Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Broomfield ... Self - also narrator
Lonnie David Franklin Jr. Lonnie David Franklin Jr. ... Self - 'Grim Sleeper' (as Lonnie Franklin)
Donna Donna ... Self - Lonnie Franklin's neighbour
Steve Steve ... Self - Lonnie Franklin's friend
Gary Gary ... Self - Lonnie Franklin's friend
Richard Richard ... Self - Lonnie Franklin's friend
Seymour Amster Seymour Amster ... Self - Lonnie Franklin's defense attorney
Laverne Peters Laverne Peters ... Self - mother of murder victim Janecia Peters
Margaret Prescod Margaret Prescod ... Self - founder of Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders
Pam Brooks Pam Brooks ... Self (as Pamela Brooks)
Diana Ware Diana Ware ... Self - stepmother to 1987 murder victim Barbara Ware
Liz Liz ... Self - friend of Pamela Brooks
DelaShawn DelaShawn ... Self - Chris Franklin's former girlfriend
Jerry Jerry ... Self - Lonnie Franklin's mechanic
Nana Gyamfi Nana Gyamfi ... Self - lawyer, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders


Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

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Lonnie Franklin was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m on March 28, 2020. There were no signs of trauma, but cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy. See more »


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So many underlying issues left unsaid.
5 April 2019 | by jecalSee all my reviews

I would like to know why some of the members of the community, who were so articulate and vocal about the LAPD and their lack of interest in this case, were not just as vocal towards some of the men we met in their own community, who clearly had associated and collaborated with Lonnie and treated vulnerable women like garbage. I feel the community where Lonnie lived should have taken some of the responsibility too. How can so many women go missing? What does that say about the community? What does this say about how these "friends" of Lonnie feel about the women in their community? It's not just police gross incompetence, it's members of a community that appeared to look the other way or ignore what was happening right under their own noses and not just about the murders either.

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales of the Grim Sleeper See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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South Central Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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