The holiday season is a time for giving, and the LAPD hopes you can give back by providing them with the greatest gift of all: the names and identities of about 160 women who they believe had contact with the suspected notorious serial killer, the “Grim Sleeper.”
On Dec. 16, 2010, investigators made the decision to go public with the images – culled from both still photographs and videotapes -- so they can learn about the women’s contact with the suspect.
On July 8, 2010, 57-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was arrested for a series of murders dating back to 1985. Cops say they’ve linked Franklin to the slayings of 10 women and one man – though there could be more, depending on what information they learn about the women in these photographs.
In a statement released to the press, the LAPD “cares about the welfare of these women and is hoping both the public and other law enforcement agencies will be able to provide information on their identities and whereabouts.”
According to the statement, “the images depict the likeness of women or a unique feature.” Cops believe that some of the photos may show the same women, but they can’t be certain. “We have a responsibility to identify these women. They may be alive and well, but we need to be certain,” says Detective Dennis Kilcoyne of the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division.
Though their suspect is in custody, the fate of these women has yet to be determined, and cops need you to help bring closure to all parties involved. If you know anything about the women seen in these photographs, you’ve got to call our Hotline right away at 1-800-CRIME-TV. You can remain anonymous.