Police: Grim Sleeper serial killer photos released
December 16th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Police: Grim Sleeper serial killer photos released

Los Angeles police are trying to identify women in photographs whom they believe may have been held captive by the notorious serial killer The Grim Sleeper.

The photos, reportedly found in the suspect's home, were revealed Thursday.

View the photos at L.A.P.D. website

Lonnie Franklin Jr. is charged with 10 murders and one attempted murder in slayings which occurred over two decades - as far as back as 1985. The bodies of victims, many working as prostitutes, were all found in close proximity to each other in a neighborhood formerly known as South Central L.A.

Franklin, a mechanic who once worked for the LAPD, was arrested in July after police say they matched his DNA with DNA left on some of the victims. Police were led to Franklin after his 28-year-old son got arrested and gave a DNA swab, authorities said.

Who is Lonnie Franklin Jr.?

Franklin's arrest marked the end of an investigation that veteran homicide detective Dennis Kilcoyne and a team of specially designated officers waged for years.

Kilcoyne and others involved in the case spoke with CNN.com before the alleged killer was found.

See CNN.com's interactive special on The Grim Sleeper

Reporter Christine Pelisek, who years ago broke the story of the Grim Sleeper, writes in today's Daily Beast that the pictures show women who range from teens to women in their 60s. They are seen nude or exposing their breasts. The photos were taken from Franklin's home, as well as other items police believe belonged to victims such as bracelets, earrings, watches and necklaces.

Families of the victims - and the only known survivor of the Grim Sleeper - were given an advance look at the photos.

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  1. Azmodios

    Ummm... If they've caught the guy why release these pictures?

    If these women are dead, let them rest in peace. If any of them are not, I highly doubt they want the entire country knowing they posed nude in photo's for this psycho.

    January 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
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