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"Grim Sleeper" serial killer arrested in South Los Angele

07-08-2010 08:22 BJT

LOS ANGELES, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has made an arrest in the Grim Sleeper serial killings in South Los Angeles Wednesday, local media outlets reported.

Dozens of LAPD officers and other plain-cloth agents were seen standing near a South L.A. house the live footage by local television channel ABC7 shown. The killer is believed responsible for 11 deaths over the last three decades.

During a telephone interview with The Los Angeles Times, Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley identified the suspect as 51-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

DNA and ballistics evidence have connected the killings of 10 women and one man from 1985 to 2007, police said. The killer, billed as "Grim Sleeper," was given the moniker because he took a 14-year hiatus in his crimes after 1988.

The suspect killed again in 2002. He last struck on Jan. 1, 2007.

The victims, mostly female, were from the city of Los Angeles and the unincorporated areas of L.A. County. They were all black and most were apparent prostitutes or drug addicts who were sexually assaulted before being fatally shot. The "Grim Sleeper" then dumped their bodies in alleys and trash bins.

A 12th victim escaped after being shot and raped. A survivor in 1988 described her attacker as black, in his 20s, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall (about 175 cm), about 160 pounds (73 kg), soft-spoken and articulate, with neatly trimmed hair and a pockmarked face, The Times reported.

In February, the LAPD released a 911 tape of a call made more than 20 years ago by a witness who reported having seen the killer dispose of a woman's body in South Los Angeles. Authorities in May had put up six billboards in South L.A. and two digital billboards on the 91 Freeway in Compton in their renewed efforts to catch the suspect.

The Los Angeles City Council had also offered a 500,000-dollar reward leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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