was found shot to death in a South Los Angeles alley.
A man saw a blue-and-white van dump her body. He called police with his account and gave the license plate number of the van. Within about an hour, police had tracked the van to its registered address at a church.
"The engine was still warm to the touch," Kilcoyne said.

Several congregants were inside the now-defunct Cosmopolitan Cathedral but no one seemed to know anything.
"Then the trail stops there," said Kilcoyne. "It sounds like it was a pretty good road map for the investigation at the time and it just fizzled out."
Kilcoyne and his men hope to track down former churchgoers or even someone who knows the voice on the emergency call.
On the two-minute call, a man described to a dispatcher how he'd seen someone drop the body off from the van, then throw a gas tank on top of her. He said he didn't see the man driving the van.
"I'd like to report a murder — a dead body or something," the caller said. "He threw her out ... the only thing you can see out is her feet."
When asked for his name, the caller declined.
"I know too many people," he said, then hung up.

Kilcoyne is accustomed to promising leads turning cold.
Six victims were found with the killer's DNA on them but a search of prisoner databases came up blank. Detectives went on to ask the California Department of Justice to run a DNA search that sought possible matches to the killer's relatives. It was the first time the controversial search was carried out in the U.S., Kilcoyne said.
"It didn't produce an answer," Kilcoyne said. "Nothing."
The suspect kills by gunshot or strangulation, in some cases both, usually after some kind of sexual contact. Ten victims were women, all were black and several were prostitutes. The bodies were all found outside, usually in dirty alleyways a few miles south of downtown.
The $500,000 award offer is thought to be the biggest ever in the city. Billboards announcing the offer loom over streets near where the victims were found.
"We still have no idea who this guy is," Kilcoyne said. "We've got a half-million-dollar reward out there on billboards and no one calls."
The killings were featured on "America's Most Wanted" and dozens of tipsters called detectives after the case was first made public last year, but leads went nowhere.
The first round of killings happened at a time parts of the city were suffering from extreme violence and many young women fell prey to newfound addictions of crack cocaine and other drugs.
Police Chief William Bratton assembled Kilcoyne's squad in June 2007 after the death of the killer's most recent known victim, 25-year-old Janecia Peters, who was found shot to death in a trash bin in a graffiti-tagged alley.

"We realized we've got a serious problem," Kilcoyne said. "This guy is still out there."
Because of the race of his victims, critics faulted the Police Department for not investigating the killings sooner and said the city was disinterested in the case.
Porter Alexander, 68, whose youngest daughter, Monique Alexander, was killed in 1988, said police initially seemed reluctant to investigate her death because there were signs she may have been involved in prostitution.
"They didn't show any strong concern," he said. "If I didn't call, I didn't get a call."
Police don't know why the killer took a 14-year hiatus. The gap led the LA Weekly newspaper, which first wrote about him, to dub him the "Grim Sleeper."
One description of the suspect exists — from a woman who survived an attack in 1988. She recalled him driving an orange Pinto and offering her a ride to her sister's house.
After exchanging some lighthearted banter, she agreed to the driver's offer. He had chiseled features, a low afro and wore a black polo shirt. He would now be in his late 40s to early 60s.
Shortly after she got in the car, she said, he shot her. "I woke up in the dark, I was in the middle of the street," said the woman, whose number was provided by police. She asked not to be named because she is the victim of a crime.
http://news.aol.com/article/grim-sleeper-serial-killer/357528


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Mtnmom on February 26, 2009, 04:57:28 PM
Grim Sleeper a nightmare for LA

On New Year's Day, 2007, a homeless man rummaging for bottles and cans in a dumpster off Western Avenue in South Los Angeles - the notoriously neglected home of many of the megalopolis's poorest blacks and Latinos - made a grisly discovery.

Lying amid the trash, near a Christmas tree, was a black plastic rubbish bag. It covered a young black woman, naked but for a gold pendant. She had been shot in the back.

Police identified her as Janecia Peters, 25. The murder of a young black woman aroused little reaction, beyond family grief, as violent death in South LA is common and often unsolved. Indeed, Peters' murder was first misreported as a stabbing.

But this death was different. Late last month the Los Angeles Police Department stunned the megalopolis by revealing that Peters was the latest victim of the most prolific serial killer in California's bloody history.

The killer, dubbed the Grim Sleeper, has committed at least 11 murders since 1985; 10 black women raped and shot and one black man shot.

Disturbingly, he appears to have halted his grisly spree in 1988, after eight murders, only to re-emerge in 2002, then to disappear between 2003 and 2007.

In May 2007, following DNA analysis - the killer left traces of DNA on his victims' breasts - detectives finally concluded a serial killer was stalking their city.
"The day those tests came in, we realised we had a serial killer on our hands who has been active for 23 years," said LAPD Detective Dennis Kilcoyne, who heads the team of seven full-time investigators. Formed last May, the unit operated covertly until recently.
They have their work cut out. Their quarry may have killed others in what is at least a 23-year murder spree. Thirty-three cold cases - unsolved homicides - on LAPD files show similarities to the Grim Sleeper's known victims.

The news that a killer was in their midst provoked anger in South LA where residents asked why they were not warned earlier. "Leaving us out of the loop about something so important boggles the mind," said Bernard Parks, a former LAPD chief, who now represents South LA on the council.

Police say they had to walk a tightrope. Publicity would warn the public and might solicit tips but it could also alert the killer. However 18 months after the LAPD formed its task force, police seem no closer to catching the killer.

The biggest problem, says LAPD Chief of Detectives Charlie Beck, is the victims "all had some connection to high-risk street activity" - prostitution, drugs, or both - and warnings didn't "prohibit them from their activities".

The world's oldest profession is also one of the deadliest in LA where street prostitution is illegal. Beck rejects complaints police might have acted swifter had the murders occurred in a wealthy, white area. "That's nonsensical. There aren't any street prostitutes in Bel Air."


Besides assembling a team, the city has offered a $50,000 reward per victim and up to $500,000 for all the known cases - the largest reward ever offered by the city.

Porter Alexander, whose daughter Alicia was found dead in 1988 after she went to a local store, spoke at a press conference this month when the city posted its reward. "We hope they bring this menace to a halt," he said. "I know someone out there knows something or has seen something."

Little is known publicly about the suspect. The only witness, an unidentified black woman who survived a 1988 attack, says a black man in his mid-30s with short hair picked her up in an orange Ford Pinto, then raped and shot her in the chest. Amazingly, she persuaded him to let her jump from his car. This is the last known attack before 2002.

"Everything dried up," said Kilcoyne. "Detectives ran out of clues. They got on to other things."

At the time the Grim Sleeper murders were viewed as isolated crimes. But retrospective analysis shows striking similarities in his modus operandi. Besides selecting blacks, the killer shot his victims in the chest with the same .25 handgun.
Moreover, the female victims had all been found on or near Western Avenue, a long north-south boulevard through South LA. As for the only male victim - Thomas Steele, 36, found shot dead in the middle of an intersection - Beck says he "may have had some involvement with the prostitution business".

Based on the 1988 attack Beck says "we're looking for a male black, probably in his mid-50s". He cautions that this profile is vague as the witness was, and is, traumatised.
In 2001 Parks, then LAPD chief, instructed detectives to re-examine cold case murder books - over 9000 unsolved homicides dating back to 1960 - using new DNA technologies.

Four years later LAPD Detective Cliff Shephard found a match between Valerie McCorvey, 35, killed in 2003, and Princess Berthomieux, 14, killed in 2002 - both strangled and dumped near Western - and a preserved DNA sample taken from Lowe, killed in 1987.

When Peters was killed, and DNA linked her to the other murders, the LAPD quietly formed its task force. As is usual when hunting serial killers police also consulted profilers.

This may be of little value because, says Beck, the Grim Sleeper "may be outside the parameters of a 'typical' serial killer". Instead, the killer is likely to be a "regular customer who occasionally kills prostitutes. But not all prostitutes".

The biggest mystery, other than the killer's identity, is why he apparently stopped killing between 1988 and 2001, and between 2003 and 2007, although his bloody footprint may be linked to other cold cases from this period.

Detectives theorise he may have been abroad or out of the state. He may have been in prison but not had his DNA taken.

Currently, hopes are focusing on a "familial search" comparing the killer's DNA with a state database that may include relatives. If his familial DNA emerges in a search of over 1 million DNA profiles, police might be able to identify the Grim Sleeper.

It can't be done soon enough for people in South LA. The Grim Sleeper has been quiet for 20 months. The race for a familial DNA match is made urgent by the fear that the killer is biding his time waiting to strike again.

KNOWN VICTIMS
These are the victims and the dates they disappeared or were found.

* Debra Jackson, 29 - August 10, 1985.
* Henrietta Wright, 35 - August 12, 1986.
* Thomas Steele, 36 - August 14, 1986.
* Barbara Ware, 23 - January 10, 1987.
* Bernita Sparks, 25 - April 15, 1987.
* Mary Lowe, 26 - November 1, 1987.
* Lachrica Jefferson, 22 - January 30, 1988.
* Alicia " Monique" Alexander, 18 - September 11, 1988.
* Princess Berthomieux, 14 - March 19, 2002.
* Valerie McCorvey, 35 - July 11, 2003.
* Janecia Peters, 25 - January 1, 2007.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: doubledecker on June 14, 2009, 08:43:15 PM
I have also researched this case somewhat.  Is anyone else here researching this case? If so I would like to discuss and have info I can add to the board.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on June 22, 2009, 02:46:44 PM
(http://www.newcriminologist.com/uploads/20093204347.jpg)

3/20/2009
'The Grim Sleeper': A Dozen Black Victims, Two Decades, No Suspect

The LAPD is staking it's claim as the most inept police department in the country.

In nearly two decades, 11 or more people have been murdered by the same man, with the police department nearly powerless to stop it.

Recently, an emergency call from 1987 was released in hopes of getting a lead on L.A.'s most notorious serial killer, dubbed the "grim sleeper" for the significant time lapse in between his killings. The killer has been at large since 1985, despite a $500,000 reward and samples of his DNA on file. As far as the police know, all of his victims have been black.

So what's taking so long? ...

The man on the call gave the license plate number of the van and police eventually located the vehicle at a church. "Then the trail stops there," said Kilcoyne. "It sounds like it was a pretty good road map for the investigation at the time and it just fizzled out." Here, a billboard advertises a reward for information on the killer, who has murdered at least 11 times in nearly a quarter century.  (Note: Please disable your pop-up blocker)

On Wednesday, police in Los Angeles released a 1987 emergency call in the hopes of finding an elusive serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper." The two-minute call was made by a man who told police he saw a blue-and-white van dump the body of 23-year-old Barbara Ware, seen above.

