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New Composite Sketches of L.A.'s Serial Killer Released

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Age progressed composites of the Grim Sleeper, who is thought to be 45 to 60 years old and 5'8" to 5'10" | Image via the LA Times
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Between 1985 and 2007, he's been linked to 11 murders--10 women, one man. The elusive Grim Sleeper came to detectives' attention in recent years when DNA connected a spat of murders in the 80s with a few in more recent years.

Last month, detectives released the original 1988 composite sketch, based on a description by the serial killer's known sole survivor. Today, they re-released that sketch (see top right) along with two age progressed ones (see top left two). A $500,000 reward is available to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

If you're unfamiliar with the case, LA Weekly broke the story in August of 2008. It begins: "For four years, police have known that a single madman is out there, a man whose audacity and sick good luck have made him the most enduring serial killer in California history and the longest-operating serial killer west of the Mississippi. In 1988, he stopped the slaughter for more than 13 years, then killed again in 2002 and 2003. L.A. Weekly has learned that he is actively murdering Angelenos again..." Chilling.