Lonnie Franklin Jr. was indicted last month for 10 killings that spanned more than two decades in South Los Angeles. Most of the 10 known homicide victims were prostitutes who worked an area just blocks from Franklin's home.
The suspect in the serial killings was dubbed the Grim Sleeper because police believed that there was a span in the 1990s where he took a break from killing. But now, police say once they piece the evidence together, it will show that the killings never actually stopped.
There was lots of work to do trying to put together 25 years of this man's life," said Los Angeles Police Department Det. Dennis Kilcoyne.
The LAPD says detectives are focusing on eight other women known to have had a connection to Franklin, based off evidence found at Franklin's home.
Six of the women are missing persons. They have been identified as:
- 18-year-old Ayellah Marshall, missing since February 2005
- 29-year-old Rolenia Morris, missing since September 2005
- 33-year-old Cathern or Catherine Davis, missing since June 1982
- 27-year-old Rosalind Giles, missing since January 1991
- 29-year-old Lisa Knox, missing since August 1993
- 37-year-old Anita Parker, missing since November 1988
Police say Franklin had the ID's of Marshall and Morris at his house.
The seventh possible victim is Inez Warren, the victim of an unsolved 1988 murder, and the eighth case is that of an unidentified woman. Investigators found her picture in a refrigerator where Franklin kept photos of other murder victims.
Franklin already faces 11 counts of murder from those previous cases. He is due back in court on June 1.