Ware, who had a history of prostitution, was found shot to death in a South Los Angeles alley. Here, from left, Captain Denis Cremins, Detective Dennis Kilcoyne and Chief William Bratton stand behind a photo of the van described in the call.

The man on the call gave the license plate number of the van and police eventually located the vehicle at a church. "Then the trail stops there," said Kilcoyne. "It sounds like it was a pretty good road map for the investigation at the time and it just fizzled out." Here, a billboard advertises a reward for information on the killer, who has murdered at least 11 times in nearly a quarter century.

Journalists gather near a reward poster displaying some of the killer's victims. Kilcoyne and his men hope to track down former churchgoers or even someone who knows the voice on the emergency call. "We still have no idea who this guy is," Kilcoyne said. "We've got a half-million-dollar reward out there on billboards and no one calls." (Source: AP)

The suspect kills by gunshot or strangulation, in some cases both, usually after some kind of sexual contact. Ten victims were women, all were black and several were prostitutes. The bodies were all found outside, usually in dirty alleyways a few miles south of downtown. The Associated Press

The biggest lead the police have is a call from a man who says he saw a body being thrown out of a van. Unfortunately, the caller couldn't identify the driver and declined to identify himself.

Six victims were found with the killer's DNA on them but a search of prisoner databases came up blank. Detectives went on to ask the California Department of Justice to run a DNA search that sought possible matches to the killer's relatives.

http://www.newcriminologist.com/article.asp?nid=2134


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on June 22, 2009, 02:50:15 PM
Bound Together by the Grim Sleeper
L.A. family of serial killer's victims meet at long last
By Christine Pelisek
Published on May 06, 2009 at 6:25pm

It was a warm Saturday morning in April when two unmarked Los Angeles Police Department cars pulled into the parking lot of the Freewill Missionary Baptist Church in South Los Angeles.

Armed with trays of sandwiches, cans of soda, and small bags of Ruffles potato chips and Doritos, several serious-looking detectives dressed in business attire made their way into the church’s kitchen.

It wasn’t a typical police investigation.

The confidential affair was invitation-only. The six detectives and two captains chose the church as neutral ground. They wanted as many of the invited as possible to show up, and worried that asking them to a police station might keep some away. Guests trickled into the dining hall, signing in before taking seats at two large cafeteria-style tables covered with pink-and-white tablecloths. Fake red roses and “Reward!” posters stacked next to the salt-and-pepper shakers added an unintentional but slightly morbid feel.

By 11:15 a.m., most of the 25 guests had arrived. A pastor welcomed them, asking them to join hands with the LAPD detectives in prayer. The group ranged in age from 5 to 65. They were strangers in almost every way but one: Several of them recognized one another because they’d recently been on the TV news in Southern California.

The guests were the families of the 11 victims of the Grim Sleeper, the longest-operating serial killer, ever, west of the Mississippi. And all of those gathered this day had lost a daughter, sister, aunt or mother. Little did they know that a few weeks later, in a development that seemed to highlight their shared heartache, police would arrest another long-elusive serial killer, the Westside Rapist, believed responsible for more than 25 killings during the 1970s and ’80s. According to police, in a story broken in the Los Angeles Times on April 30, John Floyd Thomas Jr., a 72-year-old state worker’s-compensation insurance adjuster, is now behind bars, linked by his own DNA to five cold-case Westside Rapist slayings.

DNA testing is also how the families pray police will catch the Grim Sleeper. As with alleged murderer Thomas, they hope, the LAPD or some other police force will eventually take a swab from the mouth of a man who matches the Grim Sleeper’s profile.

The Alexanders last saw their 17-year-old daughter Monique — a friendly teenager who had started to hang around with a bad crowd — 22 years ago when she walked out the front door on her way to the corner store. Sitting near them at the church meeting was a woman who was just a toddler when the body of her mother, Henrietta Wright, was found in an alley south of 2514 W. Vernon Ave.

Across the table from them sat stylishly dressed Larina Corlew, whose stepsister Barbara Ware was shot once in the chest and found in a heap of trash. A few seats from her was LaVerne Peters, who last spoke to her 25-year-old daughter Janecia about moving in with a friend, shortly before the beautiful young woman was found dead in a Dumpster on January 1, 2007, by a homeless man looking for recyclables.

“This has affected a lot of lives,” Los Angeles Police Department detective Dennis Kilcoyne told the families. “We have several generations of people here.... If you want it or not, you are connected.”

The killer, dubbed the Grim Sleeper by L.A. Weekly because he took a 13-year break before bizarrely resuming his slayings, began his awful crime spree on a warm August night in 1985 when the body of cocktail waitress Debra Jackson was found in an alley near West Gage Avenue, shot in the chest three times with a small-caliber pistol.

In total, DNA testing and ballistics matching have linked the Grim Sleeper to the deaths of 11 people, the most recent being Janecia Peters, found slain on the first day of 2007.

The roundtable discussion marked the first time that victims’ family members and detectives met at once to talk about the 10 women and one man murdered almost exclusively along, or near, a section of Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. The Weekly was invited to attend the meeting by the victims’ families, who conducted an impromptu vote to ask the newspaper to sit in.

Victim Barbara Ware’s stepmother, Diana, had asked detectives to bring the families together in the hopes of jogging old memories that might offer clues to police. Did any of the victims know each other? Is there some common thread yet to be recognized by investigators that the family members might unearth once brought together?

Ware, a woman with a persuasive personality, says she told the LAPD detectives, “‘Maybe there is some connection between the families,’ and [Det. Kilcoyne] said he would see if he could set it up.”

“We need your help,” Kilcoyne said matter-of-factly to them. “We don’t have a market on good ideas. If we did, he would have been caught 24 years ago.”

There were plenty of questions from the victims’ relatives. Are the killings ritualistic in some way? Why did he take a 13-year break before resuming his killings a few years ago?

“We can’t discount anything,” answered an amiable Kilcoyne, as the other five serial-killer task-force detectives listened intently to the spirited discussion.

Do the detectives believe the killer is still out there?

Kilcoyne couldn’t be certain. “We don’t have crystal balls.... The worst-case scenario is he is driving around ... or he could have died two years ago.”

“Did he move?” asked Barbara Ware’s aunt, Sherry, saying, “Maybe he went away for a while and is killing somewhere else.”

Family members and detectives theorized about who the mystery caller was, his deep voice recorded in January of 1987 as he told an LAPD dispatcher that he had just observed a man dumping a body from a van. The body turned out to be Ware.

And what about the easily recognizable, pimped-out orange Pinto or Pinto-like car with its white marble gear-shift knob and white interior — the car the killer was driving when he raped and shot sole survivor and eyewitness, Enietra Margette, before that orange car seemed to simply vanish from the streets of Los Angeles?

At one eerie point in the luncheon, victim Lachrica Jefferson’s aunt Yvonne Bell, who lived on Western Avenue between 1982 and 1987, insisted “I remember that car.” The 55-year-old Bell, a friendly former custodian for the U.S. Air Force, also felt sure that, “I recognize some of the [photos of the dead] girls ... but it is too late now” to piece together why.

Monique Alexander’s father, Porter, who was wearing a black buttoned-up shirt, black jeans and cowboy boots, wanted to know how the Grim Sleeper could have evaded justice for more than two decades after murdering his teenage daughter, who loved sports and horseback riding.

“He never has committed crimes and never been in the military,” Alexander theorized, as to why the Grim Sleeper’s DNA, which has been found at several crime scenes, does not match anyone’s DNA in any known crime database. “If you can’t attach something to him, you can’t find him. He knows how to protect himself.”

Kilcoyne told the families that all eight of the early victims were connected ballistically, by bullets showing the exact same striations and marring, meaning they were shot by the same gun. That same gun was used against sole survivor Enietra Margette, who was saved after ER workers dug a matching bullet from her chest. Among the eight older murder cases, DNA was recovered from three crime scenes, and that cold-case DNA was ultimately matched to fresh DNA taken from the three recent murders, committed after a 13-year gap.

“We have 10,000 [unsolved] murder cases in our archives,” Kilcoyne said, indicating the vast nature of the job police have faced. “If your cases weren’t connected by this serial killer, very possibly [they would] be archive cases and never looked at – collecting dust in a storage area.”

Detectives were dealt a setback in December when a search of DNA databases, in hopes of determining the killer’s real name by finding near-matches that indicate a male family member, came up empty. Apparently, none of the killer’s brothers or father have genetic profiles in the existing databases.

“Will you retest the familial DNA?” asked Peters. To the relief of family members, Kilcoyne said state Attorney General Jerry Brown’s testing lab plans to search the criminal database for new clues every six months.

“Is there a time limit on the task force?” queried Peters.

“There is no hint of that,” said Kilcoyne. “This is on the front burner of [Chief William J.] Bratton. He is not going to say, ‘We will give up for [the next] 10 years and it will be someone else’s problem.’”

As the families sipped soda and nibbled on potato chips and sandwiches stuffed with ham and turkey, Kilcoyne explained that when he realized, in 2006, that the long-dormant Grim Sleeper had struck again, LAPD was “in the reluctant stage” about alerting the public and media. However, the story broke in L.A. Weekly last fall. The resulting media coverage has led to hundreds of new clues, and serial-killer task-force detectives have ruled out dozens of suspects and have swabbed the mouths of more than 50 men to collect DNA, none of which has matched.

The ideas from the public are sometimes helpful, but also absurd. “Someone asked us to look at Dodger players,” said Kilcoyne. “We are checking every little clue that is coming our way.... Cops are not off-limits. They have been looked at and will continue to be looked at.”

In one instance, detectives followed a potential suspect for days before he dropped a cigarette butt, which police grabbed and analyzed for a DNA match. In another case, a woman flew to California from another state, convinced her ex-husband was the Grim Sleeper. “She was so adamant,” said Captain Denis Cremins. “As it turned out, we eliminated him through DNA.”

Alexander, father of victim Monique, feels certain that “He is a smooth type of person.... He knows how to handle himself in the street.” Unless “DNA is extracted,” he says, it will be difficult to catch him.

Cremins urged the families not to become cynical or give up hope. “Guys like [Ted] Bundy, they had one flaw — arrogance. Give us that one opportunity. That’s our job, to be there when he makes that mistake.... This guy will slip up.”

“The fortunate part is we have [his] DNA,” added Kilcoyne. “We have a profile ... and that day will come when we will know who he is and have a match to his face.” Kilcoyne is among many in law enforcement who believe “It will be the science that will put this guy in jail.... Sooner or later we are going to get a call.”

