Tales of the Grim Sleeper
On July 7, 2010, Lonnie Franklin was arrested as a suspect in the "Grim Sleeper" murders, which took place in South Central Los Angeles from 1985 to 2007. His arrest was not the product of painstaking detective work, but the accidental result of a computer DNA match linking him to a possible 20 victims. Franklin's trial was recently postponed until Dec. 15.
An official selection of the 2014 Telluride, Toronto, and New York film festivals, Tales of the Grim Sleeper visits the neighborhood where the crimes occurred, following director Nick Broomfield (HBO's Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Cinemax's Kurt & Courtney) as he explores how these killings could go unsolved for so many years, conveying a sense of grave injustice that extends far beyond the case.
Tales of the Grim Sleeper gives voice to a neglected community that has survived despite the odds, featuring candid interviews with people who knew Franklin and his alleged victims. The film underscores the community's turbulent relationship with law enforcement.
Activists featured in the documentary may participate in a post-movie discussion. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the victims' memorial fund.
Running time: 110 minutes
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