On 7th July 2010, Lennie Franklin was charged with ten counts of murder and one attempted between 1985 and 2010. Ranging in ages from 14-36, all of which were shot or strangled. Soon after his arrest, the Los Angeles Police Department found photos of 180 missing women in his house.
Nick Broomfield's new documentary is not only about the murderer and his victims, but also the surviving community. Seemingly forgotten by society, less than 50% have graduated from high school. As they continue to paint a picture of the seemingly normal resident and friend, the bizarre cracks soon start to show. Separately, his odd quirks were all ignored and dismissed. But put them all together and it starts to paint a far more chilling picture.
Nick Broomfield is given an eye-opening
guided tour by a lady who not only knows the neighbourhood, but also the suspect and many of the missing girls.
Tales Of The Grim Sleeper is powerful, genuinely shocking and heartbreaking in equal measure. Both portrait of a madman and a broken neighbourhood, it will stay with you long after the end credits.
Review by: Sarah O'Connell
Review Date: 29th January 2015
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
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