Grim Sleeper: Detectives look at 30 additional unsolved killings
“I believe we will find additional victims,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, calling the gap in slayings “one of the troubling aspects of the case.”
Detectives have spent the last two days scouring Franklin's home, collecting photo albums, documents, business cards and other records that they hope can provide a better picture of the suspect and perhaps provide links to other victims.
In addition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is examining unsolved killings in parts of the South L.A. area that it patrols, searching for links to Franklin. Officials acknowledge that tying more cases to Franklin could be challenging.
There is no DNA evidence in any of the 30 cases, which is significant because authorities said they tied Franklin to some of the 10 killings based on information from DNA databases. Many of the cases are three decades old and occurred during a period when several serial killers were allegedly on the loose in South L.A.
In addition to focusing on the apparent hiatus in the Grim Sleeper homicides, detectives are trying to determine whether the killer might have started his crimes earlier than police previously believed.
“Now that we know who he is, we can get out and show his picture and talk to neighbors, co-workers, friends,” said Det.Dennis Kilcoyne, who heads a task force that is investigating the killings.
-- Jack Leonard, Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
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