Death for ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. appears for an arraignment on multiple charges as the alleged Grim Sleeper killer in Los Angeles Superior Court.Image copyright

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Lonnie David Franklin Jr killed nine women and one teenage girl between 1985 and 2007

A former rubbish collector convicted of the “Grim Sleeper” serial murders in Los Angeles has been given the death sentence.

Lonnie David Franklin Jr killed nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007, before dumping their bodies, often in alleyways.

The sentence against the 63-year-old was decided by a jury. Franklin was convicted last month.

He will be formally sentenced at a later hearing.

Prosecutors said Franklin stalked vulnerable young black women before shooting or strangling them.

He began by targeting drug addicts during LA’s crack cocaine epidemic.

He was also convicted of the attempted murder of an 11th victim who survived being shot, raped, and pushed out of a car in 1988.

He was dubbed the Grim Sleeper because of an apparent 14-year gap in attacks after that incident.

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