Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Directed by Nick Broomfield
Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in July 2010 after a 25 year killing spree in which it is thought he could have killed over 100 victims, potentially making him the most prolific serial killer in history. Significantly, his arrest was not the product of painstaking detective work but completely accidental, the result of a computer DNA match that linked him to a possible 20 victims.
Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in July 2010 after a 25 year killing spree in which it is thought he could have killed over 100 victims.
Cast: Lonnie Franklin Jr., Chris Franklin
Thought there’d be more evidence and trial coverage, but it was mostly interviews with the women and friends. Not worth watching.
Much less widely publicized than other serial killers. The film absolutely highlights racial and socioeconimic disparities in the USA. Add to that, the longstanding history of racism, excessice force, and corruption within the LAPD, LASD, and local government. I appreciate that the filmmakers allowed the citizens to tell their own stories. However, overall, I was not impressed vy te
Agree with other reviewers that the detectives in this case did nothing to solve it, then patted themselves on the back when it dropped in their laps. Also, agree that if the victims had not been minority prostitutes, then it would have gotten a lot more attention. However, one thing that isn't mentioned is the black men's reactions to Lonnie's behavior. One guy admitted to torturing prostitutes with Lonnie and said it didn't bother him. Then two of his close friends made a joke and laughed about women not getting out of his van unless they were dead. This leads me to believe that the issue in America is multi-faceted, not just a police problem (although they probably have a majority blame in this case).
Scraping the bottom of the barrel when these detectives were hired. All of those detectives must have gotten their badges out of a crackerjack box. This was a blatant disregard for human life. A great investigation by the journalist.