Family Ties

Lonnie Franklin, Jr., who is currently on trial for allegedly being the serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, was linked to the murders by the Los Angeles Police Department through a familial DNA search. Back in 2010, Franklin's son, Christopher, had been convicted of a weapons charge and an analysis of his DNA sample threw up a red flag because of its similarity to the wanted serial killer's, leading officers to investigate the family.

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