The Story Of The Grim Sleeper

During the summer of 1985 until 1988, a killing spree began in Southern Los Angeles. It all started when a woman reported that she was raped and shot, describing her killer as African American, aged mid-20s, a little under six feet, about 160lbs, well mannered, educated, pockmarked face and well kept. People were on the look out for the “Southside Slayer.”

As it turns out, the woman was explaining none other than Lonnie David Franklin Jr. After being arrested in 2010 for a crime he committed in 2002, he earned a new nickname: The Grim Sleeper. He earned this nickname because of the length between the crimes in 1988 and 2002.

Most of the victims were African American women (all but one). There is a suspicion that he did murder one African American male but not confirmed. Most of his victims were also sex workers and his victims were murdered by being shot with a .25 caliber gun.

He was finally arrested in 2010 due to new forensic evidence (DNA analysis). Although his DNA was not in the system, his son was convicted of a federal weapons charge and therefore was. They used this DNA to help find Franklin through familiar DNA matching.

The trial took a long time to get under way because the police were still trying to identify all of his victims and secure evidence from over 30 years ago leading to a very long pre-trial length.

His trial began in February 2016 and on May 5th, he was convicted of killing nine women and one teenage girl and one count of attempted murder.  On August 10th 2016 he was sentenced to death 10 times for each person he murder.

We still do not know what caused Franklin to start committing murders again after a 14-year hiatus. Nor are we sure that there were no murders done by him between 1988 and 2002.

You can watch a documentary to learn more about The Tales of The Grim Sleeper here:

Infamous Historical Figures

According to dictionary.com, to be famous means:

having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated:

So then what does it means to be infamous?

having an extremely bad reputation: deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable:

As we study throughout school and learn about history, we learn of two types of people – those who do good in the world (for example, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Gandhi) and those who do evil in the world (Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Sadam Hussein).

What makes these people infamous or evil is what they did – their crimes against humanity. These historical figures are taught to us in school because of their crimes which were (pardon the pun) enormous. Here’s our list of Infamous Historical Figures that people seem to forget were so incredibly evil:

1. Nero

Nero was the Roman Emperor from 54 to 86 AD. Nero suffered from mother issues as she controlled a lot of his life at an early age. This resentment towards his mother took Nero down a dark path and he arranged to have her murdered. He became extremely paranoid of anyone trying to take the power away from him and was even accused of raping and killing his half brother.

2. Pol Pot

Pol Pot was a communist leader of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. In those four short years, 1.5 million people, roughly 25% of the entire population died from overwork, disease, starvation and good old fashioned execution. With the goal of creating a peasant and classless society his regime targeted anyone intellectual.

3. Saddam Hussein

President of Iraq from 1973 to 2003. Over this 30 year reign there are numerous crimes to choose from that make him one of the most infamous despots, but here are some of his most noteworthy:

  • Kidnapped an entire village in response to his attempted assassination in 1982 including women and children
  • Afnal Campaign forcing the Kurdish out of Iraq resulting in the use of chemical warfare killing 5,000 men, women and children
  • Causing environmental disaster after ordering oil wells to be ignited during the Persian Gulf War
  • Order the murder of his relatives and other family members

Sometimes we think of evil as something that isn’t real. Something that is only fiction but as it turns out, in our own short history of mankind, there are some truly evil people.

Who are some of your favorite infamous historical figures?

Who Is The Serial Killer Larry Eyler?

Larry Eyler might not be roaming the streets any longer, but when he was young men and boys were in danger. Known as the Highway Killer and the Interstate Killer, his murderous spree crossed several state lines before he was finally apprehended.

Born in 1952, Eyler worked as a house painter and was active in the gay community. Some described him as being hot headed and violent. However, it is unlikely that most men saw the depth of his rage. When he died in 1994, it was due to AIDS rather than the penal system.

Larry Eyler told his attorney about the murders of more than a dozen men (which is why you need an estate plan), though she could not release the list until after his death. He had penned it in hopes of negotiating a plea deal.

It is believed that he was ashamed of his homosexuality as much as he enjoyed it. Unfortunately, he turned his rage and shame onto others, sometimes with force. While not convicted of rape itself, the murderer was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping in relation to some of his victims.

His murderous spree was much shorter than many others that you might have heard of. The almost two dozen murders committed by Eyler took place in 1982-1984. While he might have thought that traveling to new states would keep the heat off of him, that didn’t occur. Although Indianapolis authorities charged him with the death of Steven Agan in 1982, he was back on the streets thanks to a plea bargain.

Additional victims continued to be found by police in Kentucky and Indiana. In total, he murdered young men in five different states before being caught. He was a person of interest in some investigations, but authorities were having trouble actually tying him to any of the murders.

Although he attempted to sue the sheriff’s office for harassment and using psychological warfare to drive him crazy, the case was dismissed. Evidence they had collected during a vehicle search was not allowed in a case filed against him and detectives thought they were going to lose the case.

However, a skittish dog led to remains of one of his victims and his subsequent arrest and incarceration. While he identified an accomplice for at least four of his murders, the man was acquitted on all charges due to lack of evidence. Eyler died in 1994 having confessed more than 20 murders to his attorney.

