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July 15, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Authorities missed an opportunity years ago to catch the suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer before a final victim was slain, because his DNA was never collected as required under a 2004 law, according to interviews and records reviewed by The Times. Lonnie David Franklin Jr.'s genetic profile was supposed to be added to the state's DNA databank of offenders because he was on probation for a felony when voters approved Proposition 69, a sweeping expansion of the state's DNA collection.
May 5, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
The gun that police concluded was used to shoot one woman and a photograph taken moments after a second woman had been shot were found at accused serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s South Los Angeles house, according to grand jury transcripts reviewed by The Times. Those two pieces of incriminating evidence, previously not made public, appeared to further link Franklin to the 10 murders and one attempted murder he is accused of committing. Franklin, 58, was arrested in July, culminating a three-year hunt by Los Angeles police to identify and capture the man accused of killing seven women between 1985 and 1988 and three others between 2002 and 2007.
October 29, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 6, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies found a copy of a newspaper announcing the arrest of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer suspect in the car of a Harbor Gateway handyman charged with killing four people during three home-invasion robberies. The newspaper is one of the clues detectives are studying in the case of John Wesley Ewell. "It was really the only paper we found inside his car," Det. Peter Hecht said. "The subject is certainly telling. " Lonnie Franklin, accused of being the Grim Sleeper, was arrested July 7 on suspicion of at least 10 murders since 1985 across South L.A. The killings with which Ewell is charged began Sept.
July 14, 2010 | James Rainey
How deep did reporter Christine Pelisek get into the Grim Sleeper serial killer case? So deep that the victims' families demanded she sit in on one mass meeting with police. So deep that people she had never met delivered hunches and, in one case, a napkin smeared with a semen sample. So deep that the mystery figure killing young black women in South Los Angeles seemed to pop up everywhere, even in her dreams. When police finally identified and arrested Lonnie David Franklin Jr. last week in connection with a string of 10 killings dating to the 1980s, the credit went largely to an innovation that allowed criminals to be tracked through their relatives' DNA. But that the terrible, slow-motion slaughter even became known to the public owes to the obsessive reporting of Pelisek, a star investigative reporter for the LA Weekly.
August 2, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein
L.A. County prosecutors Monday said they would seek the death penalty against the man accused of being the Grim Sleeper serial killer and took the unusual step of seeking a voice sample of the suspect. Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was charged last year in the deaths of 10 women in South L.A. in the 1980s and 1990s, but police have long suspected that he is responsible for more killings. Prosecutors requested permission to allow police to take a voice sample from Franklin for comparison to an anonymous male who called 911 operators in connection with at least two Grim Sleeper killings.
July 16, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police confiscated hundreds of items from the suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer's South L.A. house and vehicles after his arrest last week, including firearms and ammunition, car seats possibly stained with bodily fluids, and pornographic photos and videos, according to court records. Police said Thursday they are continuing to build a case against Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, who has been charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. "We still have a lot of work to do," said Det. Paul Coulter, one of the leading investigators on the case.
December 21, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin
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.
July 14, 2010 | By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles police detectives arrived one day in 1987 to inform Bill and Diana Ware that their daughter Barbara had been found fatally shot, her body dumped in a back alley in South Los Angeles. The detectives carried hard presumptions about why she died, Diana Ware said, and so did her husband. It was 1987, during the height of the crack epidemic. Barbara, 23, had battled drugs for years. Bill Ware assumed she was killed in some type of dispute over drugs. It would be more than 20 years before the truth came out. Barbara Ware had been the third known victim of a serial killer now called the Grim Sleeper.
January 7, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police detectives said Thursday they are investigating at least four missing persons cases as a result of publicizing photos seized from the South Los Angeles property of Lonnie Franklin Jr., the Grim Sleeper serial slaying suspect. The Los Angeles Police Department received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and other tips last month after releasing about 180 photographs of unidentified women that were found in a trailer and garage belonging to Franklin. Franklin, 57, is charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder ?
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