Jurors in the trial for Lonnie Franklin, the so-called “Grim Sleeper” who is accused of murdering ten women in Los Angeles, watched an intense 40-minute interrogation video taken hours after Franklin was arrested in 2010.
In the video, a detectives tells Franklin, “You need to man up and start talking to us and tell us what in God’s name caused you to do this.”
Franklin is a 63-year-old married father of two and former LAPD mechanic and city sanitation worker who authorities say murdered the alleged victims between 1984 and 2007.
Most of Franklin’s alleged victims were shot with a .25-caliber pistol while others were strangled. He was tied to the cases through DNA and ballistics evidence.
In the interrogation video, LAPD detectives placed on a table photos of the women that Franklin was accused of killing and asked him if he knew any of them.
Franklin repeatedly denied knowing and killing the women, but detectives told him that DNA evidence connected him to the crimes.
“We just didn’t pick your name out of a hat,” said LAPD detective Paul Coulter after Franklin denied knowing 25-year-old victim Janecia Peters. “You’ve never seen that girl before?”
“I know a lot of people, but I don t know her,” Franklin replied.
“You creep out, you pick up these ladies, you have sex with them, you kill them and then you dump their bodies in alleys all over the city of Los Angeles,” detective Dennis Kilcoyne told Franklin. “Your signature is on every one of these ladies. There is no denying it. You need to man up and start talking to us and tell us what in God’s name caused you to do this.”
Franklin didn’t budge.
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Kilcoyne later told Franklin they were speaking with the person the media had dubbed the “Grim Sleeper.”
“Here we are sitting here having a chat with the ‘Grim Sleeper,’ and that is Mr. Lonnie David Franklin Jr.,” Kilcoyne said.
“I’m sorry it is not,” Franklin replied.
Towards the end of the interview, Kilcoyne encouraged Franklin to admit to the killings so his victims’ families could find peace.
“I know you are a gentleman and you have a conscience and soul, and inside you have a problem and that problem has caused all of these tragedies to happen and along the way you left your mark,” Kilcoyne said.”You have to open up and tell us.”
“I don’t know any of these people,” Franklin responded. A few minutes later, he asked for an attorney.