Who Is The Serial Killer John Robinson?

When it comes to serial killers, John Robinson makes the list as one of the earliest to use the internet to lure his victims. Born in the early 1940s to a stern mother and an alcoholic father, he struggled to find his place in the world but failed to do so through academics.

However, that didn’t stop the con man from using falsified credentials to secure a decent job. He was arrested for embezzling money from the practice rather than a failure to do his duties properly. Although he attempted to act and interact with the community as an average citizen, that was simply not the case.

Though his first victim has not been found, investigators believe his employee Paula Godfrey fell prey to him in 1984. It appears that he found his next victim the following year while using an assumed name. A young mother in a shelter for abused women, she thought he was going to help her and her daughter. Instead, he forged paperwork and sold her daughter to his own brother, taking money from him for the effort. Lisa Stasi, the mother, was never seen nor heard from again. A third potential victim vanished after being hired by Robinson, but her case is still open.

Incarcerated from 1987 to 1993 for various fraud and related convictions, John Robinson stepped up his game by the time that he got out. In addition to luring the prison librarian to leave Missouri and return with him to Kansas, where she was never heard from again, he also began to cruise the web under the name of Slavemaster in search of new victims.

While the name might seem twisted, he used the dominant cover in the early BDSM chat rooms. After luring several victims to his farm, he began to make mistakes and eventually authorities were able to search his property due to allegations of theft.

What they found was a grisly discovery: two dead women. Missouri authorities then had probable cause to search a storage facility rented by Robinson where they found five additional bodies, bringing the total number of dead women to at least seven.

Considered by some to be the first internet killer, John Robinson sits on death row in Kansas. He is the first sentence upheld since the 1994 reinstatement of capital punishment in Kansas. It is feared by police that there are additional victims which have yet to be found, leaving this harrowing tale with potentially more to come.

3 Famous Serial Killers

In understanding human nature, it is important and perhaps necessary to look at the dark side of humanity. This allows us to understand the spectrum that people fall on and study why a certain person may commit atrocities. This is perhaps why we tend to have a fascination with serial killers. When it comes to studying these serial killers, there are always some whose reputation stands the test of time. Countless books have been written and documentaries made about the serial killers below, so read on to learn which are three of the most infamous serial killers to ever live.

The Zodiac Killer

The zodiac killer set the tone in terms of what we think of related to serial killers for cerebral and leave clues. There is often the idea that a serial killer actually wants to get caught or that they play a cat and mouse game with authorities. The zodiac killer exemplified this in spades, leaving puzzles, riddles, symbols and some of the most intricate traces at the scene of every crime. This is why this killer goes down as one of the most intriguing ever in New York State.

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy is one of the most infamous serial killers due to the fact that he took his monstrousness never before seen heights by actually performing sexual acts on his victims. He was a necrophile whose acts are considered some of the most darkest in terms of serial killing.

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper is a serial killer who lived in London in the 1800s and was infamous for killing several London prostitutes over a three-year span. He has had many imitators over the years and is one of the most deadly killers in London history.

If you are looking to research some of the most famous the real killers of all time, you watch this video from our friends at MoJo:

How Are The Kardashians connected to OJ Simpson?

The OJ Simpson Trial was literally the trial of the 21st century. But little do people know the mass media surrounding this trial is connected to the mass media that is now following around The Kardashians. Without this trial, the Kardashians wouldn’t require “keeping up with.” Let’s dive into these three points to get a better understanding of how this took place.

1. He was friends with and represented by Robert Kardashian

The first piece of the puzzle to understand is that O.J. Simpson was very good friends with Robert Kardashian. Robert was O.J.’s confidant and was a participant on the dream team legal defense team that was put together in order to represent him. Robert would eventually die, but the link between the families was what brought the Kardashian family to prominence in the eyes of America.

2. The Kardashians and the girls were friends with the family

In addition to Robert being friends with OJ, the Kardashian girls and wife were friends with O.J. Simpson and his family. There are many famous photographs from that period of time and the family was often interwoven into some of the storylines related to the case and the fascination with the Brentwood lifestyle.

3. OJ Simpson’s trial kicked off the reality craze

The craze of the O.J. Simpson case has lived forever, due to the fact that it literally started the reality TV sensation. You can find O.J. Simpson coverage on every channel in the early to mid-90s and reality giants were ever since. This not only changed television, it changed what people look for in terms of news and popular culture. Since the Kardashian family was an integral part of this craze, it is no accident that years later, they are also the standard of reality television.

10 Trials That Fascinated America

We stole this list from Mojo Jojo, who does a very good job of selecting a top 10. This is our precursor as we instead to go through each of these trails more in depth as continue to write more and more articles for this blog. There are some major accusations of cover-ups, biased media coverage, racial discrimination and so much for us to comment on.

10. Scott Peterson Trial
9. Mike Tyson Rape Trial
8. Clay Shaw Trial
7. Casey Anthony Murder Trial
6. Michael Jackson Molestation Trial
5. Marilyn Manson et al: LaBianca Tate Murder Trial
4. Impeachment of Bill Clinton
3. Timothy McVeigh: Oklahoma City Bombing Trial
2. Rodney King Trial
1. O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

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