The South Los Angeles man whom authorities allege is the " Grim Sleeper" serial killer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of killing 10 women and attempting to kill one other.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, was apprehended in July after police said they matched his DNA to evidence left at several crime scenes over the last 2 1/2 decades.
All of the former city sanitation worker's alleged victims were young African American women, many of whom were sexually assaulted before being killed. Seven of the slayings occurred between 1985 and 1988 in South Los Angeles. Fourteen years passed before the killer started up again, slaying three more women, authorities contend. The Grim Sleeper moniker refers to the long delay between the two sets of killings.
Neighbors described the onetime Los Angeles Police Department garage attendant as a sometimes vulgar man who operated a small-time chop shop from his home. But he was also known to be social and quick to offer a helping hand, particularly to the neighborhood's elderly residents.