Lonnie Franklin county jail letter

Lonnie Franklin county jail letter

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Grim Sleeper is the nickname for convicted serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., responsible for at least ten murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles, California. The attacker was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because he appeared to have taken a 14-year break from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002. 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.On June 6, 2016, the jury recommended the death sentence, and on August 10, 2016, Los Angeles Superior Court sentenced him to death for each of the ten victims named in the verdict.

The known killings began in 1985 in South Los Angeles. The "Grim Sleeper" apparently took a 14-year hiatus after his last known crime in 1988 and the murders that resumed in 2002 (leading to the epithet by which he is known), but this history may be only an accident of the evidence collected. The last confirmed slaying was in January 2007. All of his victims were found outdoors, often in alleys a short distance from downtown Los Angeles.

All but one of his victims were black women. One of his suspected victims was a black man. Many of his victims were sex workers. One witness recalls that Franklin frequently brought sex workers into his home. He shot all of his victims with a .25 caliber gun. Franklin took many photographs of nude women and kept the records in his garage.

The Grim Sleeper's victims are as follows:

NumberNameSexAgeBody foundNeighborhood

1Debra JacksonF29August 10, 1985Vermont-Slauson, Los Angeles

2Henrietta WrightF34August 12, 1986Hyde Park, Los Angeles

3Thomas Steele ‡M36August 14, 1986Harvard Park, Los Angeles

4Barbara WareF23January 10, 1987Central-Alameda, Los Angeles

5Bernita SparksF26April 15, 1987Gramercy Park, Los Angeles

6Mary LoweF26November 1, 1987Gramercy Park, Los Angeles

7Lachrica JeffersonF22January 30, 1988Westmont, Los Angeles County

8Alice "Monique" AlexanderF18September 11, 1988Vermont Square, Los Angeles

9Enietra "Margette" Washington‡‡F30SurvivedGramercy Park, Los Angeles

10Princess BerthomieuxF15March 19, 2002Inglewood, California

11Valerie McCorveyF35July 11, 2003Westmont, Los Angeles County

12Janecia PetersF25January 1, 2007Gramercy Park, Los Angeles

‡ One of the Grim Sleeper's suspected victims, although there is no DNA evidence to support the accusation. Police said that the male victim, Thomas Steele, possibly was a friend of another victim or had discovered the killer's identity.
‡‡ Enietra "Margette" was told to use her middle name as her last name for her protection, but has since come forward as Enietra Margette Washington. Attacked on November 20, 1988, she is the only known survivor.

The letter and envelope are both handwritten. The letter was written in county jail. The letter is signed, Lonnie.

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