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Grim Sleeper killings

Grim Sleeper killings
The trial of the suspected ``Grim Sleeper'' serial killer Lonnie Franklin has begun. Here is a look at some of his suspected victims. Top row from left; Debra Jackson, Henrietta Wright,Barbara Ware and Bernita Sparks. Bottom row from left;Mary Lowe, Lachrica Jefferson, Valerie McCorvey and Janecia Peters. (LAPD)

The series of killings began in South Los Angeles in the summer of 1985 and continued with some frequency until 1988, when a female survivor was raped and shot. She lived to describe her attacker as black, in his 20s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, about 160 pounds, soft-spoken and articulate, with neatly trimmed hair and a pockmarked face.

For more than 13 years, the killer had no known slayings until the body of a teenage girl was discovered in Inglewood in March 2002, a lull in attacks that led to his description as "The Grim Sleeper."

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On July 7, 2010, Los Angeles police arrested Lonnie David Franklin Jr. at his home in South L.A. in connection with the killings. After a number of delays, his trial finally began Feb. 16.

On May 5, 2010, after a day and a half of deliberations, jurors found Franklin guilty on 10 counts of murder in the killings of nine women and a 15-year-old girl. Jurors also found Franklin guilty on one count of attempted murder.

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After hearing a plea for mercy, jurors will decide if 'Grim Sleeper' should face death

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Prosecutor urges death for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer

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Before the Grim Sleeper serial killings in South L.A., a gang rape in Germany

A German woman told the court that convicted serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was one of three men who raped her in Stuttgart in 1974.

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.

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Grim Sleeper serial killer trial: Defense suggests a relative could be the murderer

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Expert witnesses in Grim Sleeper trial spar over ballistics evidence

An expert defense witness for the man accused of being the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer sought to discredit ballistic evidence that prosecutors say

DNA belonging to an unknown man found on another Grim Sleeper victim, defense says

An attorney for the man accused of being the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer presented more evidence Tuesday that DNA of unknown men were found on the bodies of some of the victims.

Sketch artist tells of 1988 interview with lone survivor of Grim Sleeper assault

The sketch artist listened as Enietra Washington described the man she said raped and shot her.

Defense opens in Grim Sleeper trial by challenging DNA, ballistics evidence

The trial of the man accused in the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killings shifted to the defense Monday, with an attorney repeatedly challenging DNA and ballistics evidence linking his client to the grisly deaths and suggesting other attackers may have been involved.

Jurors in Grim Sleeper case watch detectives' first interview with Lonnie Franklin Jr.

The detective slid the photograph across the table. The man on the other side tilted his head, silently eyeing the picture of a smiling woman with a brown ponytail and red lipstick.

Bullets in 7 victims came from same gun, criminalist says at Grim Sleeper trial

The six slain women had lived similar lives. They were young and black, living in South Los Angeles during the 1980s. Their deaths shared another important

LAPD ballistics expert defends his work in 'Grim Sleeper' trial

A Los Angeles police criminalist defended his work Thursday in matching bullets used to kill six women in South Los Angeles, saying he carefully examined

Weapon in Grim Sleeper killing found in suspect's dresser drawer, jurors are told

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How a pizzeria 'busboy' led to an arrest in the Grim Sleeper case

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Last victim of 'Grim Sleeper' was found in trash bag inside dumpster, jurors are told

The blue dumpster was hauled by truck from a South Los Angeles alley to the Los Angeles County coroner's downtown headquarters.

Youngest victim of 'Grim Sleeper' was found dumped in an alley, jurors hear

Jurors in Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s trial heard from Inglewood police Det. Daniel Milchovich, who described responding to an alleyway where he found Princess Berthomieux's naked body sprawled in a shrub.

Lone survivor of Grim Sleeper killer provides vivid account of ordeal

There was no sense of danger when the flashy orange Ford Pinto sidled up to Enietra Washington as she walked to a friend's house decades ago

Surgeon recounts efforts to save the life of sole 'Grim Sleeper' survivor

A surgeon described on Tuesday the life-saving efforts performed on a woman believed to be the lone survivor of the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer,

Defense attempts to discredit DNA evidence in Grim Sleeper trial

For a second day, an attorney for the man accused of being the so-called Grim Sleeper killer sought to undermine DNA evidence that ties his client to the grisly slayings.

Defense attorney in 'Grim Sleeper' trial questions LAPD crime lab DNA evidence

An attorney for the man accused of being the so-called serial killer questioned the reliability of DNA testing conducted by the Los Angeles police crime lab

Defense grills L.A. County coroner in 'Grim Sleeper' trial

An attorney for the man accused of murdering 10 young women over a period of decades in South Los Angeles tried Thursday to poke holes in the work conducted by

Medical examiner defends analysis of autopsy reports in Grim Sleeper trial

The attorney for the man accused of murdering ten young women over a period of decades in South Los Angeles, suggested Thursday that recent reviews of the victims' autopsy reports could be flawed.

Medical examiner describes victims' wounds in Grim Sleeper trial

Los Angeles County's chief medical examiner detailed gruesome wounds suffered by victims of the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, as testimony continued

Grim Sleeper trial continues with L.A. County coroner detailing autopsy reports

Los Angeles County's chief medical examiner detailed gruesome wounds suffered by women believed to be among the first victims of the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, as testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a former police garage attendant accused of the slayings.

Grim Sleeper's victims were vulnerable, young and at times ignored

The victims of the serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper were young and black and leading troubled

How a bite of pizza led to an arrest in the Grim Sleeper serial killer case

The tale of how the Grim Sleeper case progressed over the years is a story about science, cold-case investigating and the anguish of the victims' families, who demanded justice.

Grim Sleeper serial killer trial begins, years after slayings terrorized South L.A.

Debra, a waitress, was discovered shot in the chest three decades ago in an alley. The body of 25-year-old Janecia was found in a dumpster in 2007. There were at least eight other women. And one who got away.

Relatives of Grim Sleeper's victims express the pain of delays

Pain from a pinched nerve shot through Diana Ware's right leg as she hobbled to her truck. It was 6 a.m. -- time for another trek to downtown Los Angeles hoping

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The trial for alleged serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. is set for June 30.

Grim Sleeper: Defense backtracks on expert witness

The judge in the case of the so-called Grim Sleeper blocked a defense attorney Monday from using evidence he previously said linked a serial killer already on

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A Los Angeles County judge on Friday again postponed the capital murder trial of the man authorities say is the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer.

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A defense attorney in the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer case told a judge Friday that he believes genetic evidence links a man on death row to two women

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Documentarian Nick Broomfield looks at Lonnie Franklin Jr., accused of slayings in the South Los Angeles Grim Sleeper case.

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A familial DNA search helped solve the Grim Sleeper case. A study finds the method falsely identifies distant relatives as close.

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