LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department released 180 photos taken from stills and video found in the home of Lonnie Franklin Jr., the suspect in the "Grim Sleeper" murders.
Franklin has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and murder in the deaths of 10 women in the Los Angeles area, but Los Angeles Police investigators believe that he may be responsible for many more and are asking for the public's help in identifying the women in the pictures.
Detectives found almost 1,000 photos and hundreds of hours of home
video of showing women, almost all of them partly or completely nude
and striking sexually graphic poses.
Detectives attempted to identify the women in the pictures but after months of investigation the department decided to go public with a selection of the images in the hopes that someone will recognize them and contact the authorities.
Franklin is accused of killing the women from 1985 to 1988 and from 2002 to 2007. The 14-year pause led to the nickname "Grim Sleeper."
Police also have said they suspect Franklin of killing a man who may have discovered he was a killer. Investigators were reviewing more than 30 other cold case files to see if they can tie Franklin to other slayings.
Anyone with information about the women in the photographs is asked to call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.