The ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Sentenced to Death

Lonnie David Franklin Jr, also known as the Grim Sleeper, was convicted last month of murdering nine women and one teenage girl. This week, he was sentenced to death. The 63-year-old was sentenced to death by a jury on all ten murder counts, which will become formalized at a later hearing.  Justice. 

The murders for which he was convicted took place between 1985 and 2007. There was a 14 year gap which is why he was nicknamed “The Grim Sleeper.” However, it not known if he was actually still active during that period. Even though there are only ten confirmed victims of Franklin, when authorities searched his home,, dozens of photos of unidentified black women were found. These photos have been shared with the public repeatedly since 2010 in hopes of stirring up info on any potential unknown victims.

According to the BBC,

Prosecutors said Franklin stalked vulnerable young black women before shooting or strangling them.

He began by targeting drug addicts during LA’s crack cocaine epidemic.

He was also convicted of the attempted murder of an 11th victim who survived being shot, raped and pushed out of a car in 1988…

Franklin was eventually caught after detectives began working on the final killing in 2007 when DNA from his son, who was in prison, showed similarities to genetic evidence found on some of the victims.

The connection was confirmed when a detective went undercover as a pizza parlor worker at a birthday party attended by Franklin, taking utensils and pizza crusts that linked him to the bodies.

There is a thoughtful and chilling HBO documentary called “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” if you want more information.

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