By 2 p.m., the families slowly began to trickle out. The pastor ended the three-hour meeting, not with a prayer, but with a gentle joke acknowledging the pain these families have been through. “This is the start of something,” he said. “The meeting was done decently and orderly. It could have gotten ugly up in here.”
http://www.laweekly.com/2009-05-07/news/bound-together-by-the-grim-sleeper/3

The above report is 3 pages long...I have posted all of it, but there are many photos at the link within the 3 pages.


Title: Grim Sleeper murders: $550K reward
Post by: Nut44x4 on June 22, 2009, 03:02:53 PM
Grim Sleeper murders: $550K reward
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Wednesday, Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles Police Department renewed a record $500,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Grim Sleeper, who killed 11 people and attacked a woman.
The city council first approved the record reward last year and Wednesday approved an additional $50,000, hoping it leads to a break in the long-running case.
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=6835688


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on June 22, 2009, 03:04:44 PM
Group Irate Over Serial Murders

Our Weekly, News Report, Shirley Hawkins, Posted: Jun 11, 2009

The pain will not go away.

Members of the Black Coalition Fighting Black Serial Murders (BCFBSM) fought back tears Thursday, May 28 in front of Parker Center as they recalled the loved ones who met untimely deaths at the hands of a South Los Angeles serial killer, labeled the “Grim Sleeper.”

The killer, who murdered 11 victims, has escaped police capture for 24 years. His last known victim was murdered on January 1, 2007.

The cold case caused Councilmember Bernard Parks recently to renew a reward of $500,000 for information leading to the capture of the “Grim Sleeper.”

Waving signs and placards that read “Gone But Not Forgotten” and “Black Women’s Lives Count, Too,” the group demanded that police and city officials inform them about progress in the murders.

Members of BCFBSM claim that families of several of the victims were never notified by law enforcement that their loved ones were killed by a serial killer. Many family members said they had to learn about the murder of their loved ones from the newspaper or television.

The group was also irate that the police have only recently released a 911 tape made in 1987 from a witness who saw the driver of a van dumping a body, which was identified as 23-year-old Barbara Ware.

Despite the formation of a police task force in April of 2007, family members and friends of victims claim that police have not kept them updated. “We didn’t even know that there was a Grim Sleeper serial killer task force until last year,” said Diana Ware, the stepmother of Barbara Ware, the Grim Sleeper’s fourth victim.

“The detectives told us the day after her death that Barbara had been found in the alley. Barbara was shot by the killer in the heart,” reported Ware. After being shot and killed, Barbara’s body was dumped from a van that belonged to the Cosmopolitan Church.

It’s really sad because Barbara was just getting her life back on track,” said Ware, adding that Barbara had just completed a drug rehabilitation program and left behind a four-year-old daughter. She was murdered two days after her birthday.”

“When the 911 tape was released and my daughter’s picture was shown, her daughter, Naomi, who’s now 28, saw it on CNN News. Before that broadcast, Naomi didn’t know too much about her mother’s death,” said Ware. “She just knew that her mother had been murdered. When she saw the broadcast, she was shocked and upset.”

Margaret Prescod, founder of BCFBSM, said, “We all know that if these murders happened in an affluent community like Beverly Hills and the victims were not Black, this manhunt would be on local and national news. People around the world would know about it. It is an example of the kind of racist hierarchy in the value of human life that places black women and women of color at the bottom of the hierarchy,” she said.

Ware said that although her stepdaughter’s body was found near Cosmopolitan Church, which is no longer in existence, some members of the church were not investigated at the time of the young woman’s death. “I think the church is the key to the whole case,” said Ware. “I think they should contact a person who had a list of all the church members because I believe someone in the church is involved.

The van that the witness in the 911 tape identified is now in Belize,” said Ware, who added that the hood of the van was still warm when police found her step-daughter’s body.

Demands from the group include an urgent and stepped up public information campaign about the murders; that the LAPD provide complete information about all murders, bimonthly reports to the community on the status of the investigation, an accurate account of how many women are believed to have been killed by the killer or killers, a congressional hearing and an investigation by the Department of Justice into the handling and mishandling of the cases by law enforcement and compensation for the victims and their families.

Victims of the Grim Sleeper murdered between 1985 and 2007 include Debra Jackson, Henrietta Wright, Thomas Steele, Barbara Ware, Bernita Sparks, Mary Lowe, Lachrica Jefferson, Alicia Monique Alexander, Princess Berthomieux, Valerie McCorvey and Janecia Peters. In addition to the 11 murder victims, there is only one survivor of the Grim Sleeper’s attacks.

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=f9baf0eabcf6ef64fe42cd194040db05


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Edward on June 23, 2009, 03:05:21 PM
QUOTE..
LAPD provide complete information about all murders, bimonthly reports to the community on the status of the investigation, an accurate account of how many women are believed to have been killed by the killer or killers
END.


I insist..
Nation wide !! ALL Law enforcment agencies !!  ALL murders and missing persons..
 Congress pay attention, NOW! Make it LAW

jmho


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 27, 2009, 08:24:33 AM
New Sketches of California Serial Killer
December 17, 2009
(http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a76102e8970b-800wi)

In the ongoing search for a serial killer who has claimed at least 11 lives in South Los Angeles since 1985, LAPD officials today released a series of sketches that picture what the killer might look like today.

The three new sketches of the aged man were based on a description given to police in 1988 by the only woman known to have survived an attack by the assailant.

Deputy Chief Jim McDonnell, head of detectives for the Los Angeles Police Department, said he hopes the images will jog the memory of someone familiar with the killer.

“We believe this case is very solvable. Someone out there has a piece of information that we need,” he said. “It may seem to them so insignificant, so small ... to us it might be the missing piece of the puzzle that we’ve been looking for.”

Despite McDonnell’s optimism, there has been little reason so far to be hopeful that police will someday  catch the killer. Long stretches of time between known slayings and a disjointed, often dormant investigation that spanned different generations of detectives left police unclear for years that a single man was responsible for the string of killings.

All the victims, except one man, were young, black women often involved in drugs and prostitution. When the killer was linked through DNA tests to another victim in 2007, a task force of veteran LAPD homicide detectives was formed to hunt for the killer.

Searches of DNA felon databases for the man or his family members and painstaking efforts to track down the prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers and others who may know him have turned up little in the way of clues.

The release of sketches showing a graying and heavier man is the latest effort by detectives and elected officials to keep the story in the media spotlight to generate tips from the public.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/12/new-sketches-released-of-man-who-killed-11-people-in-south-la-since-1985.html


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: wtxyz on December 27, 2009, 09:04:40 AM
this guy is not your typical serial killer. he's not killing for the thrill and pleasure of it , he's killing out of nesessity. meaning( he has to kill to conceil his identity). he's a well known person in south los angelos. maybe rich, has too much to lose,but cant stop the urge for sex with prostitutes.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 27, 2009, 09:08:48 AM
interesting...  :2thinky:


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: wtxyz on December 27, 2009, 11:08:26 AM
the 911 caller was the killer. he wanted the victim found quickly so le could connect the dot's and realize he was going to kill again.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 27, 2009, 02:12:22 PM
(http://laist.com/attachments/la_zach/1-victims.jpg)


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 27, 2009, 02:13:09 PM
(http://www.foxnews.com/images/511944/0_61_killer1_320.jpg)


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on July 07, 2010, 03:56:14 PM
Arrest Made in "Grim Sleeper" Serial Killer Case
The "Grim Sleeper" is responsible for at least 11 deaths over a period of 22 years in the Los Angeles area.
KTLA News
12:44 AM PDT, July 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- An arrest was made Wednesday in the so-called "Grim Sleeper" serial killer case, according to police.

Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley identified the suspect as 51-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

The "Grim Sleeper" is responsible for at least 11 deaths over a period of 22 years in the Los Angeles area in the 1980's.

Dozens of police officials closed off a block around the 81st Street house where the arrest was made in South Los Angeles.

Neighbors described the man who lives there as friendly and quiet.

He was described in 1988 by a surviving victim as black, in his 20s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, around 160 pounds, soft-spoken, articulate, with neatly trimmed hair and a pockmarked face.

Police released new composite sketches of the "Grim Sleeper" in December showing what the suspect may look like now.

A surviving victim provided information used for the composite drawing.

DNA and ballistics evidence have connected the killings of 10 women and one man from 1985 to 2007, police said. After 1988, the killer did not commit any known homicides until 2002. He last struck on Jan. 1, 2007.

The victims were all African-American and most were apparent prostitutes or drug addicts, who were sexually assaulted.

A 12th victim escaped after she was shot and raped.

Detectives released a recording of a 1987 emergency call as they searched for a suspect.

The witness called from a pay phone to say he had seen a man remove a woman's body from a blue and white 1976 Dodge van.

The man told the dispatcher the van's license plate was 1PZP746, and police located it about 30 minutes later at the now-defunct Cosmopolitan Cathedral.

"The engine was still warm to the touch," Kilcoyne said.

The body the witness reported seeing was that of Barbara Ware, a 23-year-old with a history of prostitution who was found shot to death in a South Los Angeles alley in 1987.

When asked his name, the caller said "I know too many people," and then hung up.

The "Grim Sleeper" nickname is intended to convey the fact that a purported serial killer apparently stopped murdering for 13 years, then became active again in 2002.
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-grim-sleeper-arrest,0,380919.story


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on July 07, 2010, 05:31:17 PM
EXCLUSIVE: How they caught the Grim Sleeper; his own son's DNA trail led them straight to him
By LA Weekly, Wed., Jul. 7 2010 @ 1:55PM

His own son's DNA trail led directly to Grim Sleeper suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

Sources tell Los Angeles Weekly that the serial killer was caught through familial DNA testing after his son was arrested and had to give up a DNA swab.

A month ago, LAPD detective Dennis Kilcoyne said LAPD was going to try another controversial "familial DNA" matching probe, testing against 1 million samples in the California felon database to find the killer's cousin, brother or uncle.

"At least it brings a little bit of closure," Laverne Peters, the mother of victim Janecia Peters, told LA Weekly today. "It is very good news for me. I don't know whether to cry or scream."

The science of testing for familial DNA was hotly pursued by LAPD in 2008 when police realized that the Grim Sleeper sociopath, who had been slaughtering people since 1985, had kept his nose clean and stayed out of jail.

Because he'd stayed out of trouble, he'd never had his mouth swabbed for DNA.

No doubt, working with police every day as an LAPD mechanic, he knew every trick for avoiding arrest. He knew cop lingo and police habits.

