Lonnie David Franklin

Grim Sleeper, Southside Slayer murders

  Active for 23 years
(1985-2007) in United States

10

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

25

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  1. Summary
  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 18 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 16 Books About Lonnie David Franklin
  14. 11 External References
  15. Internal References

Lonnie David Franklin (Lonnie David Franklin, Jr.) an American serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper. During his crime spree Franklin took an alleged 14-year hiatus from murdering between 1988 and 2002. Franklin shot and strangled his victims, mostly women, around South Los Angeles. Franklin committed at least one of the Southside Slayer murders, and Michael Hughes, Chester Turner, Daniel Lee Siebert, Louis Craine, and Ivan Hill committed at least one each. Lonnie David Franklin was convicted in 2016 and sentenced to death. In 2020, Lonnie David Franklin was found dead in his prison cell at the San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy however, but there were no signs of trauma.

Lonnie David Franklin Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Lonnie David Franklin (aka) Grim Sleeper, Southside Slayer murders, was active for 23 years between 1985-2007, known to have ( 10 confirmed / 25 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Lonnie David Franklin was born on August 30th 1952 in Los Angeles, county seat of Los Angeles County, California; second largest city in the United States by population. He was born 2nd of 3 children and raised by both parents. Franklin was raised as a middle child and had at least one brother an one sister, Otis and Patricia. His father, Lonnie David Franklin Sr., a longshoreman. His mother, Ruby Franklin, a former beauty-school student from Texas. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems.

Franklin a heterosexual African American male citizen of the United States of America. Franklin completed 11 years of school, no degree received. Franklin married. He had two children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse drugs.

In 1985 (Age 32/33) Lonnie David Franklin started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, and murder his victims. Lonnie David Franklin used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself in South Los Angeles working as a former garbage collector and a police garage attendant, where Franklin was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on July 7th 2010 (Age 57), convicted on August 10th 2016 (Age 63), sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US. Franklin was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Lonnie David Franklin died on March 28th 2020 (Age 67), cause of death: pending the results of an autopsy, but there were no signs of trauma at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US.

Profile Completeness: 90%
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Lonnie David Franklin has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 7 months ago.

Lonnie David Franklin a known:

Lonnie David Franklin
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2020-03-31 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Grim Sleeper
Nickname: Grim Sleeper, Southside Slayer murders
Victims: 10 - 25
Years Active: 1985 - 2007
Ages Active: 32/33 - 54/55
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1952 - 2020
Characteristics
Ethnic Group: African American
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Aug 23 - Sep 23
Birth Month: August
Marital Status: married
Children: two children
Living With: himself in South Los Angeles working as a former garbage collector and a police garage attendant
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Aug 30, 1952
Family Name: Franklin
Given Name: Lonnie
Birth Location: Los Angeles, county seat of Los Angeles County, California; second largest city in the United States by population
Birth Order: 2nd of 3
Siblings: at least one brother an one sister, Otis and Patricia
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: middle child
Mother: Ruby Franklin, a former beauty-school student from Texas
Father: Lonnie David Franklin Sr., a longshoreman

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 11 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
Arrested: Jul 7, 2010 (Age 57)
Convicted: Aug 10, 2016 (Age 63)
Sentence: death
Prison Location: San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: Mar 28, 2020 (Age 67)
Cause of Death: pending the results of an autopsy, but there were no signs of trauma
Death Location: San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
18 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Lonnie David Franklin

The 18 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Lonnie David Franklin. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Aug 30 1952Lonnie David Franklin was born in Los Angeles, county seat of Los Angeles County, California; second largest city in the United States by population.  #19520830
Jul 26 1971
(Age 18)
joined the U.S. Army #19710726
Location: Los Angeles, California, US

Lonnie David Franklin did his basic training at Fort Ord, in Monterey Bay. In January of 1972 he was deployed overseas and stationed with the 71st Air Defense Artillery at the Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany.

Aug 30 1972
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Jul 24 1975
(Age 22)
discharged from the U.S. Army #19750724
Location: Stuttgart, West Germany

Lonnie David Franklin was given a general discharge from the U.S. Army.

