Apr 27 2015

Tales of the Grim Sleeper: A Documentary of How a Serial Killer Terrorized a South LA Community

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GUESTS: Nick Broomfield the award winning film maker of ‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper.’ And, Margaret Prescod, founder of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, and host of Sojourner Truth radio which airs on KPFK, Pacifica Radio every Tuesday through Friday at 7 am.

*This story was originally broadcast on Uprising with Sonali on 12/12/2014.

Los Angeles in the 1980s and 90s, was an epicenter of violence and drugs. The worst impacted part of the city was South Los Angeles, where a spate of murders of mostly young black women went unsolved for decades. And then, four years ago, a man by the name of Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in connection to the murders of a number of women who were shot with a .25 mm gun. Franklin was picked up after DNA from one of his relatives linked him to saliva on the bodies of victims. The women, aged 14 to 36, were only a small number of women who are still missing. Some of them, but not all, were sex workers.

The story of the murders, the man who may have been behind them, and the city where it all happened, forms the basis of a new documentary called Tales of the Grim Sleeper by Nick Broomfield. Dubbed by journalists following the story, the Grim Sleeper was so named because it was thought that the killer took a break of 13-14 years from killing before starting up again in 2002.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper was shortlisted for the Academy Awards’ Best Documentary nominations and was picked up by HBO Documentaries. HBO will start airing the film on its channel today.

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