The "Grim Sleeper" trial begins this week

The "Grim Sleeper" trial begins this week

One of LA's most notorious serial killers

The high-profile trial for the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer began this week in Los Angeles. Lonnie Franklin, Jr. is accused of having sexually assaulted and murdered 10 women in the Manchester Square neighborhood of Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007.

At the time, South Los Angeles was ravaged by the crack cocaine epidemic. The Grim Sleeper abducted and killed drug-addicted women who were working the streets to pay for their crack addiction. He murdered them, then dumped their bodies "like trash."

Dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because of the 14-year period when he went dormant in that area, Franklin's arrest in 2010 stunned his family and neighbors, who described the former LAPD garage attendant and city garbage collector as being friendly and affable.

DNA evidence taken from his 28 year-old son after a felony gun charge eventually lit up as a familial match for DNA found on the bodies of the victims decades earlier. Police immediately put Franklin on 24-hour surveillance. When he left a pizzeria, an officer posing as a busboy confiscated his cups, utensils, and a partially-eaten slice of pizza. The fresh DNA was a match.

Upon searching his home, police found over 800 items of evidence, including guns which matched ballistics tests for the weapons used on his victims, and photographs of the victims hidden in a refrigerator.

Still no word on what might have caused the long lapse in Franklin's murders between 1988 and 2002. However, in addition to photos of the Grim Sleeper's 10 victims, police also found photos of over 1,000 other women in Franklin's home. Are they also Franklin's victims? Most of the women are young and black, many of them are nude, and many appear to be unconscious.

Police have released the photos in the hopes that the public may recognize some of the women.