Within the last 25 years, Los Angeles’s Grim Sleeper serial killer has murdered at least 11 victims. And though the LAPD has a sample of his DNA and a description provided by a woman who survived an attack in 1988, the Grim Sleeper remains at large.
According the The Los Angeles Times, The Grim Sleeper’s most recent known victim was 25-year-old Janicia Peters, whose body was found stuffed in a trash bin in an alley. She was murdered in 2007. All of the known victims of the Grim Sleeper killer have been black women, and many of them were prostitutes who worked the mean streets surrounding Western Avenue in South Los Angeles.
But the LAPD is not giving up their search for the notorious Grim Sleeper serial killer. For the last couple of years, a team of seven investigators headed up by Detective Dennis Kilcoyne has been working exclusively on the Grim Sleeper case. To that end, they have released a recording of a 911 call, which was placed from a pay phone soon after a killing in 1987. The LAPD is hoping that the tape will inspire a witness or witnesses to come forward with pertinent information that will lead to the arrest of the Grim Sleeper serial killer.
On the tape, the anonymous caller can be heard saying that they would like to report a murder. The caller says that a man driving a white and blue Dodge van dumped a woman’s body onto the street and threw a gas tank on top of her. The caller notes that all he could see is the woman’s feet sticking out from under the gas tank. The caller was able to provide a license plate number, and the police tracked down the van shortly thereafter; it was parked in front of the Cosmopolitan Church on Normandie Avenue.
Cosmopolitan Church worshipers who were interviewed by the LAPD at the time (the church no longer exists), said that they used the van until 11:30 that night. Police were unable to ascertain who had access to the keys, however.
Throughout the years, a number of high-profile serial killers have terrorized Los Angeles. These include such homicidal maniacs as the Night Stalker and the Hillside Strangler. The press never fails to assign a moniker to such cases. The Grim Sleeper is so called because of the long time gaps between killings.
And police are hoping that the long period of time between the Grim Sleeper’s first murder and the public release of the aforementioned 911 tape will not diminish their chances of catching him.
1987 tape may hold clue to serial killer, Joel Rubin, February 25, 2009