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Map of Where Southland Strangler/Westside Rapist Hit

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Download a PDF of the map here | Provided by the LAPD
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The big news today about a serial killer wasn't the alleged identity of the Zodiac Killer or anything about the possibly-still-on-the-loose Grim Sleeper, but of the Southland Strangler, also known as the Westside Rapist, who would target elderly women, raped and kill them in the 70s and 80s. He was arrested last month and could be responsible for up to 30 murders.

DNA from five victims matched and eventually led police to John Floyd Thomas. But only after a new routine-for-sex-offenders DNA swab collected last year October (Thomas was convicted and imprisoned for rape in 1978). Once his sample was put into the state's database, things began to piece together for police. So today, the LAPD released this map showing of the LA area (does not include suspected cases in Claremont) the their confirmed cases and related cases likely to be the doing of Thomas.