July 7th, 2010
04:18 PM ET

Reports: Arrest made in Grim Sleeper case

Police in California say an arrest has been made in the Grim Sleeper serial killer case. Read the full CNN.com story

The L.A. Times and KTLA are naming the suspect as Lonnie David Franklin Jr, 51. Aerial footage showed police searching cars in the garage of Franklin's home in south Los Angeles.

Nicknamed for taking long breaks in between attacks, the killer is believed to be responsible for at least 11 deaths since 1985 in south Los Angeles. The killer targets black women, some working as prostitutes, using the same small caliber weapon.

Examine CNN's interactive evidence case file on the "Grim Sleeper"

Officials struggled to find new leads partially because the changing makeup of the neighborhood where the crimes were committed makes it unlikely that any possible witnesses are still around. The killer left behind DNA and fingerprints that police were unable to match to a name.

In May, new composite sketches went up on billboards across Los Angeles as police intensified their hunt for the serial killer.

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  1. kirkslade

    Now you have black serial killers?????

    July 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • trueartlover

      Where does is say that the killer is black?

      July 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryant

      Wow how ignorant! there have been many black serial killers. Look up Terry Blair. In many cases the serial killer kills within their own race because it is a comfort zone. so if you are looking at a string in one race you are likely to find that it is a memeber of that race comitting the crime.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      "He was described in 1988 by a surviving victim as black, in his 20s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, around 160 pounds, soft-spoken, articulate, with neatly trimmed hair and a pockmarked face."

      That's were they said he was black.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • morris

      I saw nothing that says the killer was black ? Ignorant !

      July 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      "The killer targets black women". Read carefully before making a comment

      July 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Killer don't have a color fool, all people commit murders.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • baligirl

      it does'nt,it says he targets black women...

      July 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • littlemama

      does anybody FOLLOW cases they post about?

      http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/05/new-sketches-released-in-hunt-for-grim-sleeper-serial-killer/?iref=obinsite

      July 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obvious

      Not that it matters but, yes he is black. Look on other news sites.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • OKx3

      What's next, hockey players? Oh wait.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIMA

      was described in 1988 by a surviving victim as black, in his 20s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, around 160 pounds, soft-spoken, articulate, with neatly trimmed hair and a pockmarked face.
      YOU WERE RIGHT SORRY

      July 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I have a feeling nobody reads my comments.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TuTone

      lol @ many black serial killers, whats a lot like 4????

      July 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • lnewman

      Click on the link, the sketch shows him as a black man

      July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Markus30

      He actaully is black people... although who knows if this commentor knew that before their post. But he is black.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • girlysmack

      It doesn't say the killer was black, but the composite sketch is of a black man.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      It may not say in this article that the killer is black, but if you knew anything about the case you would see that there is a surviving victim, WHICH they linked to the other cases, and SHE said HE WAS A BLACK MAN. I guess she is ignorant and racist for calling him black.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkTheNarc

      Don't you remember Wayne Williams, the Atlanta, GA serial killer? One reason it took SO long to catch him was because there had never before been a black serial killer in America. The black community couldn't or wouldn't believe a black man would be murdering black kids. Hence, the black community thought it was racially motivated and almo led to many riots. Lo and behold, here is mild mannered, educated, average looking Wayne Williams who, as it turned out, was NOTHING but an evil perverted monster.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isitfridayyet

      He is definitely black. Look at his name dummies!!!!

      July 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christ Loves You

    Jeez!! What LAPD have to go through in that God Forsaken City!

    July 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      The LAPD are one reason the city is "god forsaken"

      July 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      No Sean...it is morons like you that think the police are the enemy that make it God Forsaken. Dont worry, when you NEED them, they will be there for you regardless of what you think of them.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkTheNarc

      Yes, it is horrible what police EVERYWHERE have to endure. Wendy, I agree with you 100%. Sean, I disagree with you 100%. Everyone LOVES a fire fighter – and they SHOULD – but oft-times show open signs of contempt or disrespect. If you were trapped in a burning building, would you choose a fireman/woman or cop to get your bacon out of the frying pan? If you were cornered by MS-13, Crip, Blood, or even a group of "good ol' fashioned whitebread rednecks" would you call the FD or the PD? My bet is you'd call the PD. Please try to "ponder before you post."

