‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Sentenced To Death
Another serial killer has had his day in court, and it looks like he’ll be paying for his crimes with his life. The “Grim Sleeper” terrorized a poor African American community in Los Angeles, targeting low-income Black women, often drug abusers, knowing that their deaths would garner less attention and less thorough investigation by law enforcement. Now, he is set to be sentenced to death. Via MailOnline:
A serial killer known as the ‘Grim Sleeper’ should be sentenced to death for murdering nine women and a teenage girl over more than two decades in South Los Angeles, a jury decided on Monday.
Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, a former city trash collector and garage attendant for Los Angeles police, was convicted of 10 counts of first-degree murder last month for crimes dating back more than 30 years.
Family members of the victims cried Monday as the verdicts on punishment were read. Some rocked back and forth. One said, ‘Thank you.’ A prosecutor had asked jurors to show Franklin the same compassion he showed his victims and give him the ‘ultimate penalty.’
An emotional defense lawyer asked jurors to sentence him to life without parole to hasten the healing process for the victims’ family members.
The jury called for the death penalty on all 10 murder counts and the judge set formal sentencing for August 10.
Franklin said, ‘Yes, your honor,’ in regards to the date but otherwise sat quietly and stared straight ahead the entire time. As he walked into court, family members of the victims whispered, ‘Dead man walking.’
Most of the slayings fit a similar pattern. Women were either fatally shot, choked — or both — and their partly clad or naked bodies were dumped in alleys and trash bins in the impoverished area where Franklin lived.
Franklin got the name “the grim sleeper” due to a 14-year gap in his crime career, causing police to be unable to connect the dots that the crimes were all related for years on end. His victims were all Black women that lived close to him in his community — including one 14-year-old girl:
Franklin has actually been linked to even more murders, however the DA chose not to charge him with the extra cases because doing so would have delayed his trial by an additional six years.
Wow. Considering the heinous nature of his crimes, it sounds like the jury made the best recommendation. A spot under the jail would be too good for this guy…