Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Serial killer "Grim Sleeper" sentenced to death

Lonnie Franklin Jr.A serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" was sentenced to death Wednesday for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl that went unsolved for years as the body count grew in a poor section of Los Angeles haunted by the scourge of crack.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court after emotional family members of his victims spoke about the pain they had endured for decades. The killings occurred over more than two decades during the crack epidemic, and community members complained that police didn't seriously investigate because the victims were black, poor and many were drug users.
Prosecutors connected him to the crimes through DNA, ballistics, photos and the words of the sole known survivor, who managed to get away after being shot. A Polaroid photo of her bleeding from her wound was found in Franklin's garage.
"This defendant is completely irredeemable," the judge wrote in her sentencing brief. "He is a psychopathic, sadistic serial killer who takes joy in inflicting pain on women and killing them."