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Grim Sleeper: Photo of serial killer suspect released by LAPD

July 8, 2010 | 11:13 am

Reaper The Los Angeles Police Department released a photo of the man detectives allege is the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer.

The suspect is Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57. Police said DNA evidence linked him to the killings.

Franklin is charged with 10 counts of murder in the deaths of Debra Jackson, 29; Henrietta Wright, 35; Barbara Ware, 23; Bernita Sparks, age unknown; Mary Lowe, 26; Lachrica Jefferson, 22; Alicia Alexander, 18; Princess Berthomieux, 15; Valerie McCorvey, 35; and Janecia Peters, 25. He also is charged with one count of attempted murder.

The LAPD was holding a press conference Thursday morning to release further details.

"This terror has finally come to an end," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "We have our suspect."

Franklin is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Franklin was a garage attendant at the LAPD's 77th Street Division station in the early 1980s, according to city and police sources.

He worked as a garbage collector for the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation during the years that the first eight killings occurred. The string of killings began with the death of Jackson on Aug. 10, 1985, and ended with the death of Alexander on Sept. 11, 1988.

--Richard Winton

Photo: LAPD

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