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Familial DNA Testing Scores a Win in Serial Killer Case

Science  16 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5989, pp. 262
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5989.262

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A quarter-century of conventional detective work failed to track down the killer responsible for the deaths of at least 10 young women in south Los Angeles dating back to the mid-1980s. But a discarded piece of pizza and a relatively new method of DNA testing have finally cracked the case, police announced last week. On 7 July, L.A. police arrested Lonnie Franklin Jr., 57, a former garage attendant and sanitation worker they suspect is the serial killer nicknamed the "Grim Sleeper."