The Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman states Mr. Franklin “is a psychopathic, sadistic serial killer who takes joy in inflicting pain on women and killing them.” Sitting motionless in court as the death verdict was read, one has to wonder whether this man has the ability to show emotion, even when faced with the prospect of his own death, or is he smarter than we think? Could he possibly know there are about 747 prisoners on death row in California presently, and as I have blogged before, it’s dubious any will actually be put to death due to the ‘constitutionality’ block of the death sentence in California. Is that why he sits motionless in court?
Case in point, Scott Peterson has been on death row for over 10 years. Most inmates will die from natural causes before their sentence is carried out. Such is the case with Sunset Serial Killer, Clark Bundy pictured in his San Quentin cell in 2015. Captured in 1983, he is now tired and old, but he is still very dangerous.
Back to Lonnie Franklin Jr. the Los Angeles serial killer of nine women and a young girl from the poorest areas of LA that was “haunted by the scourge of crack cocaine” during the double decades of his terror, reports AP writer, Brian Melley. He also writes, residents complained the investigations were less than sincere, “because the victims were black and poor and many were drug users and prostitutes.”
Remember the opening paragraph of the blog had this question, “is he smarter than we think?” Well, consider his occupation. He was a trash collector and a garage attendant for the Los Angeles Police. Here’s an observation. Start with his trash collector’s job. Were his victims killed in the same route? Was his route in the poor area of LA? However, his killing selections were calculated; poor, black women with a drug habit.
Next, he worked as a garage attendant for LAPD some time over those 2 decades mentioned. Ummmm. Do you think he might have overheard something about the investigations, or even had a small conversation with one of the officers? What a perfect foil. He placed himself right under their noses, so no one would suspect him. Twenty years is a long time to have a killing career. That puts his crimes between 1997 and 2007, his last known victim.
DNA was in its infancy, so he was banking on sloppy investigations, I guess. But it was DNA that finally convicted him. Not so smart after all. The first ‘genetic fingerprint’ DNA case was in Ventura, California in 1989. Finally, in 2007 a task force opened up the cold case files and connected Lonnie Franklin to the killings. It’s now 2016!
In closing, it is always a wonderment to people, “What makes a serial killer?” We’ve reviewed Clark Bundy, the Sunset Killer, and now Phoenix, AZ is being terrorized.
For some information on serial killers, this link gives some chilling statistics. The author claims – “it’s all in the handwriting.” Who knows? The author also states that profiling a serial killer is next to impossible; they are very intelligent, but handwriting may have some hope, she claims.
By Sharla Esparza