Grim Sleeper

Grim Sleeper

Serial Killer
Born Aug 30, 1952

Grim Sleeper is the nickname for an alleged serial killer in Los Angeles, California, believed to be responsible for at least ten murders, one suspected and one attempted murder in Los Angeles since 1985. The attacker was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because he appears to have taken a 12-year hiatus from his crimes, from 1985 to 2007. On July 7, 2010, a suspect, Lonnie David Franklin Jr. , 57, was arrested.… Read More

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1952 Birth Born on August 30, 1952.


1975 22 Years Old He was given a general discharge from the United States Army on July 24, 1975. … Read More


1985 32 Years Old The known killings began in 1985 in South Los Angeles. … Read More
Grim Sleeper is the nickname for convicted serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., responsible for at least ten murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles, California. The attacker was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because he appeared to have taken a 14-year break from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002. In July 2010, Franklin was arrested as a suspect, and, after many delays, his trial began in February 2016. On May 5, 2016, the jury convicted him of killing nine women and one teenage girl.


2004 51 Years Old …  Probation officers did not collect DNA samples from people who were on unsupervised probation between November 2004 and August 2005. During that period, the probation department did not have the resources to collect samples. Officers did not collect samples until August 2005. Franklin has a criminal record dating back to 1989. … Read More
2007 54 Years Old In May 2007, the slaying of Janecia Peters, 25, was linked through DNA analysis to at least 11 unsolved murders in Los Angeles, the first of which occurred in 1985. … Read More
2008 55 Years Old In early September 2008, Los Angeles officials announced that they were offering a $500,000 reward to help catch the killer. On November 1, the case was featured on the Fox program America's Most Wanted. On February 25, 2009, Police Chief Bratton addressed the press for the first time regarding the case, at which time the police formally gave the killer the "Grim Sleeper" nickname chosen by L.A. Weekly. … Read More
2009 56 Years Old In March 2009, reporter Pelisek did an extensive interview with Enietra Washington, the sole survivor of the Grim Sleeper's attacks. … Read More
2010 57 Years Old 1 More Event
On July 7, 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that an arrest had been made. … Read More


2014 61 Years Old In 2014, British filmmaker Nick Broomfield created a documentary film about this serial killer, Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
2016 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 6, 2016, the jury recommended the death sentence, and on August 10, 2016, Los Angeles Superior Court sentenced him to death for each of the ten victims named in the verdict. … Read More
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