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

July 7, 2010 |  1:11 pm

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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