Set Your DVR’s for HBO’s Serial Killer Doc ‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’

Lonnie Franklin of "Tales of the Grim Sleeper"
Lonnie Franklin of “Tales of the Grim Sleeper”

In March, I reported on “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” from the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. Read that article here.

It’s a disturbing documentary about Lonnie Franklin, who was arrested in 2010 as a suspect in the “Grim Sleeper” murders in South Central Los Angeles from 1985 to 2007. His arrest was not the product of painstaking detective work, but the accidental result of a computer DNA match linking him to a possible 20 victims.

Filmmaker Nick Broomfield and his son infiltrated the neighborhood and got to know the people there, many of whom considered Lonnie a friend. It’s a portrait of a community as much as anything else and a chilling testament to the lack of interest in the killings among the police force – primarily because most of the victims were African American prostitutes.

It will debut on HBO on Mon., Apr. 27 at 9 ET/PT. Other playdates on HBO include Apr. 27 (3:10 a.m.), May 5 (12:30 a.m.), May 13 (2:20 a.m.), and May 28 (4:25 a.m.) HBO2 playdates include May 4 (3:00 p.m.), May 7 (10:00 p.m.), May 11 (12:10 a.m.) and May 23 (9:35 a.m.) Set your DVR’s!


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