‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer suspect worked for LAPD and as city trash collector
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.
Grim Sleeper’ serial killer suspect worked for LAPD and as city trash collector [Updated]
Pizza slice helped link suspect to Grim Sleeper serial killings, sources say
Los Angeles police detectives used a piece of discarded pizza to help build their case against a man accused of being the Grim Sleeper serial killer, sources told The Times.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, was arrested at his home in South Los Angeles on Wednesday morning after police said they made DNA matches linking him to the killings of 11 people over the last three decades. Prosecutors said they have charged Franklin with 10 counts of murder, noting that he is eligible for the death penalty.
Franklin is a former city trash collector who at one time worked as a vehicle mechanic at an LAPD station, sources said.
“He’s the neighborhood mechanic” said neighbor Eric Robinson, 47. “He volunteers at the park. A very good man. His daughter just graduated from college, I believe. He’s a good mechanic, worked out of his garage. I’ve been here since 1976; that’s how long I’ve known him. I’m not pretty shocked, I’m all the way shocked.”