May 5th, 2010
02:32 PM ET

New sketches released in hunt for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer

Police released these three composite sketches showing what the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer may look like today.

New composite sketches have gone up on billboards across Los Angeles as police intensify their hunt for the “Grim Sleeper,” a serial killer suspected of murdering 11 women since 1985.

“It’s just another creative effort to try to shake loose some information because we believe he’s still around and in the southern L.A. area,” said LAPD Det. Dennis Kilcoyne, who has been tracking the case for years.

Kilcoyne said police have been flooded with calls since the new billboards and sketches went up, but they've had no concrete leads. Kilcoyne said regular sightings are expected when new sketches go up, and he hopes one of them could lead them to their man.

For two decades the “Grim Sleeper” – nicknamed for the length of time between his attacks – has been targeting black women, some who worked as prostitutes, police say.

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

Police have the killer’s DNA and his fingerprint, but haven’t been able to make a match to a suspect. A 911 call made in 1987 reporting one of the murders led police to a van they believe was involved. But the trail went cold.

Officials have 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.

“We could not find anyone,” Kilcoyne said.

Investigators are hoping the sketches, along with a $500,000 reward offered by the Los Angeles City Council, will turn up some leads. The suspect is described as a black male with black or graying black hair and between 45 and 60 years old.

In one of the sketches the man’s face appears worn and aged, and in another he is a bit heavier. The third photo is based on the description given by the only woman known to police to have escaped the “Grim Sleeper’s” grasp when she was attacked in 1988.

“She got a look at the guy and sat down with an artist and gave a composite of a young man,” Kilcoyne said of sole survivor. “We took that and had one of our artists with the police department here give us his version of what he would look like now.”

Kilcoyne hopes the new sketches and the seven billboards scattered plastered southern L.A. as well as two digital ones on the 91 Freeway in Compton may finally bring the killer to justice.

Still, Kilcoyne continues to pull at the threads of the case, which has frustrated him for years. He is notified any time victims similar to the Grim Sleeper’s have been found dead. He tries to cross-reference them to see if they are connected. So far, he’s had no luck.

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. MikeB

    It looks like Ron Glass from "Barney Miller." Did you see him in "Lakeview Terrace?" Dead ringer for the first sketch.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. awe stuck

    "clearly this si the work of don cheadle"

    ROFL, that was epic.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anon

    Shouldn't the picture say "Age Prog(r)essed Composites"

    May 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • KDubSack

      Beat Me To It! Touche.

      November 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. eric

    it could be morgan freeman... have we questioned him? danny glover?

    May 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ElysiumInd

    I can't tell if that is Nelson Mandela or Morgan Freeman... but I knew one of them were up to no good...

    May 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. simple thought

    haha .. the middle guy kinda looks like bill cosby .. heehehee

    May 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NickB5

    The lengths of time between attacks could correspond with lengths of incarceration. I'm a little surprised that there has been no comparison between this guy and jack the ripper since both seem to have an attraction for the red light district, maybe it's more common than I thought.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jet Black

    He doesn't fit the profile of a serial killer. Maybe he has a strong tan?

    May 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hi

    looks like it could be Tiger Woods according the the picture on the far right.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cha Cha

    Hmmmm...I would like to see the sketch that they did when he was young. Somebody might remember him.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Amy

    I don't think it is funny at all, this person has kille 11 people, if one was your relative or lovd one would you be laughing, and really are we going to turn this into a race thing? Those sketched look no different than any others done of anyone else, Eric Holder was right about one thing we all are cowards when it comes to race, but not in the way he or most black americans think.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rodfromnc

    It "Cleveland" from Family Guy!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bee

    Is that Morgan Freeman?

    May 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Getalife.com

    Kate, do I sense denial? You sound like one of those bitter, defensive, al sharpton following black folk that can't seem to get a grip on the facts. This sketch is VERY general, and does not narrow down a thing. Take your head out of the sand boo boo.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pablo

    "Seriously? I have similarities of the sketch on the right. I wonder how many Black males will get questioned for this."

    Obviously not enough. They have not caught him yet.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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