From City News Service:
LOS ANGELES — A reward of up to $500,000 was in effect Thursday for information leading to the capture of the “Grim Sleeper,” who is believed responsible for 11 killings in South Los Angeles over the past 25 years.
The serial killer has been linked by DNA evidence to eight murders between 1985 and 1988 and three murders between 2001 and 2007, Los Angeles police Detective Dennis Kilcoyne said.
The killer was dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” because of the 13-year break between killing sprees.
The reward was reinstated Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council in an effort to re-publicize the case and encourage tipsters to call police. The reward will be in effect for six months.
All but one victim was a woman and most were prostitutes, Kilcoyne said. Some were raped before being fatally shot. Their bodies were dumped in alleys and trash bins in South Los Angeles, Inglewood and unincorporated areas.
A woman who survived an attack in 1988 described the suspect as a black man in his 20s, driving an orange Ford Pinto. She said he picked her up, raped her, shot her in the chest, then pushed her out of his car.
Anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at (213) 486-6830 during normal office hours, or at (877) LAPD 24-7 around the clock.