The Grim Sleeper's house

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The Grim Sleeper's house

This is the former home of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., aka the Grim Sleeper.

It is located at 1728 West 81st Street in Los Angeles, California.

Franklin lived at this house until his arrest in July 2010.

The serial killer murdered at least 10 women between 1984 and 2007. He is also suspected of being responsible for the deaths of 15 more.

He was nicknamed the Grim Sleeper because he seemingly went dormant between 1988 and 2002. Before this hiatus, he was known as the Southside Slayer.

Investigators identified Franklin as a suspect after saliva samples taken from the victims' bodies proved to be a familial DNA match with his son.

One year prior to the match, his son, Christopher, had been arrested for possessing a weapon. This resulted in his DNA being entered into the system.

Upon realizing that they finally had a suspect in the case, the LAPD put Franklin under surveillance.

Three days later, detectives followed him to John's Incredible Pizza in Buena Park, where he was attending a child's birthday party.

Realizing they had an opportunity to collect a DNA sample from him, one of the officers went inside and posed as a waiter.

Once everyone at the party had finished eating, the "waiter" retrieved Franklin's fork, napkin, and glass, as well as a leftover pizza crust.

The saliva on these items proved to be an exact match with the Grim Sleeper's DNA.

On July 7th, 2010, the police arrested Franklin and charged him with 10 counts of murder. During a search of his house, they uncovered hundreds of photographs of women, some of whom seemed unconscious or deceased. They also found two of his victims' ID cards in his garage.

In 2016, Franklin was found guilty of 10 murders and sentenced to death. Four years later, he died in prison at the age of 67.

The cause of death has never been released to the public.

Lonnie Franklin house address

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


1728 West 81st Street, Los Angeles, California, CA 90047, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the house are:

33.965274, -118.307882


The house is situated in the Manchester Square neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. It is 120 yards east of the intersection between 81st Street and South Western Avenue.


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1728 West 81st Street

1728 West 81st Street

This Google Street View image of 1728 West 81st Street was taken in February 2020.

These days, the property belongs to a music recording studio called Lupercio Studios.

The house, which was built in 1928, has three bedrooms and is 1,770 square feet in size. It was last sold in 2019 for $525,000.

The Grim Sleeper was a married man with two children.

In 1974, he was discharged from the US Army after he took part in the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in West Germany.

Franklin started killing at the age of 32.

During his killing spree, he shot his victims, sexually assaulted them, and then dumped their bodies in alleyways in South Central Los Angeles. He also kept photographs of his victims as trophies.

Franklin's first known murder occurred on January 15th, 1984, while his last victim was killed in January 2007.

Grim Sleeper victims

Grim Sleeper victims

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was convicted of murdering ten women.

The victims in the top row of the image are Debra Ronette Jackson (29), Henrietta Wright (34), Barbara Bethune Ware (23), Bernita Rochelle Sparks (26), and Mary Katherine Lowe (26).

The victims on the bottom are Lachrica Denise Jefferson (22), Alicia Monique Alexander (18), Princess Cheyanne Berthomieux (15), Valerie Louise McCorvey (35), and Janecia Lavette Peters (25).

Like many serial killers, Franklin preyed on sex workers and women with drug addictions, many of whom were found callously dumped in alleyways near his home in Manchester Square.

Rolenia Morris and Ayellah Marshall

Rolenia Morris and Ayellah Marshall

Rolenia Morris and Ayellah Gbo Dzata Marshall are also presumed to be victims of the Grim Sleeper. However, their remains have never been found.

Investigators discovered their ID cards in a refrigerator in Franklin's garage. They also found explicit photographs of Morris.

Marshall was last seen on February 1st, 2005, while Morris disappeared on September 10th, 2005.

Both women are still listed as missing.

Franklin's house is searched


Following Franklin's arrest, investigators combed his house on West 81st Street for evidence.


Grim Sleeper photographs victims

In December 2010, the LAPD released 180 photographs that they found at the property. In 2016, it was reported that investigators had managed to identify 133 of the women.

Roughly 30 of these women have yet to be identified. If you think that you might know one of these people, please call the LAPD's anonymous tip line at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

Enietra Margette Washington

Enietra Margette Washington

Enietra Margette Washington is the only known survivor of the Grim Sleeper.

On November 20th, 1988, she was walking to her friend's house when she noticed an orange Ford Pinto parked beside the D&S Market at 9069 Normandie Avenue.

As she was walking by, Franklin, who had a "geeky" appearance, asked her if she wanted a ride.

Although she initially said no, she eventually agreed to get into the vehicle after the pair engaged in some playful banter. At the time, she believed that the man looked "too neat" to be dangerous.

However, during the journey, Franklin's mood suddenly changed, and he proceeded to initiate an argument with Washington.

He also started calling her by someone else's name.

As the pair were arguing, he suddenly pulled out a pistol and shot Washington in the chest. For a while, she sat there dazed and confused before eventually passing out.

While she was unconscious, the "geeky" and neatly dressed man sexually assaulted her and snapped photographs.

During the attack, she was awakened by the bright flash of a camera.

Despite being beaten and left for dead on the side of the street, Washington somehow managed to climb to her feet and stumble back to her friend's house.

She was then rushed to the hospital, where doctors were able to save her life.

Coordinates: 33.954400, -118.300432

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This Google Street View image of Lonnie Franklin's former house was captured in April 2022.

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