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LAPD to post 'Grim Sleeper' suspect's photos on Facebook, Twitter

October 18, 2012 |  9:52 am

Images of women found in possession of 'Grim Sleeper' suspect still unidentified

Los Angeles police are again turning to the public for help in identifying dozens of women seen in photos found at the home of the alleged "Grim Sleeper" serial killer.

Forty-two photographs found at the home of suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. will be posted on Facebook and Twitter on Thursday, Los Angeles police announced. The photos, taken between 1976 and 2010, were among about 1,000 photos seized from Franklin's home when he was arrested in July 2010.

MAP: Grim Sleeper killings, 1985-2007

Franklin, 60, has been charged with murder in the slayings of 10 women whose bodies were found on the streets of South Los Angeles over two decades. Authorities said he has been linked to at least six more killings.

When authorities found the photos, along with hundreds of hours of video, they feared that some of the women could be additional victims. Some of the images appeared to be innocent snapshots, but most showed women in various states of undress in sexual poses.

PHOTOS: Images of women found in possession of 'Grim Sleeper' suspect

Detectives weeded out duplicate images and sought to identify about 160 women. They tried to contact the women on their own, but when they were unable to identify the rest, they took the rare step of making the images public. Hundreds of tips poured in, and detectives were able to identify additional victims.


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Photo: The LAPD has appealed to the public before to help identify possible "Grim Sleeper" victims. At a 2011 news conference at Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles investigators asked for help in identifying 48 women from their photographs. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Authorities feared the photographs, along with hundreds of hours of video, depicted other victims and sought to identify the women.