But then, his son screwed up and apparently got nabbed by cops. His son got a mouth swab. His son's DNA test lit up like a Christmas tree:


His son's DNA, police tell LA Weekly, matched in so many ways that LAPD knew they'd found a close relative of Grim Sleeper, the most elusive serial killer to ever haunt the Western United States.

As the Weekly reported in 2008, an effort to scour the state of California's database of felons, in search of DNA that could turn up a close relative of the Grim Sleeper, and in turn lead to the elusive killer, turned up no family.

It was a big blow to LAPD's special Grim Sleeper task force, and to many in the community who had long awaited any new clues leading to his arrest.

But today, at long last, the nightmare appeared to be over.

Neighbors say the 51-year-old Franklin Jr. was a mechanic at the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Division station, near where most of the killings occurred in the 1980's.

He was arrested at his house on 81st Street near Western Avenue in South Los Angeles today.

His home is almost at the epicenter of the troubled sector of Los Angeles where the brutal murders took place. Franklin is believed to have killed 11 people, mostly women, since 1985.

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/crime/grim-sleeper-son-dna-trail-led/


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on July 07, 2010, 05:34:31 PM
A News Conference will be held tomorrow, Thursday July 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., in front of the Police Administrative Building, 100 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, Ca.  At that time the Los Angeles Police Department Command and Investigative personnel will describe the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Franklin.

WHAT:
News Conference   

WHEN:
Thursday, July 8, 2010
11 a.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles Police Administrative Building
100 West 1st Street
Los Angeles 90012

WHO:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles (Tentative)
LAPD Police of Chief Charlie Beck
LAPD Command and Investigative Personnel
Councilman Bernard Parks, District No. 8
Attorney General Jerry Brown, State of California
District Attorney Steve Cooley, City of Los Angeles

WHY:
The Los Angeles Police Department will describe the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

CONTACT:
For further information, contact the LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

http://www.lapdonline.org/newsroom/news_view/45472


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on July 07, 2010, 06:24:15 PM
Jul 7, 2010 2:57 pm US/Pacific

'Grim Sleeper' Timeline

Debra Jackson, 29, was found on Aug. 10, 1985 in an alley off of West Gage Avenue and South Vermont Avenue. She was shot three times in the chest and was found fully clothed, hidden under an old carpet. Jackson was a cocktail waitress and been on her way home from a friend's in Lynwood.
Henrietta Wright, 35, was found Aug. 12, 1986 in the 2500 block of West Vernon. She had been shot twice in the chest, was wrapped in a blanket, covered with a mattress. The killer had stuffed a man's long-sleeved shirt into her mouth. Wright was fully clothed but was shoeless.

Thomas Steele, 36, was found Aug. 14, 1986 near 71st Street and Halldale Avenue. Steele had been shot once behind the right ear and was dumped on the road fully clothed. Steele, of San Diego, was reportedly in Los Angeles to visit his sister.

Barbara Ware, 23, was found Jan. 10, 1987 in an alley of the 1300 block of East 56th Street with one shot to the chest. Ware was fully clothed, covered with trash and a plastic bag draped over her upper body.

Bernita Sparks, 25, was shot in the chest, strangled and beaten on April 15, 1987 and left in an alley in the 9400 block of South Western Avenue with one shot to the chest, strangled and beaten. Sparks was fully clothed and covered with garbage. Sparks was originally listed as Jane Doe No. 25.

Mary Lowe, 26, was found Nov. 1, 1987 after telling her mother she was going to a Halloween Party. Lowe was found shot in the chest and left in an alley near bushes in the 8900 block of Western Avenue. Lowe's mother said a neighbor saw Lowe get into a car with a young black man driving a rust or orange Ford Pinto.

Lachrica Jefferson, 22, was found Jan. 30, 1988 shot twice in the chest in an alley in the 2000 block of West 102nd Street in Lennox. A mattress covered her fully clothed body and a napkin scrawled with the word "AIDS" was placed over her face.

Alicia "Monique" Alexander, 18, was found shot in the chest in an alley near 43rd Place and Western Avenue on Sept. 11, 1988. Her nude body was covered with a mattress. Alexander had been sexually assaulted.
 
A woman identified only as "Margette" accepted a ride from a man on Nov. 20, 1988 and was shot in the chest. She says she was still bleeding as the man believed to be the Grim Sleeper snapped a photo of her as he raped her. He then dumped her out onto the street and went silent until 2001. She described her attacker as a smart, preppy-looking black man in his 30s driving a rust, red or orange Ford Pinto. The bullet removed from her chest matched the gun used to kill the first eight victims. Margette is believed to be the only known survivor of the Grim Sleeper.

Princess Berthomieux, 14, was found strangled in an alley in the 8100 block of South Van Ness Avenue in Inglewood on March 19, 2002. She had been missing since December 2001.

Valerie McCorvey, 35, was found in an alley between 109th and 108th Streets near Denker Avenue. McCorvey had been strangled and sexually assaulted. McCorvey's boyfriend was initially suspected of her muder, but DNA on her body matched evidence found on Berthomieux and Lowe.

Janecia Peters, 25, was found shot in the back and dumped in a garbage bag on Jan. 1, 2007. Peters' death was initially misreported as a stabbing.
In September 2008, the City of Los Angeles offered a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Grim Sleeper.
In November 2009, Los Angeles police detectives released a composite sketch, along with an age-enhanced version, to the public based on the description from victim "Margette."
http://cbs2.com/local/Grim.Sleeper.Timeline.2.1792682.html


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on December 16, 2010, 05:12:05 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/grim-sleeper-serial-killer-victim-photos-released-la/story?id=12412994
Videos at link
New 'Grim Sleeper' Photos Released
L.A. Police Chief Says 'These People Are Not Suspects; We Don't Even Know if They Are Victims'
December 16, 2010

Los Angeles police released 180 new images of unidentified women that were found on the property of the suspected "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, in hopes that someone will recognize their faces and contact investigators.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said in a press conference Thursday that investigators are asking the public to help identify the 160 women in the photos to determine whether they are still alive.

The photos show women ranging from teenagers to those who look as if they're in their 60s. Some are smiling, others appear to be unconcious.
"These people are not suspects," Beck said of the photos. "We don't even know if they are victims. ... We certainly do not believe that we are so lucky or so good that we know all of the victims. We need the public's help."

Beck also cautioned the public that some of these photos span back decades, and that these women "will have changed, aged."
The Daily Beast's Christine Pelisek reported that the full photos of these women show them with either their breasts exposed or fully naked.

Homicide Detective Dennis Kilcoyne, who headed the team that tracked down suspected "Grim Sleeper" Lonnie David Franklin Jr., would not comment on the nature of the photographed women's "lifestyle or situation." He did acknowledge that the L.A. Police Department was showing only the women's faces, which was "indicative of the content in the photos."

"Our best wish is that we get a phone call from each and every one of the them and that everyone is OK," he said.

Detectives also encouraged any of the women who are still alive to come forward and explain how they came to be photographed.

Franklin, a 57-year-old mechanic, was charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in July for the infamous "Grim Sleeper" slayings in Los Angeles. He is accused of murdering 10 young women between 1985 and 2007 in South Los Angeles.

When detectives searched Franklin's home and surrounding property, they found more than 1,000 photos and hundreds of hours of home video footage in his procession.

"It's a long period of time that he's been taking pictures," Kilcoyne said.

Authorities working on the case said they had been trying to identify the women in the images for months.

Franklin pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 23, 2010, during a court appearance. He remains in custody.
Determining the identity of the "Grim Sleeper," who had eluded police for more than two decades, was helped by a DNA sample taken from the suspect's son.

A technique called familial DNA led police to Franklin in July.

Police said the DNA technique could prove more revolutionary than fingerprinting in solving crimes.

"This is a landmark case. This will change the way policing is done in the United States," Beck said at the news conference today.

The technique may also be controversial, and likely faces legal challenges.

"This arrest provides proof positive that familial DNA searches must be a part of law enforcement's crime-fighting arsenal. Although the adoption of this new state policy was unprecedented and controversial, in certain cases, it is the only way to bring a dangerous killer to justice," said Attorney General Jerry Brown in a statement.

The familial DNA program was enacted by Brown in April 2008 as a way to fight violent crimes when there is "serious risk to public safety," according to the attorney general's office. California is the first state to use familial searches.

The high-profile case had languished unsolved, and had haunted the files of the LAPD cold-case unit for years.

According to the attorney general's office, the suspect's son was arrested and convicted in a felony weapons charge and swabbed for DNA last year. When his DNA was entered into the database of convicted felons, detectives were alerted to a partial match to evidence found at the "Grim Sleeper" crime scenes.

Police began investigating Franklin's son's relatives, and found a match in Lonnie Franklin. Police said he had never been a suspect until now.

The data bank, which contains more than 1.5 million samples, is the third largest criminal database in the world. Only data from convicted felons is collected, according to Brown, and a number of safeguards are taken before the Department of Justice releases the information to police.

Los Angeles Police Detective Dennis Kilcoyne, who headed the investigation, said it was the second time a query was run for familial connections in the "Grim Sleeper" case. From the DNA matches, a tight circle of law enforcement officers zeroed in on Franklin based on the suspect's residence, location of the victims, his race and age.

Familial DNA database searches have come under fire from privacy and civil liberty advocates, who argue, among other things, that they put more minorities, who are disproportionally represented in the database, in an at-risk group.

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of familial DNA sample collection and searches. Brown said the office of the attorney general will be in court again next week defending the technique, and raised the possibility of more legal challenges.

The killings of 10 young black women and one man, beginning in 1985, have all been blamed on the "Grim Sleeper." Franklin has not been charged for the shooting death of 36-year-old Thomas Steele, but police said they believe his death is connected to the other killings.

Neighbors Shocked by Franklin's Arrest

The cluster of killings stopped in 1988, but 14 years later police said they linked new murders to the same man, nicknamed the "Grim Sleeper" for the long lull between slayings. The most recent murder happened in January 2007.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised law enforcement officials for their "exhaustive detective work" in the past 25 years that led to nabbing the suspect. More than two dozen investigators worked to find the "Grim Sleeper."

"I'm proud to announce that this terror has finally come to an end," Villaraigosa said at today's news conference.

Relatives of the victims who were in attendance said they were elated and thankful that the police finally brought the alleged killer to justice.

Police closed off the block on 81st Street in South Los Angeles where Franklin lived Wednesday and the arrest was made. Residents were shocked.

Neighbor Donna Harris, who's known Franklin for nearly 20 years ago, said the retired mechanic was supposed to fix her car this morning.

