The man known as the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer, who eluded capture while prowling South Los Angeles in search of victims for over two decades, is expected to be sentenced to death on Wednesday, reports the Los Angeles Times. The court proceedings will give relatives of Lonnie David Franklin Jr.’s victims a chance to tell the court about the impact of the killings, which spanned from 1985 to 2007. In some of the cases, the fathers and mothers of victims died not knowing who was responsible.
Franklin, 63, was convicted earlier this year of killing 10 females, but detectives believe he may have killed at least 25 women. The killer, one of California’s most prolific, targeted victims who were generally young, vulnerable and, at times, ignored. The attacks failed to raise alarms the way other famous serial slayings by killers such as the Hillside Strangler or the Nightstalker did. But the Grim Sleeper proved to be the most persistent. He targeted women who were drug addicts or prostitutes, and often dumped their naked bodies alongside roads or in the trash. The deaths drew little, if any, media attention.