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Christine Pelisek

Credit: ILLUSTRATION BY JIMMY GIEGRICH

A Gruesome Beheading Complicates the Grim Sleeper Trial

In January, L.A. County Sheriff's deputies scoured the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park, seeking a murderer on the run, who had nearly decapitated Robert Brewer, a young traveling buff from Texas, who was found slain at a nondescript motel on South Vermont Avenue. After an unnerving week in which police......
Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

Grim Sleeper Suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. Pleads Not Guilty

The suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer pleaded not guilty this morning to the murders of 10 women and the attempted murder of another. Lonnie David Franklin Jr., a car mechanic with a long history of car theft, is charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder,......

L.A. City Pensioner Lonnie Franklin Jr.

UPDATE: A Lifetime movie featuring LA Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek explores the DNA-based manhunt for the alleged Grim Sleeper. Suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. is now in jail in L.A., where he is mounting an aggressive defense against charges that he murdered 10 women -- and where he enjoys regular visits......