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Serial killer dubbed 'Grim Sleeper' dies in California prison

Serial killer dubbed 'Grim Sleeper' dies in California prison
Posted at 12:05 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 15:05:31-04

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Lonnie Franklin, the convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" who preyed on the women of South Los Angeles for decades, has died in a California prison. He was 67.

Corrections officials said Franklin was found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison on Saturday evening.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death; however, a corrections spokeswoman said there were no signs of trauma.

Franklin had been on death row since August 2016 for the deaths of nine women and a teenage girl.

Franklin was linked at trial to 14 slayings, including four women he wasn't charged with killing.

Police have said he may have had as many as 25 victims.