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. Jesse m

    I have heard most serial killers are american and why not we have a hige number of homicides to deal with and one man or woman black or white can get away with killing several people without causing panic that a serial killer is on the loose.

    January 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan

    Hey, I thought according to every black in this country that only white middle aged men were serial killers??

    January 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kim

    This guy slipped through the cracks for year why because they keep saying only a certain type of man is capable of this when in fact any man is capable of these act if they can get away with it. There are more men out there just like this creep and they are not being caught. There piling up victims and years go by nothing is done. Hey we all know the creepy guy you know to stay clear of and all the law got to do is ask questions but no does and so they go undetected for years free to kill. There victim the one most at risk those who are on drug or living other at risk lifestyle. Its unfair to allow anyone to get away with these crimes!

    January 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kim

    I think some of these posters are serial killers. There rude and make me very uncomfortable with there views and insensativity ... Im sure I would not want to know alot of these nutjobs!

    January 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • joshman

      i feelin that way too. especially the ones who are saying that he's innocent.

      January 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Euri

    most people commenting need to stop judging by a persons race.God created us all equal yet some people think they should be treated better than othersAnd how would obama even become president if he was illegalOnly naturalized citizens are allowed to become president. and to the people who think he hasnt done anything i'd like to see you try to improve all the countries problems with so many people depending on you.

    January 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tilmeismoney

    Yeah, I bet he wouldn't even hurt a fly. Personally I wouldn't want to meet him in dark alley.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The two witnesses

    Please call 800 613 9494
    We found em! Who ? The 2 witnesses spoke of I'm rev chapter 11

    January 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dallaslady

    I don't even know where to start...first everyone on here needs to stay on topic what does Obama have anything to do with this serial killer mess? Second what does it matter about his race? If he killed those people then he need to go to jail and die there! Some of the comments that are on here are just ridiculous...but that just shows how many dumb and hateful people there are in this world!

    January 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Surrounded

      AGREE!...we truly are "surrounded." I'm more convinced & dismayed the more I read these discussions/commentary. A fantastic tool for proactive communal discourse, down the drain w/rubbish, cruelty & self importance. Sad...signing off, going read a book. G'night

      January 28, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. david

    It's true more mass murderers are white, but blacks murder at 8 times the rate of non blacks. Gee, can he be innocent? Doubt that seriously..

    January 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kim

    Daniel, your comments are terribly ignorant.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      @Kim – your comments do not mean very much, coming from a retard.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. david

    WHEW, Cant use the race card on this one..

    January 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Bucktooth

    2 black men in history serial killers! Hidden things are coming out all over!

    January 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Carl

    Looking into those faces of those women, each of which was so loved by someone, makes you realize the enormity of the crime in just taking one of those lives. To see the list go on into the hundreds.....sad beyond words....
    I pray that all these women and their beloved will reunite in the place where there is no more sorrow....

    January 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Black serial killers have been around for years. Check out names like: Coral Eugene Watts 13 murdered, Eddie Lee Mosley (killed 25 to 30 women), Wayne Williams (famous), Maury Travis (killed 12), Chester Dewayne Turner ,Shelly Brooks, Derrick Todd Lee,Elton M. Jackson, John Allen Muhammad, Vaughn Greenwood and many more..

    January 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan

      exactly...nigs killing nigs just is not news, we only hear about it when they kill a pretty white girl.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hellie

    There is a reason I hate people and you all are the prime example of why. If you cant spell president then you really should stop commenting on who and who cannot actually hold that office.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
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