"Everybody on the block, we all knew if anything was happening with anybody's cars, he was always there for us. Especially the ladies," Harris said. "Even if we weren't at home, instead of calling Triple AAA, he would help."

Franklin was reportedly a mechanic for a Los Angeles Police Department station near the epicenter of the murder spree in the 1980s.

Though Harris counted Franklin as a friend, she said the news was frightening.

"It frightens me to know that somebody like that was that close," Harris said. "I don't want to believe it's true, [but] if he did what he's been accused of, God judged him for that."

Franklin has a criminal history dating back to 1989, according to records. His four previous convictions include charges of a misdemeanor battery and assault, as well as two charges for stolen property -- one of which he served jail time for.

With these latest charges, he could face the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of parole. He's expected to be arraigned today.

Searching for a Los Angeles Serial Killer

A handful of detectives, headed by Detective Dennis Kilcoyne, have been working full-time on the case for years, determined to find the "Grim Sleeper."
Eleven people have died so far, and there was one confirmed attempt and near killing, in the same South Los Angeles neighborhood.

"We have 12 individuals, starting in 1985. Our third victim, Thomas Steele, was the only male involved in this," said Kilcoyne.

All the slayings have been connected to the same 25-caliber handgun, and matched to the same DNA, usually saliva taken from the victims' breasts.

"The commonality is that they're all from the same general area of the city in south Los Angeles," Kilcoyne said. "I don't think I would label them all as prostitutes per se, but they certainly have troubled lifestyles. They're broken people and easy targets."

In February, LAPD offered a $500,000 reward -- the city's biggest ever -- advertised on billboards near where the victims were found. Investigators also released a 20-year-old 911 call in which a witness says he saw a van pull up in a dark alley and dump a body, which was identified as Barbara Ware.

Listen to the 911 call here.

The caller tells the dispatcher several details, everything from the license plate number of the van -- which was a dead-end lead -- to the way the body was discarded. But he refused to tell the 911 operator his name, saying he didn't see the killer.

Reporter Discovers Serial Killer, Alerts Community

Police say they wouldn't have known there was a serial killer on the loose if he hadn't starting killing again. "We became aware of it right around April of 2007," LAPD Detective Bill Fallon told "Nightline" in March 2009. "And we realized there was a serial killer because of DNA hits we started getting. So when we get those hits, we're like, 'whoa.' That's when we started digging it."

But the police didn't notify the community until Christine Pelisek, a reporter from LA Weekly, began investigating.

"I was the one who told some of the family members that their daughters were victims of a serial killer," Pelisek said. "I mean, they didn't even know. The public safety committee, they had no idea. I mean, the police commission, I spoke to the police commission [to whom the police chief reports]. They didn't even know. So there were a lot of people very upset that the police didn't let the community know."

Fallon says investigators didn't want to alert the killer that they were searching for him.

"We wanted to get a a step ahead of the killer himself," he said. "I don't want you to know I'm coming for you until I find out who you are, where you are and what you are doing."
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There is a link referenced in the article that is currently not working.  I wonder if it's overloaded?


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on December 16, 2010, 05:13:25 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/12/16/california.serial.killer/
L.A. police seek public help with women's photos in Grim Sleeper case
By Michael Martinez, CNN
December 16, 2010

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Los Angeles authorities expanded their investigation into the Grim Sleeper serial killer case Thursday by asking for the public's help in identifying women in 180 photographs whose images were found in the suspect's home this summer.

Police are trying to determine if there are additional killings among the more than 100 women depicted in the photos.

Last July, 57-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was arrested and charged with 10 murders and one attempted murder dating back to 1985, and Los Angeles police spent hundreds of hours sifting through thousands of photographs, Polaroids and videotape found in Franklin's house.

The bodies of victims, many working as prostitutes, were all found in close proximity to each other in a neighborhood formerly known as South Central Los Angeles.

Franklin, a mechanic who once worked for the LAPD, was arrested in July after police say they matched his DNA with DNA left on some of the victims. Police were led to Franklin after his 28-year-old son got arrested and gave a DNA swab, authorities said.

Authorities said they narrowed down the confiscated images down to 180 photographs, some of them duplicates of the same women.

At a media conference attended by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck, authorities said they had difficulty determining whether some of the women were alive or dead in the photos.

"We cannot tell," Beck said. "Obviously, as all of you can see, some of them are animated and some are not. It's impossible to tell by the photographs.

Robbery Homicide Detective Dennis Kilcoyne said police have a responsibility to try to determine the whereabouts of the women.

"These are clearly photos of women that Mr. Franklin had contact with," said Kilcoyne. "We have a responsibility to identify these women. They may be alive and well, but we need to be certain."

"If there's nothing we glean from this, we are able to fill in the timeline of Mr. Franklin's life, and that's one of our goals as well," Kilcoyne said.

He declined to talk about the context in which the women's images appeared.

"The lifestyle or the situation that these women are in would defeat our plea with the public," Kilcoyne said.

Police are not sure where the women in the images resided, because Franklin's movements throughout his life are not yet ascertained, authorities said.

"His travel habits are unknown to us," Kilcoyne said. "We believe he spent the majority of his life right here in the city of Los Angeles."


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on December 16, 2010, 05:15:23 PM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/12/trove-of-photos-could-yield-more-victims-in-grim-sleeper-case.html
Police release 180-photo trove from 'Grim Sleeper' suspect [updated]
December 16, 2010

In a bold effort to determine whether there are additional "Grim Sleeper" victims, the Los Angeles Police Department is releasing photos of scores of women found in the possession of a man charged in 10 South Los Angeles killings.

Police hope the photo display will generate new tips from the public. Since the July arrest of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., the LAPD has received 75 calls from the family and friends of missing women wanting to know the fate of their loved ones.

After comparing information in those calls with evidence gathered in the Franklin investigation, detectives were soon able to discount most of the cases, said veteran homicide Det. Dennis Kilcoyne, head of the task force that tracked down the former city sanitation worker and police garage attendant. But Kilcoyne said investigators were taking a hard look at information generated by a handful of those contacts.

This is not the first time Southern California law enforcement has employed the tactic to help deal with serial killings. Last year, the Huntington Beach Police Department made public photos of women taken by accused serial killer Rodney Alcala. In 2006, the L.A. Sheriff's Department released the photos of 50 women taken by another accused killer, Bill Bradford.   

In the Grim Sleeper case, any public tips will come on top of 30 cases that police investigators already are reviewing because they share similarities to the slayings in which Franklin is accused. Franklin has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

There is no DNA evidence in any of the 30 cases, which is significant because authorities said they tied Franklin to some of the 10 killings based on a combination of DNA and ballistics evidence. Many of the cases are three decades old and occurred during a period when several serial killers were allegedly operating in South Los Angeles.

Franklin allegedly killed seven women between 1985 and 1988, then his alleged crimes seemed to come to an abrupt stop, authorities said. The slayings resumed in 2002, with a killing that year, another in 2003 and a third in 2007, police said.

The L.A. Weekly dubbed the killer the Grim Sleeper because of the lengthy, unaccounted-for gap in the slayings. But officials have said repeatedly that they suspect Franklin may be responsible for more homicides, including during the apparent lull.

During the search of Franklin's South Los Angeles home, detectives collected photo albums, documents, business cards and other records that they hoped could give them a better picture of the suspect and perhaps provide links to other victims.

One of the more troubling discoveries was nearly 1,000 still photographs and hundreds of hours of home video showing women, almost all of them partly or completely nude and striking sexually graphic poses.

LAPD officials said that after months of trying to identify the women, they decided to go public with the images of about 160 women in the hope that they, family or acquaintances will recognize the pictures and contact investigators. They released 180 images, some of which show the same women.

[Corrected at 1:50 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said the police released images of 180 women.]

"There's going to be a lot of speculation about the condition of some of the women in these photographs," Kilcoyne told The Times on Wednesday. “Right now, I don't know the answer."
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Photos and links to photos in the article


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper"
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 17, 2010, 07:49:15 AM
New Sketches of California Serial Killer
December 17, 2009
(http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a76102e8970b-800wi)

snipped.....just want to show the sketches of suspect against Lonnie F.

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. over the years.....

1993
(http://www.latimes.com/includes/projects/homicide_report/lonnie_david_franklin_mug.jpg)

1998
(http://i.cdn.turner.com/trutv/trutv.com/graphics/photos/serial_killers/predators/lonnie-david-franklin/franklin-mugshot-1998-lapd.jpg)

2010
(http://nimg.sulekha.com/others/thumbnailfull/lonnie-david-franklin-jr-2010-7-8-15-21-28.jpg)

2010
(http://a.abcnews.com/images/US/apg_Lonnie_David_Franklin_Jr_100805_mn.jpg)

Another poster/date unknown ... obviously he has gained weight over the years.
(http://news100.net/wp-content/uploads/HLIC/1b6cdb5feaa99aea15226fede563e7db.jpg)


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 17, 2010, 07:51:34 AM
To view poster, click here
http://www.lapdonline.org/newsroom/pdf_view/46775

To view all photos, click here.
http://s782.photobucket.com/albums/yy101/lpklapdonline/Grim%20Sleeper%20Photos/?albumview=slideshow
If you can identify any of these photos, please call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247)

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 cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”
Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
http://www.lapdonline.org/


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 17, 2010, 07:53:45 AM
Naturally, the first two links in the above post do not work for me.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on December 17, 2010, 09:10:12 AM
Naturally, the first two links in the above post do not work for me.

The first link kept loading and loading and loading, and I never got to see it:
http://www.lapdonline.org/newsroom/pdf_view/46775

But I was able to see the second link:
http://s782.photobucket.com/albums/yy101/lpklapdonline/Grim%20Sleeper%20Photos/?albumview=slideshow


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on December 17, 2010, 07:19:39 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/grim-sleeper-serial-killer-victim-photos-released-los/story?id=12424559&tqkw=&tqshow=NL
(video)
'Grim Sleeper' Photos: Five Women Tentatively Identified From Tips
Los Angeles Police Say People Call In: 'It's Me in the Picture'
December 17, 2010

The Los Angeles Police Department has tentatively indentified five of the dozens of women found in photos discovered on the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer's property.
Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Detectives David R. Doan said that "five people have identified five specific names" from photos posted on the L.A.P.D.'s website. All claims came through their tip hotline.

He said that "three or four of the five at this point" have come forward and said "it was me in the picture."

"We have not confirmed that and we're going to personally interview everyone," Doan said.

All of the photos were found on the property of the suspected "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., and police say they hope people will recognize the faces and contact investigators.