      July 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. There Is No Christ

    Fry em!

    July 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoCal Sam

      Why'd it take o long...like the case in Cleveland, it was probably right under their noses and no one incharge was incharge! If found guilty, hang 'em in public...and all the investigators too. A sorry state of affairs, indeed!

      July 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    I wonder if he was asleep when they caught him? Hmmmm...

    July 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Texas Pete

    Send him to Iran. They know how to handle criminals.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Yes they will stone him.........

      July 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo

      Why would the Iranians want to get a murderer high?

      July 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkTheNarc

      As you well know, Texas Pete, we know how to handle 'em in the Lone Star Country.....ur, ah, sorry....I meant to write State. Nah, Texas IS like a "whole 'nother country." God BLESS Texas!

      July 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MIMA

    DOES NOT SAVE HE IS BLACK, HE TARGETS BLACK WOMEN CAN'T YOU READ

    July 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL CAN YOU SPELL?

      haha for someone who cannot spell, you should not be commenting

      July 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • OARFNY

      Well, let's just see shall we. Will you apologize when he turns out to be black? I didn't think so.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUH

      Dont you know how to spell????

      July 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Look at the composite sketches. You know...the sketches the article links to. The sketches that show him to be a black man.

      Just goes to show who is ignorant and who isn't.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      MIMA,
      1. He's black.
      2. Turn off your CAPS LOCK.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • fuzski

      its funny how people jump on here are quick too jump at someone because this article does not say he is black. If you click the links or read the news regularly or even bothered to read more about this you would know that he is black. Who cares what color he is, i'm just glad he's off the street. just tired of people with whining without knowing what they are talking about

      July 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MIMA

    DOEN NOT SAY HE IS BLACK

    July 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Look at the picture special ed!

      July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Wow how do you get the 'S' and the 'N' mixed up on a keyboard, they are so far apart!

      July 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric P

    If people only knew how common serial murder is in CA. LOL If you go up hiking in the San Gabriels in the campgrounds up there, you can find signs of them everywhere. I think the only reason law enforcement doesn't say anything about it is because they're probably still looking for all of them and don't want to compromise their cases by leaking it to the media.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Durden

      Signs of them? What kinds of signs? Do they leave behind name tags?

      July 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. doofus

    "leaving behind DNA"

    ewie...

    July 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Al

    DC Snipers were black and serial killers, not that we know the race of the suspect. Just saying.....

    July 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BobInIrvine

    Eric, I was just in the San Gabriels over the weekend and you're right: traces of Lucky Charms, Cheerios, and corn flakes littered the place. There are lots of cereal killers there.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      But they're Grrrreat cereal killers.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Netninja

    contrary to popular belief there have been black and white serial killers. So yes there ARE black serial killers.
    it's just the white ones get more press time.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tonya

    It does not say he is Black.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Look at the composite sketches. You know...the sketches the article links to. The sketches that show him to be a black man.

      You must be a cop.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. YOU ARE PATHETIC

    MIMA CAN'T YOU SPELL?????? TWO TRIES, TWO FAILS. NICE WORK.

    July 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIMA

      WHAT IS THE SECOND MISTAKE

      July 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUH

      MIMA IF YOU CANT SEE YOUR MISTAKES THEN PLEASE DONT COMMENT, OR NEXT TIME GET SPELL CHECK.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Mima appears to be quite stupid

      July 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo

      MIMA couldn't spell "spell check"

      (acting as MIMA) umm -s-b-e-l- -c-j-e-q- sbel cheq

      July 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SoCal Sam

    It never takes that long in Bevery Hills!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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