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. TheUpmost

    @ Steveroo
    So I see your either from a Klan or just stuck on stupid. I say both but you might differ on that. You actually went out and did a google search on Black Serial killers....How nice? Did you do a search on Slave masters and killings as well? Maybe you forgot about that or just that was a way of life. See America this is who your neighbors are.....Nice Uh!!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steveroo

      beats doing searches for rainbows and unicorns, sally.

      July 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steveroo

      Upmost in IQ, you most certainly are not.

      I seem to have touched a sensitive spot. "Minorities" and their enablers have such thin skins.

      July 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • STUFF


      STEVEROO is an imbocile, do not pay any attention to him. I know him personally and he is a lonely skinny little bigot who lives in a dumpy trailer and eats cheez-whiz all day. He is a kindergarten dropout and is the ugliest son of a booger you have ever seen.

      July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. OMG

    Excuse me "Chooch," let me tell you something ok, not all blacks are thugs from the hood. And contrary to what you may have been told, or watched on the movies, or contrary to the way the media protrays "US", we're not all in gangs, we're not all killing other people, and we're not all riff-raff! Yes there are some, and I stress some, a few that fit that descrpition, but there are also some from every race that could fit it as well! So get your facts right before you open your mouth and spew ridiculous trash like that again!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chasaty

    Im still confused as to why the race of the killer is more important than the killer being caught here?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OMG

    Steveroo would you be so kind as to tell me which subset of mass murder that whites are overly represented in???? Get a life and find something else other than COLOR to be obsessed with! Blacks kill, Whites kill, Asians kill, Mexicans kill...what's your point?! I can promise you if people spent as much time finding fault in themselves as they do someone else's race...we'd all be in much better shape!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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