Memorial honors victims of LA's 'Grim Sleeper'

Associated Press
Aug 10, 2010

Victims of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer are being honored with a photo memorial in South Los Angeles.

Pictures of 10 slain women were placed in front of Bethel AME Church on Tuesday—the 25th anniversary of the first killing.

Organizers say it's an attempt to humanize victims who have become little more than names with the passage of time.

People left flowers and candles and penned notes of consolation to the families on the photographs. Civic leaders also stopped by and an evening memorial service was planned.

Local mechanic Lonnie Franklin Jr. has been charged with murdering women in a series of attacks from 1985 to 2007. A 14-year gap between assaults led police to dub the mysterious killer the "Grim Sleeper."

Police say DNA evidence led them to arrest Franklin last month.