When his [Franklin’s son] DNA was entered into the database of convicted felons, detectives were alerted to a partial match to evidence found at the "Grim Sleeper" crime scenes,” (ABCNEWS).
It took several weeks of undercover police work to officially determine Lonnie Franklin was the probable culprit in the family. Even after all that on July 5th, 2010, to simply confirm LAPD detectives keeping tabs on Franklin ‘worked’ at a restaurant called John 's Incredible Pizza for a few hours to collect napkins, glasses, a fork, and a partially-eaten slice of pizza from Franklin. “DNA evidence from these items clinched the cops ' case, and two days later they arrested Franklin,” (Fox, 2016).
While it’s wonderful that officers finally detained Franklin after more than two decades, the LAPD came under a lot a scrutiny for how long it took to detain the nefarious Grim Sleeper and the way they went about doing it; not to mention the fact that he slipped through the cracks and would’ve been caught earlier had DNA testing been required when he was convicted of a felony and serving three years of …show more content…
In fact many in the public found out from the LA Times (who found an anonymous source in the LAPD), rather than an actual police statement coming out to inform the general public. It’s said that because the Grim Sleeper went on more than a ten year hiatus (after one of his victims lived through the horrors of being sexually assaulted, shot, and thrown out of a car) the police figured he’d stopped and it had simply become another cold case, thus people had little reason to worry anymore. That, and it was back in a time where racism was present and the death of a few black women was ‘less important’ and