Six more possible Grim Sleeper cases being investigated
Grim Sleeper suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., shortly after his arrest last summer.
January 27th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Six more possible Grim Sleeper cases being investigated

Los Angeles detectives assigned to the Grim Sleeper serial killer case say they are investigating  two additional homicides that may be the work of suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., according to an aide for an L.A. councilman in whose district some of the killings took place.

The detectives also said there are four missing persons cases that may be related to the overall investigation, the aide told Thursday.

In July, 57-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was arrested and charged with 10 murders and one attempted murder related to slayings that date to 1985. He has pleaded not guilty. In 2009, published a special cold case interactive on the decades-long hunt for the killer. Police were led to Franklin after his 28-year-old son was arrested and gave a DNA swab, authorities said. When authorities announced the arrest, they revealed that Franklin had, for a time, worked as a garage attendant at a Los Angeles police station.

Who is Franklin?

Detectives delivered the news about the additional cases at a community meeting Wednesday night at Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles. They were responding to a question from a family member of one of the two homicide victims, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Dennis Gleason, a spokesman for Eighth District Councilman Bernard Parks, told CNN that the possible additional homicide victims were identified through photographs related to the Grim Sleeper case that police released to the public in December.

Shortly after Franklin's arrest, police searched his home and said they found Polaroids and videotape of many women. In December, investigators released some of those photographs (viewable here), which generated leads, they said.

Franklin is in custody awaiting trial.

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  1. thomas

    You people are the problem with our country!!! You take the case a serial killer and instead of debating the issue its turned into a race issue!!! Get a grip and enter the 21st century and leave the past behind us!! You all that had made racial issues out of this should be ashamed of yourself!!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mechatronics

    I'm sure he's just another misunderstood black man that had a rough upbringing. So set him free.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. toni

    I don't care what statistics say!! I'm from Louisiana and we had a black serial killer about 10 yrs ago. One of the reasons it took so long to find him was because the FBI profiled him as a white male. No one was even considering a black man! 'Crazy' doesn't descriminate.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. tjbaggins

    Lol he said nig to kill a mocking bird or two with one stone ? who shot the deputy? i want a continuance "

    January 29, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. virginia

    Evil comes in all shapes an color for anyone to assume is naïve or thoughtless

    January 30, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Masterpiece

    Wow pretty interesting stuff some people prove there points while others sounded stupid and the young lady who said something about stats was correct, but someone change it to racism. Its funny how I'm black and grew up around a lot of violence and then read what people who never witnessed it has to say but let's not get into that the case is the topic so let's just stay on topic and I must say that he might be guilty or innocent but I do not believe in DNA because I had family members who were convicted because of DNA and is now out because DNA was wrong

    January 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. henry benjamin

    Was there a victim named tracy found on colden and fig

    February 1, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. DMSN5

    We should get Dexter Morgan on the case. I'm sure he could find out if he is quilty or not.

    i figure if other people can post stupidity on this so can i

    February 2, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. powerplayer

    @Masterpiece....yeah sure ur moolie family was innocent dna doesnt lie and ur black theyre guilty as sin so watch ur ass if ya dont wanna end up like em

    February 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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