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Sunday
Oct302011

Six More Deaths Linked to Grim Sleeper Serial Killer

Al Seib/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Police have linked Lonnie Franklin Jr., the man charged with 10 murders in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings, to six other deaths, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The new victims were linked to the Grim Sleeper through DNA evidence, ballistics and a 911 voice recording of the accused serial killer, the reports said. In two of the cases, ballistic evidence showed that the bullets used to kill the women were fired from a gun Franklin is accused of using in other killings, according to the Times.

Photographs of six missing women have been posted on the LAPD website. Their current ages, if they are alive, range from 24 to 61 years old.

There is also a poster seeking information on Inez Warren, a murder victim whose body was discovered on Aug. 15, 1988. The poster asks anyone with information about the woman to contact the Grim Sleeper Task Force.

The LAPD did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

Franklin, a 57-year-old mechanic, was charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in July 2010 for the infamous "Grim Sleeper" slayings in Los Angeles. He is accused of murdering 10 young women between 1985 and 2007 in South Los Angeles.

When detectives searched Franklin's home and surrounding property, they allegedly found more than 1,000 photos and hundreds of hours of home video footage in his procession.

Franklin pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 23, 2010, during a court appearance. He remains in custody.

A DNA sample taken from the suspect's son helped in determining the identity of the "Grim Sleeper," who had eluded police for more than two decades.

A technique called familial DNA led police to Franklin in July 2010.

The police will not immediately seek additional charges for the six new victims so as not to complicate the current case against Franklin, according to the Times.

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Wednesday
Apr062011

'Grim Sleeper' Suspect May Be Linked to Eight More Female Victims

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Lonnie Franklin, Jr., the man suspected of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, may be responsible for the disappearance or murder of eight more women, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said evidence uncovered at Franklin, Jr.'s home could tie him to six missing persons, one unsolved murder and the possible murder of an unidentified woman.

Police announced the findings Tuesday night as part of their ongoing investigation into a series of killings and missing persons in and around the Los Angeles community where the 57-year-old lived.

Franklin, Jr. is accused of murdering ten young women between 1985 and 2007 in South Los Angeles.  He had been dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because of the perceived 14-year-gap in his alleged crime spree.

Of the six missing, investigators connected three of them to Franklin, Jr. with evidence found at his home.

Detectives also believe Franklin, Jr. is linked to an unsolved 1988 murder of a woman who lived and worked near his south Los Angeles home.

Another woman's identity is unknown, but police found a photo of her in his refrigerator -- a place that seemed to be where the suspect kept snapshots of several women.

It's "what appears to be his special location" for storing his cache of pictures, said lead homicide detective Dennis Kilycoyne.

Following Franklin Jr.'s arrest last summer, police spent three days combing through his home and property.  There, they collected mounds of evidence against the former city sanitation worker, including thousands of photographs of different woman, most of them unidentified.

This past December, the Los Angeles Police Department released 180 photos of those mysterious women in effort to solicit the public's help in identifying them.  The response was overwhelming, with leads pouring into the downtown Los Angeles police headquarters.´╗┐

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