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. Seriously.........

    justhuman99 – comment #41

    You have an excellent point! Worth trying, atleast going forward.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Malcomxboxlive

    are those sketches a retaliation to the az illegal immigrant law? I see plenty of lawsuits getting filed over these sketches

    May 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Layla

    While the majority of serial killers are in fact white males, there are serial killers from al across the racial spectrum. They may not be as prevalent (just as female serial killers are not as prevalent) but they do exist.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lg

    Friar Tuck there are plenty of black serial killers, ever hear of the Atlanta Child Murders, Coral Eugene Watts – probably killed more women then any other serial killer, that dude out of ohio who had 11 bodies of women in his house, he was a black man profiling is just a tool and I don't think white guys are being harrassed for being serial killers...

    May 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    I feel as if giving serial killers nicknames just adds fuel to their fire.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeebus

    Morgan Freeman NOOOOOO

    May 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SleeperBro

    We are gonna get you sucka !

    May 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. C

    Mr. Brooks.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AL

    Definitely Morgan Freeman, he's in EVERYTHING!! But as 'thedude' says, maybe Don Cornelius! Sooouuul Train!!! LOL

    May 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SleeperBro

    That sketch on the right is the spitting image of Sidney Poitier

    May 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MikeB

    The description says he's no taller than 5'10", so that rules out Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, and our President.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TayJ

    Okay people keep saying it was a long period because he was incarcerated... did you even read the article? They have his finger prints and DNA if he was incascerated then they would have his finger prints on file. Geese people really? Lets use our heads shall we?

    May 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anna

    There he goes! Cr@p he just ran into a crowd of 50 identical twins.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ogre12

    This message is addressed to you the perp...I do not subscribe to the media's name for you and do not honor it and will not repeat it. Your name is perp just like the other evil things that think they are humans call themselves. You made evade justice here on earth but you really aint escaping...trust me evil imp. That is what you are dont you realize it..your an imp. If you dont know the meaning look it up evil imp. Justice will come to your victims..They will have justice...just remember the welcome sign "abandon hope all ye who enter here" it is only a matter of time awhole.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ben franklin

    you guys are all wrong, it's clearly Danny glover. Actually this isnt funny, because i'd like to catch this guy and get the $500 thousand.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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