Aug 30 1982
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1985
(Age 32/33)
Lonnie David Franklin started his serial killing spree. #1985
Aug 30 1992
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Aug 30 2002
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
2007
(Age 54/55)
Lonnie David Franklin ended his serial killing spree. #2007
May 04 2010
(Age 57)
billboard composite sketches unveiled #20100504
Location: South Los Angeles, California, US

Los Angeles Councilman Bernard Parks unveiled six billboards in the South Los Angeles area featuring three composite sketches of the unidentified serial killer budded, the Grim Sleeper.

Jul 07 2010
(Age 57)
Lonnie David Franklin arrested. #20100707
Dec 16 2010
(Age 58)
photos of possible additional victims released #20101216
Location: Los Angeles, California, US

The Los Angeles Police Department released 180 photos of women found in Lonnie David Franklin's home stating they may be possible additional victims. In all, investigators found over 1,000 photos and several hundred hours of video in the home.

Aug 30 2012
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Feb 16 2016
(Age 63)
trial started #20160216
Location: a court in Los Angeles, California, US

Lonnie David Franklin trail starts, prosecution opens its case, noting pattern in slayings. Franklin was represented by Seymour Amster and the lead prosecutor was Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman.

May 05 2016
(Age 63)
convicted of 10 counts of murder #20160505
Location: a court in Los Angeles, California, US

A jury convicted Lonnie David Franklin of killing nine women and one teenage girl.

Jun 06 2016
(Age 63)
jury recommends death sentence #20160606
Location: a court in Los Angeles, California, US

A jury recommends the death sentence for Lonnie David Franklin.

Aug 10 2016
(Age 63)
Lonnie David Franklin was convictedand sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US.  #20160810
Mar 28 2020
(Age 67)
Lonnie David Franklindied.cause of death:pending the results of an autopsy, but there were no signs of traumaat San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US. #20200328
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Boolean Questions:
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Answered
problems in school TRUE 221
drug abuse TRUE 226
previous crimes TRUE 366
previous jail TRUE 351
previous prision TRUE 336
used weapon TRUE 452
used gun TRUE 450
rape TRUE 452
strangle TRUE 442
living with children FALSE 268
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
torture FALSE 425
stalk FALSE 417
blindfold FALSE 362
bound FALSE 405
sex with body FALSE 429
mutilated FALSE 446
ate part of body FALSE 450
drank blood FALSE 441
posed body FALSE 364
totem body part FALSE 364
totem personal item FALSE 353
robbed FALSE 417


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Grim Sleeper is the nickname for convicted serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., responsible for at least ten murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles, California. The attacker was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because he appeared to have taken a 14-year break from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002. In July 2010, Franklin was arrested as a suspect, and, after many delays, his trial began in February 2016.

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External References
  1. Q1546808 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  2. Grim Sleeper on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Lonnie David FRANKLIN Jr. on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  4. Grim Sleeper murder suspect taken into custody on www.lapdonline.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  5. Serial Murder Case Update Grim Sleeper on www.lapdonline.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  6. Grimsleeper on www.lapdonline.org, Retrieved on Oct 23, 2018.
  7. Christine Pelisek, Los Angeles Councilman Unveils Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Billboards on www.laweekly.com, Retrieved on Mar 16, 2020.
  8. James Queally, Marisa Gerber, Jurors vote for death sentence for Grim Sleeper serial killer on www.latimes.com, Retrieved on Mar 16, 2020.
  9. Scott Glover, Grim Sleeper trial: Prosecution opens its case, notes pattern in slayings on edition.cnn.com, Retrieved on Mar 16, 2020.
  10. Christine Pelisek, The Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Returns in Pelisek's New Book on www.laweekly.com, Retrieved on Mar 16, 2020.
  11. Hollie Silverman, Convicted serial killer known as the 'Grim Sleeper' found dead in prison cell on www.cnn.com, Retrieved on Mar 31, 2020.
Internal References

Lonnie David Franklin is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

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  2. #10 of 39[ Page 1 ] of Virgo Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #36 of 651[ Page 3 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  4. #68 of 327[ Page 5 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #81 of 250[ Page 6 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #96 of 307[ Page 7 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #141 of 651[ Page 10 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  8. #178 of 651[ Page 12 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  9. #184 of 651[ Page 13 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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