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New Billboard Ads Show Composite Sketches of L.A. Serial Killer, the 'Grim Sleeper'

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Photo via Office of Councilman Bernard Parks


Photo via Office of Councilman Bernard Parks
Close to 25 years after the first of eleven confirmed murders by the elusive Grim Sleeper, a major public awareness campaign was launched today in South L.A. Seven billboards now feature three composite sketches of the serial killer. Based on the description from the only known survivor, the images reflect what he looked like then and the LAPD's best guess at what he could look like today.

"If anyone has any information, no matter how unimportant or insignificant it may seem, I encourage you to contact LAPD and let them check it out," Councilmember and former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks said at press conference this morning.

Beginning August 10, 1985 and continuing through 2007, the Grim Sleeper has killed at least 10 women and one man. It was only in 2008 when the public learned of the serial killer, thanks to an article in the LA Weekly.

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Billboards donated by Clear Channel went up two years ago showing photos of the victims, but this will the first time the sketches will be seen by a wide audience on a daily basis.

The city of Los Angeles is offering the highest reward--$500,000--it has ever offered for information leading to the aprehension, arrest, and conviction of the suspect.

The seven billboards are located in the proximity of Western and Imperial Highway, Figueroa and 59th, Century and Western, Florence and Raymond, Manchester and Hoover, Western and 91st and Firestone and Zamora. Additionally, two digital billboards will display the public service at along the 91 Freeway at the Alameda and Wilmington exits.