Serial Killer Dubbed Grim Sleeper Dead at San Quentin Prison

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Lonnie Franklin Dies on Death Row at San Quentin

Lonnie David Franklin Jr., a convicted serial killer, died Saturday while on death row at San Quentin prison, according to the authorities.

Franklin, 67, dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” was found unresponsive in his cell and was pronounced dead at about 7:43 p.m.

The state Corrections Department stated that the cause of his death was not immediately clear, and there were no signs of trauma.

Franklin was convicted in 2016 for murders of nine women and a teenage girl in Los Angeles from 1985 to 2007. He was sentenced to death after a three-month trial. During the trial, Franklin was linked to 14 slayings, including four women he was not charged with killing.

Detectives believed that he may have killed more than 25 women. Most victims were shot dead at close range, though two were strangled, with their bodies being dumped and left to rot in alleys and trash bins.

California had not executed anyone from 2006, and inmates were far more likely to die of old age.