LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted of 10 murders and one attempted murder in the serial killings that were dubbed the work of the “Grim Sleeper” because of a 14-year gap in slayings that spanned two decades in South Los Angeles and targeted vulnerable young Black women in the inner city.
(Top left clockwise) Debra Jackson, 29; Henrietta Wright, 34; Barbara Ware, 23; Bernita Sparks, 26; Mary Lowe, 26; Lachrica Jefferson, 22; Alicia Alexander, 18; Princess Berthomieux, 15; Valerie McCorvey, 35; Janecia Peters, 25. (AP Photos)
Franklin was found guilty of killing:
— Debra Jackson, 29, was shot three times in the chest and her body was found under a carpet remnant in an alley on Aug. 10, 1985.
— Henrietta Wright, 34, was shot twice in the chest and found in an alley under a green blanket with a gag stuffed in her mouth on Aug. 12, 1986.
— Barbara Ware, 23, was shot once in the chest and found under a pile of garbage and a gas tank in an alley on Jan. 10, 1987.
— Bernita Sparks, 26, was shot once in the chest and found in a trash bin with her shirt and pants unbuttoned and one shoe off on April 15, 1987.
— Mary Lowe, 26, was shot in the chest and beaten. Her body was found behind a large shrub in an alley with her pants unzipped and panties missing on Nov. 1, 1987.
— Lachrica Jefferson, 22, was shot through the heart and found under a mattress in an alley on Jan. 30, 1988, with a napkin over her face that had the word “AIDS” written on it.
— Alicia Alexander, 18, was shot and strangled and found naked under a blue foam mattress in an alley on Sept. 11, 1988.
— Princess Berthomieux, 15, was strangled and discovered naked and hidden in a bush in an Inglewood alley on March 9, 2002.
— Valerie McCorvey, 35, was strangled and found with her pants pulled down at the entrance to an alley on July 11, 2003.
— Janecia Peters, 25, was shot in the back and strangled. Her naked body was found in a trash bag in a trash bin on Jan. 1, 2007, in the same alley where Sparks’ body was found 20 years earlier.