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Reward for notorious L.A. serial killer now at nearly $500,000 [Updated]

June 9, 2010 |  7:40 am

The reward for information leading to the conviction of notorious L.A.-area serial killer now stands at nearly $500,000, officials said this week as they asked for the public's help.

The "Grim Sleeper" is responsible for at least 11 deaths in the last three decades.

The suspect has killed women in Los Angeles, unincorporated L.A. County areas and Inglewood since the 1980s. He was described in 1988 by a surviving victim as black, in his 20s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, around 160 pounds, soft-spoken, articulate, with neatly trimmed hair and a pockmarked face.

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 victims were all black, and most were apparent prostitutes or drug addicts who were sexually assaulted, officials said. A 12th victim escaped after being shot and raped.

Anyone with information is urged to call the LAPD at (213) 486-6830

[Updated at 11:42 p.m.: The nearly $500,000 reward was initially offered several years ago, and officials this week renewed the reward.]

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Los Angeles Police Department