New Drawings Released in “Grim Sleeper” Investigation

The Los Angeles Police Department released three composite drawings of the serial murderer known as "The Grim Sleeper." 

The subject is connected to 11 murders -- primarily in South LA. The murders began in 1985. 

The drawings are estimations of what the "Grim Sleeper" could look like today. The sketches are "aged" versions of the original 1988 drawing, which was based on information given by a surviving victim. 

Eight of the murders occurred between 1985 and 1988. Firearms and M-O then linked the suspect to additional murders occurring between 2002 and 2007. The suspect is referred to as the "Grim Sleeper" because of the apparent 13 year break between killing sprees. 

All of the victims were African American – and mostly women involved in prostitution or narcotics. Their bodies were typically found in alleys along the Western Corridor in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police believe the case is solvable because the suspect clearly was in the LA area for many years. They believe he has roots here -- friends or family that he interacted with regularly. Police are hopeful that the "aged" drawings may look familiar to someone.

A reward of up to $500,000 is being offered. 

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Robbery Homicide at 213-486-6830 during regular business hours. During off-hours calls may be directed to our 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "CRIMES" with a cell phone or log on to the LAPD website and click Web Tips.

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