Police are investigating all claims called in and entering them into their computer database. Doan said they are now tracking down the people who made the calls, saying that they were turning most of their attention to people calling in to report that someone in one of the photos is a missing person.

"[It's a] hotter lead...if the person has not been seen for a couple of years," Doan said. "They say 'it's me' is not as hot as someone reported missing."

Doan said that all of the 160 images will remain on the L.A.P.D. website for now.

"We'll take them down if we're satisfied that the individual has been possibly identified," he said.

Los Angeles Police homicide detective Dennis Kilcoyne said various area police websites have recieved over 8 million hits since the photos were made public on Thursday, and the department has recieved hundreds of phone calls.

The photos show women ranging from teenagers to others who look as if they're in their 60s. Some are smiling, others appear to be unconscious.
"These people are not suspects," Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said of the photos. "We don't even know if they are victims. ... We certainly do not believe that we are so lucky or so good that we know all of the victims. We need the public's help."

Beck also cautioned the public that some of the photos are decades old, and that the women "will have changed, aged."

victims

The Daily Beast's Christine Pelisek reported that the full photos of these women show them with either their breasts exposed or fully naked.

Detective Kilcoyne, who headed the team that tracked down Franklin, would not comment on the nature of the photographed women's "lifestyle or situation." He did acknowledge that the L.A. Police Department was showing only the women's faces, which was "indicative of the content in the photos."

"Our best wish is that we get a phone call from each and every one of the them and that everyone is OK," he said.
Detectives also encouraged any of the women who are still alive to come forward and explain how they came to be photographed.

Franklin, a 57-year-old mechanic, was charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in July in the "Grim Sleeper" case. He is accused of murdering 10 young women between 1985 and 2007 in South Los Angeles.

When detectives searched Franklin's home and surrounding property, they found more than 1,000 photos and hundreds of hours of home video footage in his procession.

"It's a long period of time that he's been taking pictures," Kilcoyne said.

Authorities working on the case said they had been trying to identify the women in the images for months.

Franklin pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 23, 2010, during a court appearance. He remains in custody.

Determining the identity of the "Grim Sleeper," who had eluded police for more than two decades, was helped by a DNA sample taken from the suspect's son.

ABC News' Neal Karlinsky reported on a technique called familial DNA led police to Franklin in July.

Police said the DNA technique could prove more revolutionary than fingerprinting in solving crimes.

"This is a landmark case. This will change the way policing is done in the United States," Beck said at the news conference today.

The technique may also be controversial, and likely faces legal challenges.

"This arrest provides proof positive that familial DNA searches must be a part of law enforcement's crime-fighting arsenal. Although the adoption of this new state policy was unprecedented and controversial, in certain cases, it is the only way to bring a dangerous killer to justice," said Attorney General Jerry Brown in a statement.

The familial DNA program was started by Brown in April 2008 as a way to fight violent crimes when there is "serious risk to public safety," according to the attorney general's office. California is the first state to use familial searches.

The high-profile case had languished unsolved, and had haunted the files of the L.A.P.D. cold-case unit for years.

According to the attorney general's office, the suspect's son was arrested and convicted on a felony weapons charge and swabbed for DNA last year. When his DNA was entered into the database of convicted felons, detectives were alerted to a partial match to evidence found at the "Grim Sleeper" crime scenes.

Police began investigating Franklin's son's relatives, and found a match in Lonnie Franklin. Police said he had never been a suspect until now.

The data bank, which contains more than 1.5 million samples, is the third largest criminal database in the world. Only data from convicted felons is collected, according to Brown, and a number of safeguards are taken before the Department of Justice releases the information to police.

Kilcoyne, who headed the investigation, said it was the second time a query was run for familial connections in the "Grim Sleeper" case. From the DNA matches, a tight circle of law enforcement officers zeroed in on Franklin based on the suspect's residence, location of the victims, his race and age.

Familial DNA database searches have come under fire from privacy and civil liberty advocates, who argue, among other things, that they put more minorities, who are disproportionally represented in the database, in an at-risk group.

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of familial DNA sample collection and searches. Brown said the office of the attorney general will be in court again next week defending the technique, and raised the possibility of more legal challenges.

The killings of 10 young black women and one man, beginning in 1985, have all been blamed on the "Grim Sleeper." Franklin has not been charged in the shooting death of 36-year-old Thomas Steele, but police said they believe his death is connected to the other killings.
Neighbors Shocked by Franklin's Arrest

The cluster of killings stopped in 1988, but 14 years later police said they linked new murders to the same man. The nickname "Grim Sleeper" came from the long lull between killings. The most recent murder happened in January 2007.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised law enforcement officials for their "exhaustive detective work" in the past 25 years that led to nabbing the suspect. More than two dozen investigators worked to find the "Grim Sleeper."

"I'm proud to announce that this terror has finally come to an end," Villaraigosa said at a news conference.

Relatives of the victims who were in attendance said they were elated and thankful that the police finally brought the alleged killer to justice.

Police closed off the block on 81st Street in South Los Angeles where Franklin lived Wednesday and the arrest was made.

Residents said they were shocked. Neighbor Donna Harris said she has known Franklin, a retired mechanic, for nearly 20 years, and that he was supposed to fix her car that morning.

"Everybody on the block, we all knew if anything was happening with anybody's cars, he was always there for us. Especially the ladies," Harris said. "Even if we weren't at home, instead of calling Triple-A, he would help."

Franklin was reportedly a mechanic for a Los Angeles Police Department station near the center of the murder spree in the 1980s.

Though Harris counted Franklin as a friend, she said the news was frightening.

"It frightens me to know that somebody like that was that close," Harris said. "I don't want to believe it's true, [but] if he did what he's been accused of, God judged him for that."

Franklin has a criminal history dating back to 1989, according to public records. His four previous convictions include charges of a misdemeanor battery and assault, as well as two charges for stolen property -- one of which he served jail time for.

With these latest charges, he could face the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of parole.

The Long Search for a Los Angeles Serial Killer

A handful of detectives, headed by Kilcoyne, have been working full-time on the case for years, determined to find the "Grim Sleeper."

All the slayings have been connected to the same 25-caliber handgun, and matched to the same DNA, usually saliva taken from the victims' breasts.

"The commonality is that they're all from the same general area of the city in south Los Angeles," Kilcoyne said. "I don't think I would label them all as prostitutes per se, but they certainly have troubled lifestyles. They're broken people and easy targets."

In February, the L.A.P.D. offered a $500,000 reward -- the city's biggest ever -- advertised on billboards near where the victims were found. Investigators also released a 20-year-old 911 call in which a witness says he saw a van pull up in a dark alley and dump a body, which was identified as Barbara Ware.

Listen to the 911 call here.

The caller tells the dispatcher several details, everything from the license plate number of the van -- which was a dead-end lead -- to the way the body was discarded. But he refused to tell the 911 operator his name, saying he didn't see the killer.

Reporter Discovers Serial Killer, Alerts Community

Police say they wouldn't have known there was a serial killer on the loose if he hadn't starting killing again. "We became aware of it right around April of 2007," LAPD Detective Bill Fallon told "Nightline" in March 2009. "And we realized there was a serial killer because of DNA hits we started getting. So when we get those hits, we're like, 'Whoa.' That's when we started digging it."

But the police didn't notify the community until Christine Pelisek, a reporter from LA Weekly, began investigating.

"I was the one who told some of the family members that their daughters were victims of a serial killer," Pelisek said. "I mean, they didn't even know. The public safety committee, they had no idea. I mean, the police commission, I spoke to the police commission [to whom the police chief reports]. They didn't even know. So there were a lot of people very upset that the police didn't let the community know."

Fallon says investigators didn't want to alert the killer that they were searching for him.

"We wanted to get a a step ahead of the killer himself," he said. "I don't want you to know I'm coming for you until I find out who you are, where you are and what you are doing."


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on December 18, 2010, 05:19:43 AM
Here is a good photo gallery

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-grim-sleeper-lapd-pictures,0,4635031.photogallery

some look dead  ::MonkeyNoNo::

some seem to be different shots of the same woman



Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on December 26, 2010, 07:00:04 PM
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/21/local/la-me-grim-sleeper-20101221
LAPD identifies 21 of 160 women in Grim Sleeper suspect's photos
Authorities say investigators have received 200 tips about the identities of women whose photos were released last week. Lonnie Franklin Jr. is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 10 women in South L.A.
December 21, 2010

Los Angeles police said Monday they have tentatively identified 21 of the roughly 160 women whose pictures were released last week in an effort to determine whether there were additional victims linked to the alleged Grim Sleeper serial killer.

After identifying the women, police removed their pictures from the LAPD's website. One picture was of Janecia Peters, 25, who was fatally shot on New Year's Day 2007 and was among the victims Lonnie Franklin Jr. has been charged with killing, police said.
The identification of Peters in the group of photos was first reported in the Daily Beast. Members of Peters' family were unable to attend a meeting in which LAPD detectives allowed the victims' relatives to view the pictures before they were made public. Det. Dennis Kilcoyne said the department has since apologized to the family.

Franklin has been linked to Peters through DNA evidence. Other slayings in the three-decade series of killings have been linked through a combination of DNA evidence and ballistics.

Authorities also removed eight other photographs from the website after determining the women pictured were also in other photos.

Kilcoyne said detectives have received nearly 200 tips on the women's identities through phone calls, messages to their tip line and e-mails.

Two of the women whose identities have been confirmed had died of natural causes years ago, police said. Investigators also identified several missing persons in the group of photos and video stills, but Kilcoyne said it was not clear if they were potential victims.

Franklin is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 10 African American women in South L.A. He has pleaded not guilty and is in custody awaiting trial. During his arrest in July, authorities found about 1,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of video footage of women. Some of the images appeared to be innocent snapshots, but many showed the women in various states of undress and in sexual poses.

Detectives feared that some of the women may have been killed and set out to identify them. Some of the material, which was reviewed over the last several months, dated back to the 1980s and included video and digital camera images, Polaroids, conventional prints and undeveloped film.

The decision to release the photos drew criticism from Franklin's attorney, Louisa Pensanti, who said some of the images were of 18 relatives or friends of her client's. She also accused the police of tainting potential jurors.

Prior to releasing the photos, Kilcoyne said detectives asked Franklin's wife to review the images in order to identify family and friends. She declined to help, Kilcoyne said.

