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

January 27, 2011 |  7:01 am

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.