From 1985 to 2007, nine women and one teenage girl were brutally murdered in South Central Los Angles.
Detectives worked diligently to find the killer, but they had little to go on. Although DNA had been collected at the crime scenes, it did not match anyone in the CODIS database. There was, however, a sole survivor. She’d been sexually assaulted and shot, but managed to describe her attacker as “a black man” who was “kind of geeky.”
How investigators put together an impossible puzzle and caught this serial killer is a tale that’s truly stranger than fiction.
Dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” by media due to the long hiatuses between his crimes, investigators finally brought Lonnie Franklin Jr. into custody in July 2010.
For 22 years, he’d terrorized women in Los Angeles. At least nine women and one teenage girl had been sexually assaulted and murdered by the twisted man.
Throughout the trial, Franklin showed no remorse and refused to give any motive for his crimes. Had it not been for his son, this dangerous serial killer might never have been caught.
Frustrated by a case that was only growing colder, investigators searched for familial DNA in CODIS. They already knew the serial killer’s DNA wasn’t in there, but maybe they could find one of his family members. Immediately, there was a match — Franklin’s son, Christopher.
Suspecting that Lonnie Franklin was their man, police went undercover as waiters at his favorite restaurant. After he was finished with his dishes and discarded pizza crusts, they nabbed them and checked for DNA. Franklin was the Grim Sleeper.
Ironically, police had narrowly missed a chance to arrest Franklin years earlier. He had a long criminal history and was on unsupervised probation until July 2005. At that time, officers did not collect DNA samples, but just one month later in August 2005, it became the law.
What happened next, however, shocked everyone. While combing Franklin’s home for evidence, officers found 180 photos of African-American women. Many of the women were unconscious and nude. To this day, it’s unknown how many were Franklin’s victims.
The photos are so baffling that police have released them to the media and asked the public for help.
As for Franklin, he was sentenced to death in August 2016 and currently awaits lethal injection.
To learn more about this heinous serial killer, check out his first interview with police below. As you’ll see, he seems to lack remorse or empathy of any kind.
Personally, I’m really glad I never heard of this guy until AFTER he was captured!
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