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LAPD reports new breaks in 'Grim Sleeper' serial-killer case

The Los Angeles Police Department has announced significant new progress in the Grim Sleeper case, saying it is now investigating two new potential victims of the serial-killer suspect and has identified 72 of the more than 180 women whose photos were found in his possession.

Los Angeles police detectives say the two new murder cases possible linked to suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr., involve women killed in the 1990s. They declined to give further details, saying the case was still being investigated.

"There is a connection between Franklin and these women [in the new murder investigations] that we are not talking about," Det. Dennis Kilcoyne said to The Times. "This is the first time we've mentioned it."

Photos: Identities of mystery women sought

Franklin, 57, is charged in connection with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder — crimes that occurred in South L.A. and spanned three decades, prosecutors have said.

Franklin has pleaded not guilty. At the time of Franklin's arrest in July, authorities found about 1,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of video of women.

The LAPD decided to release approximately 180 stills from these materials and have received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and other tips since last month.

Investigators have identified 72 women who contacted authorities after their photographs were released by investigators last December in an effort to identify approximately 134 women who are believed to be the subjects of pictures, video or both, said Kilcoyne, who is heading up the case.

Kilcoyne said 62 women have yet to be identified, although they have been able to remove 118 images of the original 180 images posted on the LAPD website including friends and family of Franklin.


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Click to learn more about the Grim Sleeper's victims

Learn more about the Grim Sleeper's known victims on The Times interactive Homicide Report.

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Once again: tried and convicted by the media....fair trial????....I don't think so.

Well, I watched this video and read the article. At no time did I see anything other than the facts of what is going on being presented. They did not say that he was guilty. They only stated that he was arrested and is suspected of being the grim sleeper, for which he is going to go to trial, to determine if that is true. They also only relayed the facts about what the Detectives have done. They have searched his home after arresting him, they have found photographs, they have attempted to identify the people in those photographs, and found a few more possible victims of the "Grime Sleeper." At no time were there any inferences made about his guilt or innocence. I think Puciret inferred the suspected person's guilt by putting together the facts that the news media portrayed and then assumed that they said he was guilty. When a jury is selected and a trial commences the prosecuting attorney will try to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect who was arrested actually committed the crimes. The defense attorney will only try to prove a reasonable doubt. In these types of cases, if one jury member has any doubt that this man might not be the one who actually did the killings, he goes free. It may not be a perfect justice system, but it's not that bad either.

In a criminal trial, the defendant is not required to prove anything unless he raises a defense like insanity or self-defense. In that case, the defendant is required to prove his defense beyond a reasonable doubt - the same standard imposed upon the state. Otherwise, if the defendant does not raise any defense, he is protected by the 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution from presenting any evidence at all. He may sit silent as a stone and even his silence cannot be used against him, something which jurors are specifically told in every criminal case when the Judge instructs the Jury.


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