Police said they were sensitive to the harm and embarrassment the release of the photographs could cause women who never told their family or friends about the encounters. In the end, however, they decided that the need to identify the women outweighed the potential harm. The Times decided to publish the photographs for similar reasons.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on January 27, 2011, 12:39:13 PM
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-grim-sleeper-new-cases,0,815563.story
Police Reveal 2 More Possible 'Grim Sleeper' Killings
Lonnie Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to the murders of 10 women.
January 27, 2011
 
LOS ANGELES ( KTLA) -- Los Angeles Police officials say they are investigating two additional murders that may be tied to the 'Grim Sleeper' case.

Detectives revealed the probes during a community meeting Wednesday night at Bethel AME Church, a few blocks from the South Los Angeles home where Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested last July.

The revelation was prompted by a question from a relative of one of the victims in the new cases, KTLA partner The Los Angeles Times is reporting.

No further information was released about the killings.
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Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on April 05, 2011, 11:45:50 PM
http://www.39online.com/sns-rt-usreport-us-grim-sltre73509y-20110406,0,4233335.story
Accused 'Grim Sleeper' suspected in more deaths
April 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A retired sanitation worker accused of murdering 10 women and girls who has been dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" may have killed eight additional victims, police said on Tuesday.
Police officials said there may be even more victims of Lonnie David Franklin Jr, 58, who allegedly targeted black women and girls in south Los Angeles in a string of killings that began in the 1980s.

Investigators said they were not free to release new information about the other eight potential victims until now.

That is because prosecutors wanted Franklin brought to court first on Monday, to face an indictment for the 10 other murders and one attempted murder.

Police have no immediate plans to charge Franklin with the murder of the eight additional potential victims.

"I would doubt it," said Los Angeles police detective Dennis Kilcoyne. "Because that would be like starting over again with the wheel of justice that's slowly turning right now on Mr. Franklin, and we don't want to create that problem with the court system."

Police Chief Charlie Beck added most of the women's bodies have not been found, which makes it harder to prosecute.
more...


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on April 06, 2011, 02:09:42 PM
Police link eight more murders to US serial killer‎

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hX1KqFn8K39BTwoAWvVcVYhmphpw?docId=CNG.8c65686ce30c8cd2566aeff7345e0307.471


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on August 19, 2011, 10:56:44 AM
Grim Sleeper: LAPD expands serial killer probe to 230 cases


 August 9, 2011

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/grim-sleeper-lapd.html
interactive map
http://projects.latimes.com/homicide/list/grim-sleeper-killings/


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on October 28, 2011, 08:55:34 PM
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-grim-sleeper-20111029,0,4224162.story
Police link 6 more slayings to Grim Sleeper suspect
The new allegations bring to 16 the killings linked to Lonnie Franklin Jr. But officials do not plan to seek criminal charges now in the new cases, fearing that would slow progress toward a trial.

October 29, 2011

(http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2011-10/65732581.jpg)
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., at his arraignment last year. Police say they have linked him to a total of 16 slayings in the Grim Sleeper case. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times / July 8, 2010)

Los Angeles police detectives have linked six more slayings to the suspect in the Grim Sleeper serial killings after reviewing hundreds of unsolved homicide cases and missing person reports, as well as a cache of photos of unidentified women found at the man's home.

Law enforcement sources told The Times that the new cases bring to 16 the number of killings linked to Lonnie Franklin Jr., 59, , who is already charged with murder in the slayings of 10 women whose bodies were found on the streets of South Los Angeles over two decades. Police also have now identified a second woman who they say survived an attack from Franklin.

Police investigators had long suspected that they would eventually find that the person responsible for the Grim Sleeper slayings had killed more than 10 women. Franklin was arrested in July 2010 and linked to the 10 slayings by ballistic and DNA evidence.

Detectives continued look for additional victims, taking the unusual step of releasing photographs of dozens of women found at Franklin's home, hoping the public could help determine if they too were victims.

Three of the newly identified six victims were allegedly tied to Franklin through physical evidence, said a police source with knowledge of the investigation, who requested anonymity because the additional cases have not been made public. In two of those cases, ballistic evidence showed that the bullets used to kill the women were fired from a gun Franklin is accused of using in other killings, while DNA and ballistic tests connected him to a third woman, the source said.

Franklin's link to the other three cases is more circumstantial. Police concluded Franklin killed one woman based on a 911 call made at the time of the slaying to report the location of the body. According to the source, police have matched the caller's voice to Franklin's. Police believe Franklin made a similar call to dispatchers in one of the cases in which he has been charged. The remaining two victims recently linked to Franklin were reported missing years ago and have never been found. However, possessions of theirs were discovered at Franklin's house, leading police to the conclusion that he killed them.

Police have made the strategic decision not to seek additional criminal charges from prosecutors in the new cases, the source said. With the case against Franklin moving slowly toward trial as prosecutors and Franklin's attorney wade through massive amounts of complex evidence, adding more charges, police feared, could lead to long delays and unnecessarily complicate matters, the source said.
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Prosecutors have alleged that Franklin, a former LAPD garage attendant and city garbage collector, sexually assaulted and then killed women on the margins of society — including some prostitutes and drug addicts — over nearly a quarter century. Seven of the women he is accused of killing died between 1985 and 1988 and the others between 2002 and 2007. That apparent dormant period led the L.A. Weekly to dub the killer the Grim Sleeper, although the detectives investigating the case have long been skeptical of the idea that the killer had taken a break.

Police at first speculated the killer may have been in prison during the gap in known killings, but that theory was tossed out when Franklin was arrested and investigators realized he had not been behind bars. That spurred them to launch the review of unsolved cases and missing person reports in search of victims that had gone unconnected to Franklin.

Franklin has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody. Along with 10 murder charges, he also is charged with one count of attempted murder.

Police officials would not comment about when the new cases occurred or reveal the identities of the victims, saying they would discuss them in detail at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening at Bethel AME Church, in the neighborhood where Franklin lived and where the killings occurred.
 ::snipping2::
In April, detectives went public with their suspicions that Franklin had killed seven women who had been missing for years, plus a woman killed in a style similar to other victims. The fate of three of those women were of particular concern: Ayellah Marshall, a high school senior when she disappeared in 2005; Rolenia Morris, a 25-year-old who also was reported missing in 2005; and an unidentified woman whose photograph was found at Franklin's residence when he was arrested. Police found identification cards or photos of the three in a refrigerator in Franklin's garage, where photos of Janecia Peters, one of the 10 women Franklin is charged with killing, were also discovered. Police have said they suspect that Franklin kept mementos of special significance in the refrigerator since they were separate from the other photographs found elsewhere in his residence.

It was not immediately clear if any of the six women police have now linked to Franklin were part of that group of eight.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on March 21, 2013, 11:06:30 AM
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/03/12/alleged-grim-sleeper-appears-in-court-for-pretrial-hearing/
Alleged ‘Grim Sleeper’ Appears In Court For Pretrial Hearing
March 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The alleged serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” was in court for a pretrial hearing Monday.

Lonnie Franklin, Jr., now 60 years old, faces 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for the deaths of women who were shot, strangled or both over several decades in Los Angeles.

During the investigation, officials recovered nearly 180 photos of women, some dating back to the 1970s, from Franklin’s South Los Angeles home.

The Los Angeles Police Department continues to seek the public’s help in identifying women in 38 remaining photos.
More...


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on March 21, 2013, 11:07:45 AM
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/21/the-grim-sleeper-s-trial-is-moving-at-snail-s-pace-and-victims-families-are-furious.html
The Grim Sleeper’s Trial Is Moving at Snail’s Pace, and Victims’ Families Are Furious
March 21, 2013

Notorious serial killer the Grim Sleeper was on the lam for decades. Now a suspect is on trial, but his lawyers are dragging their feet. Christine Pelisek on the excruciatingly slow march to justice.
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Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on February 16, 2016, 04:38:52 AM
http://www.startribune.com/opening-statements-set-in-long-awaited-grim-sleeper-trial/368920361/
Opening statements set in long-awaited 'Grim Sleeper' trial
February 16, 2016

LOS ANGELES — More than 30 years since the bodies of young women started turning up in alleyways and garbage bins in south Los Angeles, attorneys are set to give opening statements in the long-awaited "Grim Sleeper" trial on Tuesday.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007 in one of the city's most notorious serial killer cases. The "Grim Sleeper" nickname was coined because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders between 1988 and 2002.

Franklin, 63, has been awaiting trial behind bars for nearly six years since his arrest in July 2010. The trial is expected to last up to four months.

Other than the 15-year-old girl, all the victims were women between the ages of 18 and 35. They were strangled or shot and dumped in alleys near Franklin's south Los Angeles home, usually after some kind of sexual contact.

The initial killings occurred during a time of chaos and extreme violence in parts of Los Angeles. Many young women, including most of the victims, were falling prey to crack cocaine and other drug addictions. Several had resorted to trading sex for drugs or money.

Family members of the Grim Sleeper victims and a survivor of the attacks have been frustrated by repeated delays in the case and are eager for the opening statements.
 ::snipping3::
As many as 30 detectives investigated the Grim Sleeper killings in the 1980s but exhausted leads within a few years.

A special squad of detectives was assembled after the most recent known Grim Sleeper killing, the June 2007 shooting of Janecia Peters, 25, whose body was found in a trash bin.

Police arrested Franklin in July 2010 after his DNA was connected to more than a dozen crime scenes. An officer posing as a busboy at a pizza parlor got DNA samples from dishes and utensils Franklin had been eating with at a birthday party.

The Grim Sleeper was among at least three serial killers who stalked Los Angeles-area women during a crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s.

The attacks were dubbed the "Southside Slayer" killings before authorities concluded more than one attacker was involved.

Chester Turner has been convicted of killing 14 women, including one who was pregnant, and was sentenced to death in 2007. Michael Hughes was sentenced to death in 2012 for strangling a 15-year-old girl and two women. He previously got life for four killings.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on February 18, 2016, 06:32:06 PM
http://www.chron.com/crime/article/Grim-Sleeper-serial-killer-suspect-Lonnie-David-6839212.php
'Grim Sleeper' serial killer suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr. goes on trial; may have killed 200
February 18, 2016

A man is on trial in Los Angeles accused of a series of murders that captivated that area during a dark period in that city’s history.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, stands accused of killing at least 10 women between 1985 and 2007. He earned the nickname “The Grim Sleeper” because of a gap in the killings from 1988 to 2002.
British filmmaker Nick Broomfield has even made a documentary about Franklin, "Tales of the Grim Sleeper."
In addition to the 10 alleged murders, some suggest that Franklin could be responsible for the deaths of another 180 women found in a cache of photographs found among the suspect's possessions.
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Opening statements began Tuesday and the prosecution is seeking the death penalty. Franklin has pleaded not guilty to the crimes.
It’s been alleged that Franklin used his female victims’ addiction to crack cocaine as an advantage. Victims were found in dumpsters and trash bins, some in various states of undress. Most tested positive for cocaine during autopsies. Some were shot and or strangled.
Broomfield's documentary alleges that the missing women and dead bodies were largely shrugged off because the victims were nuisances in the community. "Disposable people" is a term that Broomfield used in an interview with the Daily Mail.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s cold case unit has been credited for shedding new light on the killings.
Prosecutors are expected to introduce plenty of physical evidence that they hope will convince a jury to send Franklin to death row. A woman who allegedly escaped Franklin’s clutches, Enietra Washington, will be a star witness in the case.  She was sexually-assaulted but survived with a gunshot wound, according to CNN.
Franklin’s lawyer Seymour Amster told reporters that he plans on painting his client as “friendly, helpful and reliable” to neighbors and not the nicknamed serial killer he’s been portrayed as.

