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|Lonnie David Franklin, Jr.: Could he be responsible for more than 100 killings in LA?|
December 16, 2010
I have lived in Los Angeles County my entire life. Yep, us "native Angeleno's" have seen countless "notorious" killing sprees since the 1960's. Charlie Manson and The Manson Family. Richard Ramirez and The Night Stalker. Rodney Alcala and his killing rampage in the Orange County area. OJ Simpson. William Bonin, The Freeway Killer, and now "The Grim Sleeper."
On and on.
Could Lonnie David Franklin become the most notorious serial killer in the history in the "dark side" of Los Angeles crime lore?
More than 100 images recovered from the past arrest from serial murder suspect Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. have been made public.
Los Angeles Police Detectives are hoping to put names to the faces of the women and man on the photos to see if any of them "could" have fallen victim to Franklin, aka “The Grim Sleeper.”
Here is the scoop on Franklin, in case you need to be reminded:
On July 8, 2010, the 57-year-old Franklin was arrested for a series of murders. LAPD Detectives think that he was responsible for killing ten women and one man, dating back to 1985.
In the hours and days that have taken place since his arrest, detectives and "evidence technicians" (think CSI Los Angeles on CBS) have recovered literally thousands of items of evidence. Many of the items seized were photographs and videotapes, and these might serve as a "hint" of more than 100 more possible "victims."
LAPD investigators have assembled a huge group of images, photographs and videotapes from Franklin. They are pleading with the public, media, bloggers, webbies, and other law enforcement agencies to help provide information on the identities and whereabouts of those they think could be "possible victims" of Franklin.
Here is the situation with the photos...they depict the likeness of women or a unique feature and it is believed that some of the images are duplicate photos of some of the women. Investigators also believe that many, if not all of the women, had some form of contact with Franklin Jr. over the years.
Robbery Homicide Detective Dennis Kilcoyne said, "We have a responsibility to identify these women. They may be alive and well, but we need to be certain." I agree with Detective Kilcoyne. The PEOPLE of LOS ANGELES need to help our "Women and Men in Blue" with this criminal case.
I want ALL my readers who see this blog post to visit the Los Angeles Police Department website to see if you can help id any of the people in the photos. Visit www.LAPDonline.org.
BTW, the LAPD has one of the BEST websites of ANY law enforcement agency in America. Very useful tool, and you are only a "click" away to see what is happening in every nook and cranny in the City of Angels.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.