Grim Sleeper
American serial killer
Grim Sleeper
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 took a 14-year hiatus from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002. On July 7, 2010, a suspect, Lonnie David Franklin Jr. , 57, was arrested.
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'Grim Sleeper' sentenced to death for string of murders
LATimes - 6 months
The man who preyed on vulnerable young women for two decades, killing nine and a teenage girl, was sentenced to death Aug. 10, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, was sentenced after more than 15 family members of victims addressed the court, many of them repeatedly asking why Franklin chose to attack members of his own community. “The defendant took my daughter, murdered her, put her in a plastic bag — a trash bag — like she was trash,” Laverne Peters, whose 25-year-old daughter was found in a garbage bin in 2007, told the court before Franklin was sentenced. “My hope is that he spends the rest of his glory days in his jail cell, which will become his trash bag.” The former city sanitation worker was convicted May 5 of 10 counts of first-degree murder. Jurors also found Franklin guilty of one count of attempted murder.  During the penalty phase, prosecutors introduced evidence tying Franklin to four additional murders of women b ...
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'Grim Sleeper' Lonnie Franklin Jr. Sentenced to Death for Murders of Los Angeles Women
Yahoo News - 7 months
Lonnie Franklin Jr., known by the nickname the "Grim Sleeper," was sentenced to death today in connection with the killings of women in the Los Angeles area from 1985 to 2007. The victims, all between the ages of 15 and 35, were strangled or shot and left in alleyways near Franklin's home in South L.A., The Associated Press said. The Grim Sleeper moniker was given to the serial killer because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders, from 1988 to 2002.
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‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Gets Death Sentence
NYTimes - 7 months
Lonnie D. Franklin Jr.’s sentencing brings closure to the families of nine young women and a teenager killed in Los Angeles over a span of about 30 years.
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Los Angeles jury calls for death penalty in 'Grim Sleeper' trial - 9 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty on Monday for the former sanitation worker they convicted of carrying out a string of murders dating back three decades as the so-called "Grim Sleeper" serial killer.
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After hearing a plea for mercy, jurors will decide if 'Grim Sleeper' should face death
LATimes - 9 months
After listening to an appeal for mercy, jurors tasked with deciding the fate of the so-called Grim Sleeper began deliberating Friday whether one of Los Angeles’ most notorious convicted serial killers should be executed. In his hourlong closing argument, Lonnie Franklin Jr.’s defense lawyer was...
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The Latest: 'Grim Sleeper' jury adjourns without verdict
Fox News - 9 months
The Latest on the death penalty trial of the man convicted of 10 murders in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings (all times local): 4:05 p.m.
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Prosecutor urges death for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer
LATimes - 9 months
As she displayed a series of gruesome crime scene photos, each showing a bloody or battered body slumped on a Los Angeles road or spread across an autopsy table, the prosecutor made a simple request of jurors deciding the fate of the so-called “Grim Sleeper” serial killer. “I ask you to show the...
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Prosecutor urges death for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer
LATimes - 9 months
As she displayed a series of gruesome crime scene photos, each showing a bloody or battered body slumped on a Los Angeles road or spread across an autopsy table, the prosecutor made a simple request of jurors deciding the fate of the so-called “Grim Sleeper” serial killer. “I ask you to show the...
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Los Angeles 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer case goes to jury
Yahoo News - 10 months
A jury was expected to start on Wednesday deciding the fate of a former sanitation worker accused of 10 murders in the Los Angeles "Grim Sleeper" serial killer case. The jurors were handed the case late on Tuesday after both sides delivered closing arguments in the nearly three-month trial of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, who could face the death penalty if convicted of the 10 counts of first-degree murder against him. Franklin's attorney, Seymour Amster, told the panel that forensic and DNA evidence submitted by prosecutors had been "inconclusive," failing to link him to the victims, according to a City News Service account of the proceedings.
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Defense claims 'mystery man' is 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer
Yahoo News - 10 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grim Sleeper trial (all times local):
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  • 2016
    Age 63
    On June 6, 2016, a Los Angeles County jury sentenced the serial killer to death, closing an important legal chapter in the grisly slayings that terrorized South L.A. for more than two decades.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Franklin was born on August 30, 1952. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He married a Belizean woman named Sylvia and they have two children.
  • 2014
    Age 61
    In 2014, British filmmaker Nick Broomfield created a documentary film about this serial killer, Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    On December 16, 2010, the Los Angeles Police Department released 180 photos of women found in Franklin's home.
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    On July 7, 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that an arrest had been made.
    More Details Hide Details District Attorney Steve Cooley identified the suspect as 57-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr. (born August 30, 1952), a mechanic who worked between 1981 and 1988 for the City of Los Angeles in the sanitation department and briefly for the police department. Franklin was identified for arrest, at least in part, on familial DNA analysis.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    In March 2009, reporter Pelisek did an extensive interview with Enietra Washington, the sole survivor of the Grim Sleeper's attacks.
