The Los Angeles Police Department has released photos of Grim Sleeper victims and received an overwhelming response from the public. The LAPD has gotten "hundreds of hundreds" of phone calls, emails, text messages, and other tips identifying many of the women subjected to the alleged "Grim Sleeper" serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr.
After police conducted a search of Franklin's residence, they discovered approximately 1,000 digital, Polaroid, and printed photographs as well as "hundreds" of hours of videotaped footage of his victims. Some of the evidence uncovered during the search dated to the 1980s and officials fear that Franklin's crimes extend beyond more recent years.
The LAPD released the images in an attempt to identify at least 160 victims, hoping that the victims themselves or their friends and family members would contact detectives investigating the case. Additionally, a 14 year gap in Franklin's background and between the murders of his eighth and tenth victims has raised alarm for investigators as they are trying to piece together the gap.
Franklin was arrested in July 2010 for ten counts of murder and sexual assault. Franklin pleaded not guilty and is presently awaiting trial.
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