Since the early 1980s, at least five serial
killers, and possibly more, were active in the South Los Angeles
area. These killers targeted mostly young African American women,
dumping their bodies in alleys, vacant buildings or parks.
Similarities in the killings soon raised the alarm of residents and
In 1987, Daniel
Lee Siebert confessed to killing two women in South L.A. while
awaiting trial for four murders in Alabama. Two years later, Louis
Craine was convicted of the first-degree murder of four women.
He was sentenced to death but died in a prison hospital within
months of his conviction. Michael
Hughes was convicted in 1998 of murdering four women and was
sentenced to life in prison, and was later tied through DNA to four
more homicides. Chester
DeWayne Turner was sentenced to death in 2007 for the murder of
10 women in South Los Angeles and is suspected in at least seven
others. In July, Lonnie
Franklin Jr. was charged with the murders of ten women, all
victims of a killer dubbed the Grim Sleeper.