FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

DNA Match Ensnares 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer In Los Angeles

July 08, 2010  | 


DNA rendering via ynse (Flickr.com)

LAPD robbery homicide officers arrested Lonnie David Franklin, who is suspected to have murdered at least 10 prostitutes in South Los Angeles in a 22-year period that included a 13-year gap, the department announced.

Franklin is thought to be the "Grim Sleeper" killer who began killing women in 1985. The deaths have been linked via DNA collected from the bodies of the women, who were sexually assaulted and often left for dead in alleys and covered in debris with gunshot wounds to the chest from a small-caliber gun.

LAPD detectives identified Franklin, 57, over the weekend, using rarely used DNA matching software that's available only in California and Colorado. The California Department of Justice carried out the DNA "familial search" after Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown approved the use of the relatively new tool, according to Sandi Gibbons, public information officer with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"There was a match with a close family member, which led to the defendent," Gibbons told POLICE Magazine. "Undercover officers then were able to get a direct DNA sample after the defendent had eaten at a pizza parlor."

Detectives obtained Franklin's DNA over the weekend after following him and collecting a piece of pizza he had partially eaten.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's predecessor William Bratton formed a task force in 2007 that had been excluisively investigating the case.

"We never gave up on this investigation, not for one minute," Beck said in an announcement of the arrest. "Our detectives worked relentlessly following up on every lead they received. Their hard work has resulted in today's (Wednesday) apprehension of this vicious killer."

Read the full story.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Inspector General Recommends Changes in NYPD Body Camera Policy
According to the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD, the police department’s...
Parabon's Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service Reveals New Clues in 27-Year Old Cold Case
Working with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Police Department, Parabon generated a composite image...
Facebook Loses Appeal on New York Search Warrants
A New York state appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook had no legal standing to...
DHS Unveils Major Expansion of ICE Cyber Crimes Center
The expanded ICE Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Va., will provide ICE's Homeland Security...
Dell Introduces Its First Fully Rugged Tablet Built to Withstand Harsh Environments
Dell today announced the new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, Dell's first fully rugged tablet...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine