Homicide

'Grim Sleeper' headed to death row, but mystery remains

  • FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2016, file photo, Lonnie Franklin Jr., a convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," is sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court. Franklin was sentenced to death for 10 Los Angeles murders that spanned decades, but one of the detectives in the case said he thinks they will continue to turn over new evidence against him. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2016, file photo, Lonnie Franklin Jr., a convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," is sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court. Franklin was sentenced to death for 10 Los Angeles murders that spanned decades, but one of the detectives in the case said he thinks they will continue to turn over new evidence against him. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • HFR FOR GRIM SLEEPER -- TENTATIVE STORY BY BRIAN MELLEY FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010, file photo, photographs found in the possession of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. are displayed at a police news conference in Los Angeles. When police arrested the man suspected of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings, they discovered a trove of photos and videos in his house that included some of his victims. Dozens of those faces remain unidentified, lending support to the idea that Lonnie Franklin Jr. left behind many more victims. Franklin is headed to death row for 10 murders, but one of the detectives in the case said he thinks they will continue to turn over new evidence against him. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    HFR FOR GRIM SLEEPER -- TENTATIVE STORY BY BRIAN MELLEY FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010, file photo, photographs found in the possession of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. are displayed at a police news conference in Los Angeles. When police arrested the man suspected of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings, they discovered a trove of photos and videos in his house that included some of his victims. Dozens of those faces remain unidentified, lending support to the idea that Lonnie Franklin Jr. left behind many more victims. Franklin is headed to death row for 10 murders, but one of the detectives in the case said he thinks they will continue to turn over new evidence against him. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)  (The Associated Press)

The death sentence of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer put to rest a case that spanned more than three decades, but it leaves another mystery wide open.

Police are still trying to identify 33 women whose snapshots were found in Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s home after his arrest.

Police and prosecutors say they suspect Franklin could have killed as many as 25 women, and those in the photos could be additional victims.

Franklin was sentenced to death Wednesday for murdering nine women and a teenage girl from 1985 to 2007.

When he was arrested in 2010, police discovered nearly 1,000 photos of women or teenage girls — many nude and some who appeared to be unconscious or dead — hidden in his house. The photos included snapshots of some victims.