Grim Sleeper

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Lonnie David Franklin Jr. (August 30, 1952 – March 28, 2020), better known by the nickname Grim Sleeper, was a convicted American serial killer. He was responsible for at least ten murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles, California.[1] He was also convicted for rape and sexual violence.[2][3][4] Franklin earned his nickname when he appeared to have taken a 14-year break from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002.[5]

In July 2010, Franklin was arrested as a suspect, and, after many delays, his trial began in February 2016. On May 5, 2016, the jury convicted him of killing nine women and one teenage girl.[6][7]

On June 6, 2016, the jury recommended the death penalty,[8] and on August 10, 2016, the Los Angeles Superior Court sentenced him to death.[9] On March 28, 2020, he was found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin and pronounced dead at the age of 67.[10]

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  2. "Man Found Guilty For All 10 'Grim Sleeper' Killings Of Women". The Huffington Post. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  3. Christine Pelisek, Grim Sleeper Returns: He's Murdering Angelenos, as Cops Hunt his DNA Archived 2014-12-23 at the Wayback Machine, LA Weekly, August 28, 2008
  4. Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Hunted Archived 2016-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, SkyNews Report
  5. "Arrest in 'Grim Sleeper' killings of ten women, man". NBC News. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  6. Scott Glover and Paul Vercammen. "Jury convicts 'Grim Sleeper' of 10 murders". CNN. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  7. "Trial Begins for Accused 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer". ABC News. 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  8. Times, Los Angeles. "Jurors vote for death sentence for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer". Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  9. Gerber, Marisa; Queally, James (10 August 2016). "The 'Grim Sleeper' is sentenced to death for string of murders". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-08-10.