Are There More Victims Of The ‘Grim Sleeper’
The “Grim Sleeper” case didn’t end with his May 5 conviction. A California court gave Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, the death sentence for 10 murders: nine women, and a 15-year-old girl. Its emerged there might be more.
The Los Angeles Police Department still needs help locating 35 possible victims. Investigators found over 1,000 photos and videotapes of women and teen girls in Franklin’s garage and camper after his 2010 arrest. Images were of a sexual nature, and as the outlet put it, some women seemed “unconscious, asleep or dead.” Problem was, police couldn’t ID 180 of those images. They chipped away for years, but more work is needed.
If more victims are discovered, then it might undermine Franklin’s nickname. The confirmed murders spanned 1985 to 2007, with an apparent 14-year break. Hence, the “Grim Sleeper” moniker. But maybe he wasn’t lying dormant at all.
The LAPD has been criticized for initial handling of the case. It has been said the investigation took so long because some officials just didn’t take these killings seriously—each confirmed victim was black, and linked to alleged prostitution or drug use. A 2014 documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper reported how some cops accordingly labeled the murders as “NHI”—No Human Involved.
Franklin still locked up in San Quentin State Prison. His confirmed victims, in chronological order: Debra Jackson, 29; Henrietta Wright, 35; Barbara Ware, 23; Bernita Sparks 26; Mary Lowe, 26; Lachrica Jefferson, 22; Alicia “Monique” Alexander, 18; Princess Berthomieux, 15; Valerie McCorvey, 35; and Janecia Peters, 25. The police have also think 1986 murder of Thomas Steele, 36, might be linked somehow.