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'Grim Sleeper' murder photos being released

Detectives in Los Angeles are bracing for a flood of tips from the public as they prepare to release dozens of photographs of unidentified women that were found at the home of the suspected 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer.
Lonnie Franklin Jr., right, appears with his attorney Louisa Pensanti for an arraignment on multiple charges as the alleged 'Grim Sleeper' killer, on Aug. 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court. ((Nick Ut/Associated Press))

Detectives in Los Angeles were bracing for a flood of tips from the public as they prepared Thursday to release dozens of photographs of unidentified women that were found at the home of the suspected "Grim Sleeper" serial killer.

Investigators hope that members of public recognize some of the roughly 160 subjects in the photos, and let authorities know of their whereabouts.

"Now that we know who he is and what type of activity he is involved in with women, we are very concerned for everyone in these photographs," Detective Dennis Kilcoyne said. "We don't know what we are going to learn today."

Detectives found the photos, along with hundreds of hours of home video, when they searched Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s South Los Angeles home in July. The 180 or so photos depict about 160 women, since some women are shown in more than one photo.

Franklin has pleaded not guilty to the murders of 10 women from 1985 to 1988 and from 2002 to 2007. The apparent 14-year pause in the alleged crimes led to the nickname "Grim Sleeper," though detectives suspect Franklin could be involved in many other deaths.

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