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'Grim Sleeper' serial killer suspect worked for LAPD and as city trash collector [Updated]

Officials closed off a block around the house where the arrest was made.

The man police allege is the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer worked as a city sanitation worker, a law enforcement source told The Times.

[Updated at 1:16 p.m.: He also worked in the early 1980s as a mechanic at an LAPD station, another source said.]

The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr. Franklin lived in a tidy neighborhood on 81st Street in South Los Angeles.

DNA and ballistics evidence have connected the killings of 10 women and one man from 1985 to 2007, police said. After 1988, the killer did not commit any known homicides until 2002. He last struck on Jan. 1, 2007.

The source told The Times that Franklin worked as a trash collector but retired at some point. The long gaps between the two distinct sets of killings correspond to a time when Franklin was on disability, the source said.

Other law enforcement sources said the partial DNA match occurred last week and that Franklin was arrested sometime after that.

LAPD officials have taped off his South L.A. home as they look for more evidence.

-- Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein

Photo credit: KTLA


LAPD make arrest in Grim Sleeper serial killings

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I dont think you have the correct street. It appears that the street where the suspect lived was on 76th street.

He's out killing while on disability. Didn't OJ do that or he was pretending to be on disability and he wasn't?

Did the grim sleeper ever work at vons grocery store in Long Beach ca? He looks just like a man who I worked with at the Bixby Knolls location.

no they have the correct street! The guys lives across the street from my grandmother! I still cant believe it! I'm in total shock! The billboard is on 91st and Western and I just saw it on Monday!

This Is crazy..I have known the "suspect" since I was in kindergarden..I'm 33 years old now..I'm just not seeing it..I mean you cant really know a person but I am really just not seeing him being the serial killer

About time.

Boy that headline is misleading...I believed he was a car mechanic at one of the police stations...I guess anything to conjure up interest the the downtrodden LATimes...

Wow! Worked for the LAPD? And we in the trucking industry are being treated like terrorists?

Most serial killer's are people who you LEAST expect, this dude murdered 11 people! i wondered if they found his orange Ford Pinto???

Is that GRIM SLEEPER in FRONT of his House?
81 street and Western Ave, Los Angeles. Google map it. LIGHT GREEN house on W. 81st. Raggety Grey car with hood up,in front, just like the news said, he was a mechanic ! The older man standing in the yard. OMG !

By the way this is the same house that's pictured on the News today, but this google map is about 2 years old. if you type in 1752 w. 81st, los angeles, ca you get it.

'Grim Sleeper' serial killer suspect worked for LAPD and as city trash collector" This Person never worked by the LAPD. He was a City Employee and was a Mechanic for the City who worked on Police Veh at one point in his life. The LA Times Should be ashamed for making it sound like he was an employee of the LAPD. Don't be fooled by this corrupt type of Journalism.

on google earth at 1718 w 81frst st, is that a pinto on jacks in the driveway?

wow! 11 killings, started in the eighties? this clown got a real deal because he targeted primarily black women. though he left time between his killings, possibly making things more difficult for investigators, i still think the authorities didn't give this case the attention it warranted because he was killing black women. to this day, they're still trying to figure out what happened to Natalie Holloway, one single blond pretty white girl who disappeared in Aruba. a couple of years ago. There were private detectives and professional search crews that even volunteered to help find her. But this guy kills 11 black women over a period of 21 years and they just find out about him now? wow.


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