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Relative to ordinary homicides in South L.A., the Grim Sleeper case got a lot of attention

Relative to ordinary homicides in South L.A., the Grim Sleeper case got a lot of attention

The detective is frustrated. Twenty-two poor African Americans have been murdered and dumped in abandoned houses. Police officials don't seem to care. Reporters don't either. In order to obtain funding so he can properly investigate the homicides and pique the media's interest, the detective invents a serial killer and provides him with a catchy name — the Homeless Killer — knowing this will galvanize concern.

This scenario from David Simon's television show “The Wire” may sound improbable, but it gets at the basic reality that the police are willing to dedicate resources to catching serial killers that they withhold from most inner city homicide...

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