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Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

TV-MA | | Documentary, Crime | 30 January 2015 (UK)
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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 ... Himself, also narrator
Lonnie David Franklin Jr. Lonnie David Franklin Jr. ... Himself - 'Grim Sleeper' (as Lonnie Franklin)
Donna Donna ... Herself, Lonnie Franklin's neighbour
Steve Steve ... Himself, Lonnie Franklin's friend
Gary Gary ... Himself, Lonnie Franklin's friend
Richard Richard ... Himself, Lonnie Franklin's friend
Seymour Amster Seymour Amster ... Himself, Lonnie Franklin's defense attorney
Laverne Peters Laverne Peters ... Herself, mother of murder victim Janecia Peters
Margaret Prescod Margaret Prescod ... Herself, founder of Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders
Pam Brooks Pam Brooks ... Herself (as Pamela Brooks)
Diana Ware Diana Ware ... Herself, stepmother to 1987 murder victim Barbara Ware
Liz Liz ... Herself, friend of Pamela Brooks
DelaShawn DelaShawn ... Herself, Chris Franklin's former girlfriend
Jerry Jerry ... Himself, Lonnie Franklin's mechanic
Nana Gyamfi Nana Gyamfi ... Herself, 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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Documentary | Crime



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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fortællinger om en seriemorder See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Typical Broomfield film
20 August 2016 | by Seth_Rogue_OneSee all my reviews

You have to watch anything by Nick Broomfield with a grain of salt, never forget that this is the guy who made 'BIGGIE & TUPAC (2004)' which made almost everyone think that Suge Knight was the guy who had Tupac killed.

Which is something that today most people have changed their minds about, and people from said documentary have since come out with stories of manipulative tactics he uses to get to people to more or less say what he want them to.

Anyway he does what he usually does here, takes a camera team around the areas that were affected and start looking for people to interview on the spot.

Runs across some people that knew the 'grim sleeper' or just knew of him and asks them questions. With a lot of driving around and discussions that stray far away from the actual documentary subject at times.

One thing that struck me as weird was how many people that actually did know him (yes he actually eventually found some that did) would initially start off as saying how he seemed normal and was a good guy and then mention things about him that would suggest otherwise.

Like the ex girlfriend of Lonnie's son who initially said that 'Lonnie and his wife seemed like a normal couple, whatever I wanted I could depend on him to fix' to 3 minutes later be talking about how she could sense that he was listening to her and his son having sex and how he was a perv etc etc.

And his best buddies who'd swear that he was a good guy and that they couldn't believe the charges towards him to eventually started talking about how he'd torture prostitutes with vivid descriptions.

Like okay, do you have any sort of concept of what a 'good guy' and a 'normal' guy is or did you just change your story because Nick Broomfield wanted something juicy to put in his film and he was offering you extra money for it?

So yeah it's hard not to put on a suspicious eye here, I'm not saying that the man accused of being the 'grim sleeper' is innocent I don't think he is, but it's hard to know for sure when things get fishy like that. It is possible I suppose that even if they did get paid more for juicy stories (and Broomfield is known for paying the people he interviews) that those stories still are true.

Goes on a little too long as well.

But still decent enough to watch once.

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