Debra, a waitress, was discovered shot in the chest three decades ago in an alley. The body of 25-year-old Janecia was found in a dumpster in 2007. There were at least eight other women. And one who got away.
They were young and black and leading troubled lives, some working as prostitutes. Most were killed along a corridor in the Manchester Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles.
Police kept the cases quiet -- a decision that later led to outrage over what seemed an apparent disregard for the victims as well as the community’s safety. The slayings were eventually linked to a serial killer, dubbed the Grim Sleeper.
When affable Lonnie Franklin Jr., a local backyard mechanic, was arrested in the case in 2010, it shocked residents but signaled a key moment in the search for justice for the victims in a region that has often felt marginalized when it comes to solving homicides.
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