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!