“We believe that before it is done, there will be a different story told than what the prosecution is stating,” he told ABC News.
It’s thought that the trial could be nearly four months long.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on May 07, 2016, 11:03:43 PM
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-grim-sleeper-verdict-20160504-story.html?track=lat-pick
Grim Sleeper verdicts bring justice to forgotten victims of serial killer, families say
May 5, 2016

Nearly 30 years after the first victim was found sprawled in a South Los Angeles alley, the man authorities believed was the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer was found guilty Thursday of murdering nine women and a teenage girl in a series of slayings that took decades to connect.

The verdict means that Lonnie David Franklin Jr., a former Los Angeles police garage attendant and city garbage collector, officially becomes one of California's most prolific serial killers. The murder counts at his trial spanned from 1985 to 2007, with a gap of 14 years from 1988 that earned him his infamous nickname.

 ::snipping3::
All the victims were young and black, some leading troubled lives during the chaotic 1980s in South L.A. Many of the women were left strewn along a corridor in the Manchester Square neighborhood, their partially dressed or naked bodies — some decomposing — found amid the filth and garbage of alleyways.

All had been discarded without identification, and each was initially labeled Jane Doe.

“They suffered from the same frailties and the same imperfections that all humans do, and they had the same hopes and the same dreams for their futures that we all have,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Beth Silverman told jurors during closing arguments in the trial.

“None of them deserved to be brutally dumped like trash as if their lives had no meaning.”

The killing of the women, some of whom were drug addicts or worked as prostitutes, failed to elicit the same alarm that put Los Angeles on high alert during rampages of other prolific serial killers in the Southland, such as the so-called Hillside Strangler or Richard Ramirez, who was dubbed the Nightstalker.

The deaths attributed to the Grim Sleeper in the mid- to late '80s coincided with a surge of homicides linked to the crack cocaine epidemic. In addition, several other serial killers were operating in the same area in those years. Michael Hughes was later convicted of killing seven women, Chester Turner of 14 women and a fetus. Both are on California's death row.

But the Grim Sleeper proved to be the most persistent. His victims' deaths would not be connected for decades, and police kept the slayings quiet despite suspicions that a serial killer was stalking young black women.

That decision led to outrage and condemnation from many who attribute Franklin's longevity as a killer to police indifference.
 ::snipping3::
Franklin's fate will be determined in the next phase of the trial when jurors hear evidence to help them decide whether he should be executed or sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors are expected to present evidence that Franklin, 63, killed at least five more women for which he wasn't charged.

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Prosecutors argued that Franklin was connected to each of the 10 slain victims, as well as an 11th who survived, by DNA evidence, ballistics or both. Franklin's DNA was found on seven victims.

A gun found in Franklin's home was used to kill one woman, according to court testimony. Police criminalists testified that bullets from eight victims — seven whom were killed and the one who survived — were fired from another weapon that was never recovered. Franklin's DNA was on the bodies of three of those women, according to testimony.

“The evidence in this case is the voice of the victims who can no longer speak for themselves,” Silverman said during the trial.

Franklin did not testify. The defense argued that other men could have committed the murders, pointing to DNA not belonging to Franklin that was found on some of the women's bodies, their clothes and the crime scenes.

In his closing argument, defense attorney Seymour Amster suggested that a relative or an associate of Franklin's who called him “uncle” was responsible.

He seized on testimony by Enietra Washington, the woman believed to be the Grim Sleeper's only known survivor, who told jurors that she was raped and shot by an assailant nearly 30 years ago. In court, she identified Franklin as her attacker.

Amster, who did not attend the reading of the verdict, pointed to one account Washington gave police in which she said she accepted a ride from a “youngster” in his 20s who told her he needed to make a stop at his uncle's house to pick up some money. Washington testified that the house where he stopped was Franklin's home on 81st Street. After the stop, she said, she was sexually assaulted and shot.

Amster said Washington's description of her attacker did not match Franklin, who would have been 36 at the time.

“It is our position that there is a nephew, or a youngster, who is involved and did each and every murder,” the defense attorney told jurors. He did not name a possible suspect.

The prosecutor mocked the argument as a “grand conspiracy theory,” noting that Amster had waited to raise it until the last day of trial. Silverman pointed out that Washington told police that her attacker took photographs of her. Police later found a photograph of Washington in the wall of Franklin's garage, Silverman told jurors.

Ballistics tests showed that Washington was shot by the same firearm used to kill seven victims in the case, the prosecutor argued. Franklin was also found guilty of attempted murder for the attack on Washington.

The victims, in the order they died, were: Debra Jackson, 29; Henrietta Wright, 35; Barbara Ware, 23; Bernita Sparks, 25; Mary Lowe, 26; Lachrica Jefferson, 22; Alicia Alexander; Berthomieux; Valerie McCorvey, 35; and Janecia Peters, 25.

The trial highlighted the difficulty authorities encountered in identifying the perpetrator until breakthroughs in DNA science helped detectives zero in on Franklin. Police began to connect the victims after the discovery of Peters, whose body was found in a garbage bag inside a dumpster in 2007. DNA taken from her crime scene matched evidence from two earlier slayings, prompting investigators to begin matching the DNA with killings from the 1980s and more recent deaths up to the early 2000s.

Investigators, however, did not know to whom the DNA belonged.

In 2008, officials checked DNA taken from state prisoners but didn't find a match.

A year later, then-state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown approved a new technique called a “familial search” that allowed officials to check whether a crime suspect's DNA partly matched that of anyone in the state's offender DNA database.

Another check produced a partial match to Franklin's son, whose DNA had been taken when he was arrested in 2008 and charged with firearm and drug offenses.

Investigators focused their efforts on the elder Franklin and launched a surveillance operation.

Jurors were shown a video of an undercover LAPD detective posing as a busboy at a Buena Park pizza restaurant where Franklin was attending a child's birthday party in 2010. The detective could be seen retrieving a half-eaten slice of pizza, a fork, two napkins, two plastic cups and a piece of chocolate cake from Franklin.

The items were used to analyze his DNA — which matched genetic material found at some of the crime scenes and on the bodies of some of the women.

The next day, Franklin was arrested and authorities launched a search of his green house on 81st Street. There, investigators found inside a dresser drawer a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. It was the same weapon, two criminalists testified, that was used to shoot Peters.


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: MuffyBee on June 06, 2016, 05:40:06 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/grim-sleeper-serial-killer-death-sentence-10-murders-article-1.2663428
‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer gets death sentence for 10 murders over 30 years
June 6, 2016

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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. One said, “Thank you.”

A prosecutor had asked jurors to show Franklin the same compassion he showed his victims and give him the “ultimate penalty.” An emotional defense lawyer asked jurors to sentence him to life without parole to hasten the healing process for the victims’ family members.

The jury called for the death penalty on all 10 murder counts and the judge set formal sentencing for Aug. 10.

Franklin said, “Yes, your honor,” in regards to the date but otherwise sat quietly and stared straight ahead the entire time. As he walked into court, family members of the victims whispered, “Dead man walking.”

Most of the slayings fit a similar pattern. Women were either fatally shot, choked — or both — and their partly clad or naked bodies were dumped in alleys and trash bins in the impoverished area where Franklin lived.

Police didn’t connect the crimes to a serial killer for years and victims’ family members and community residents complained the killings weren’t thoroughly investigated because the victims were poor and black, and some were prostitutes who had been using cocaine.

Franklin came under suspicion after a task force began re-examining the cold cases following the final killing in 2007 and DNA from his son showed similarities to genetic evidence found on some of the victims.

A detective posing as a busboy at a pizza parlor later collected utensils and crusts from Franklin while he was attending a birthday party. Lab results connected him to evidence found on several discarded bodies.

The culprit had been dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” because of an apparent gap in slayings between 1988 and 2002. Police once thought the killer may have been in prison during that period and later surmised he may have laid low after one victim barely survived a November 1988 assault.

Authorities, however, now say they don’t think Franklin ever rested.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman was able to introduce evidence of four additional slayings during the penalty phase, including one that linked Franklin to a killing in 2000 during the apparent “sleep.” She also presented evidence of a 1984 slaying — a year before the first murder he was convicted of.

Prosecutors said they didn’t charge Franklin with the additional killings because it would have delayed the case that took nearly six years to bring to trial.


The 1984 killing of Sharon Dismuke, whose body was found naked in an abandoned gas station restroom, was like a bookend with the final slaying of Janecia Peters, who was found curled-up naked in a garbage bag in a dumpster in 2007, Silverman said.

Ballistics evidence showed the same gun was used to shoot both women and the weapon was found in Franklin’s garage after his arrest in 2010.

Defense lawyers questioned forensic evidence at trial and said DNA from other men was also found on several bodies. They suggested a “mystery man,” possibly a relative of Franklin’s, was the real killer.

The survivor who Franklin was convicted of attempting to murder helped prosecutors establish the killer’s modus operandi.

Enietra Washington described getting a lift from Franklin in his orange Ford Pinto and then having him shoot her in the chest while she sat in the passenger seat.

As she was losing consciousness, he sexually assaulted her and she remembered seeing the flash from a Polaroid camera.

A photo of a bleeding and partly nude Washington was later found hidden behind a wall in Franklin’s garage. Police found photos of other victims in the home.

Nearly 30 years after Washington was left for dead on the side of a road, she pointed at Franklin in court and said: “That’s the person who shot me.”


Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on June 06, 2016, 08:03:37 PM
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Title: Re: CA Serial Killer "Grim Sleeper" (Lonnie Franklin ARRESTED!)
Post by: Nut44x4 on August 11, 2016, 11:28:57 AM
The 'Grim Sleeper' is sentenced to death for string of murders AGAIN for other murders
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-grim-sleeper-sentencing-20160810-snap-story.html