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Grim Sleeper murders: $550K reward

May 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles Police Department renewed a record $500,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Grim Sleeper, who killed 11 people and attacked a woman.The city council first approved the record reward last year and Wednesday approved an additional $50,000, hoping it leads to a break in the long-running case.

The case was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because the killer took a 13-year break before resuming his horrible killing spree.

DNA tests and ballistics matching have linked the Grim Sleeper to the murder of 10 women and one man in Los Angeles and Inglewood.

The sole survivor and eyewitness is Enietra Margette, who described an orange Pinto or Pinto-like car.

Other compelling evidence includes a call to police on January 10, 1987. A man called from a pay phone to report he'd seen a man remove a woman's body from a blue and white 1976 Dodge van. Detectives later found the van at the now defunct Cosmopolitan Church, 6075 S. Normandie Avenue.

The Grim Sleeper killed nine people from 1985 to 1988, stopped for 13 years, then killed again in 2002 and 2004. He stopped and killed again on New Year's Day in 2007.

All the victims were African-American.

Serial killer task force members say they have the Grim Sleeper's DNA and it is just a matter of time before they identify him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD at (877) LAPD-24-7.


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