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‘Grim Sleeper' serial killer dies on death row in California

Added 03-30-20 12:18:02pm EST - “A condemned serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" who murdered nine women and a teenage girl in Los Angeles has died in prison, corrections officials said. Lonnie D. Franklin Jr., who passed aw?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer dies on death row in California”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A condemned serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” who murdered nine women and a teenage girl in Los Angeles has died in prison, corrections officials said.

Lonnie D. Franklin Jr., who passed away Saturday at San Quentin State Prison after being sentenced to death in 2016, was linked to 14 slayings during his trial and detectives believe he may have killed as many as 25 victims throughout more than two decades.

“Franklin was found unresponsive in his single cell on March 28 at about 7:20 p.m.,” prison officials said in a statement. “Medical assistance was rendered and an ambulance was summoned. Franklin was pronounced deceased at 7:43 a.m.”

Franklin’s cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, but there were no signs of trauma, prison officials said.

Franklin — dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” due to an apparent 14-year hiatus between killings from 1985 to 2007 — targeted women who abused drugs or worked as prostitutes during the crack cocaine epidemic. He often dumped their bodies on roadways or in the trash, but the slayings attracted little media attention, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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