Lonnie David Franklin Jr., known as the Grim Sleeper, preyed on women living in Los Angeles. But what made him truly unique was his 14-year break from killing, which is how he gained his nickname.
Franklin killed at least nine women and one teenage girl in Los Angeles between the years of 1985 and 2007, but he is suspected of many more. If it wasn't for the work of one intrepid journalist determined to crack the case, he might've never been caught. He was a smart, calculated killer who preyed on the weak and kept an extremely low profile. The terrifying details of his horrific crimes are sure to send a shiver down your spine and make Franklin one of the most prolific killers of modern history.
He Kept Photos Of His Victims
When authorities searched Lonnie David Franklin Jr.'s home after his arrest, they found more than a thousand photos and videos hidden in the garage. The pictures were of women - some of whom turned out to be his victims.
To this day, not everyone in the pictures has been identified. With the help from the public, the police were able to identify all but 35 of the women in the photos.
He Shot His Victims At Close Range
Police found the gun used to commit the Grim Sleeper murders in Franklin's top dresser drawer. The gun was a key piece of evidence - police were able to match all of Franklin's 10 victims to him by either DNA or ballistics. The .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun was linked to all of his proven murders.
His only surviving victim - Enietra "Margette" Washington - told police he shot her in the chest while sitting in his car. Believing she was dead, he dumped her body in an alleyway and she ran for help.
He Left His Victim's Bodies In Alleyways And Dumpsters
He Kept Trophies Of His Victims - Including Photographs And JewelryPhoto: Joey Zanotti/CC BY 2.0 / Flickr
The LAPD found over a 1000 pictures and videos in his home. He also kept some identification cards, including school IDs and driver's licenses. Women's jewelry was also found.