    More Details Hide Details She described him as "a black man in his early 30s He looked neat. Tidy. Kind of geeky. He wore a black polo shirt tucked into khaki trousers." She also described the interior and exterior of his vehicle.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bratton also released a 911 call from the 1980s in which a man reported seeing a body being dumped by the Grim Sleeper, giving a detailed description and license plate number of a van connected with the now-closed Cosmopolitan Church.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This same year, in secrecy, the LAPD formed the "800 Task Force," composed of six detectives and overseen by the Robbery-Homicide Unit. After a four-month investigation, the LA Weekly investigative reporter Christine Pelisek broke the news of the task force's existence, the linkage of Peters' killing to the earlier murders, and the silence of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton regarding the killer's existence. The mayor and police chief neither issued a press release nor warned the community. In some cases, LA Weekly was the first to inform the families that their daughters had long been confirmed as victims of a serial killer.
  • 2004
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was convicted of two charges of stolen property, one charge of misdemeanor assault, and one charge of battery. He served time for one of the charges of stolen property. He was charged with ten murders and one attempted murder. He was held without bail until he received a death sentence. He is not charged in the death of an 11th suspected victim, an African American man, a crime for which DNA evidence was not found.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    Attacked on November 20, 1988, she is the only known survivor.
    More Details Hide Details On July 7, 2010, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, was arrested. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged him with ten counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and special circumstance allegations of multiple murders in the case. Franklin has been in jail since his arrest awaiting trial; the large volume of evidence in this case, some dating back thirty years, had caused a lengthy pretrial discovery. The trial was delayed several times and opened on February 16, 2016. Closing arguments began May 2, 2016 and the jury began deliberating May 4, 2016. The jury convicted Franklin on all counts on May 5, 2016. On June 6, 2016, the jury recommended that Franklin should be sentenced to death. On August 10, 2016, exactly 31 years after the discovery of the first body, the Superior Court sentenced Franklin on each count, naming the individual victims.
    The police were investigating two of the six as potential victims killed during a 14-year lapse between an initial spate of "Grim Sleeper" murders that ended in 1988 and several more that began in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Of the remaining four victims, two bodies were discovered in the 1980s and two were reported missing in 2005 but the remains of the other two were never found, police said. Detectives said they linked Franklin to the six additional killings after reviewing hundreds of old case files and seeking the public's help in identifying a collection of 180 photographs of women and girls that were found in his possession. On May 5, 2016, after nearly three months of trial and a day and a half of jury deliberation, Lonnie David Franklin was convicted of 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 32
    The known killings began in 1985 in South Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The "Grim Sleeper" apparently took a 14-year hiatus after his last known crime in 1988 and the murders that resumed in 2002 (leading to the epithet by which he is known), but this history may be only an accident of the evidence collected. The last confirmed slaying was in January 2007. All of his victims were found outdoors, often in alleys a short distance from downtown Los Angeles. All but one of his victims were black women. One of his suspected victims was a black man. Many of his victims were sex workers. One witness recalls that Franklin frequently brought prostitutes into his home. He shot all of his victims with a .25 caliber gun. Franklin took many photographs of nude women and kept the records in his garage. The Grim Sleeper's victims are as follows: ‡ One of the Grim Sleeper's suspected victims, although there is no DNA evidence to support the accusation. Police said that the male victim, Thomas Steele, possibly was a friend of another victim or had discovered the killer's identity. ‡‡ Enietra "Margette" was told to use her middle name as her last name for her protection, but has since come forward as Enietra Margette Washington.
  • 1975
    Age 22
    He was given a general discharge from the United States Army on July 24, 1975.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1980s, following the deaths of several women in south Los Angeles, California, community members formed the "Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders". The group pressured police into setting up a task force and into acknowledging the deaths as serial killings. The coalition launched a media campaign and set a monetary reward aiming to capture the killer. The joint Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department-LAPD investigation determined that the crimes were committed by a single person labeled the "Southside Slayer". Their results were announced to the public on September 23, 1985. According to investigators, evidence was found suggesting that several serial killers were murdering women in south Los Angeles. Louis Craine committed at least two of the "Southside Slayer" murders, and Michael Hughes, Daniel Lee Siebert, Chester Turner, and Ivan Hill at least one each. A separate series of killings commenced with the murder of Debra Jackson and a different MO involving a firearm. These became known, misleadingly, as the "Strawberry Murders." Sheriff's Detective Ricky Ross was wrongfully arrested due to a ballistics error. Two decades later, the perpetrator of these crimes was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" due to the long period of apparent inactivity between murders.
  • 1952
    Born on August 30, 1952.
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