CNN reports today on the investigation by Los Angeles police of the Grim Sleeper serial killer who has killed mostly African American women in South Los Angeles since 1985. Dubbed the Grim Sleeper by the LA Weekly because of his 13-year break between killings, he is the longest operating serial killer west of the Mississippi.

The Multimedia report, called “Join the Search for the Grim Sleeper” asks readers to follow the interactive trail of the killer from his first known slaying in 1985 when the body of Debra Jackson was discovered on a warm August evening to his last known victim, 25-year-old Janecia Peters who was found in a garbage dump off of Western Avenue on January 1, 2007.

The site contains maps, photos of the victims, interviews by victim's family members, connections between the victims, theories by Dennis Kilcoyne, the supervisor of the serial killer task force for the Los Angeles Police Department, and FBI profiler Pat Brown who told CNN that the Grim Sleeper may be a John who frequented South Los Angeles. “The women who go with him come back alive most of the time, so they won't think of him when someone turns up dead.”

The CNN reporters also interviewed former LAPD Chief Bernard Park, whose district encompasses the kill zone, and radio personality Margaret Prescod, who started the Black Coalition for Black Serial Murders in 1986 after police told the neighborhood that several women had been slain.

Last month, the LA Weekly interviewed the only known survivor of the Grim Sleeper serial killer.

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