210,000 Chinese officials Punished for corruption

210,00 Chinese officials have been prosecuted for corruption, in the first half of 2017.

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This disclosure was made by in a statement by the Central Commission  for Discipline Inspection(CCDI).

According to the statement anti-corruption institutions  received 1.31 million complaints and  opened 260, 000 cases this year.Read more……

 

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Avoid Dealing In Stolen Vehicles-Motor Dealers Chairman

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The Newly elected Charmian of the Motor Dealers Association of Nigeria, Oyo state Chapter, Alhaji Mufutau Adigun(Adigson) has called on motor dealers in the Nigeria to avoid dealing in stolen vehicles.

Alhaji Adigun  who made this call in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria, warned that such  an act that was capable of  tarnishing  the image of the association.

”I want to advise all members of our association, to move far from acts that could cause problems for them. Members should not buy or sell stolen vehicle,  if any member does not buy stolen vehicle, the association will will be at peace. If they say the Police has arrested somebody, we shall go there, but if it happens that a member of the association bought stolen vehicle, the public will think the Chairman is leading a questionable association. So I advise them to be  careful and cautious in what they sell and God will continue blessing them”, the new Chairman stated.

He called on all members of the association to cooperate with his administration, to make his tenure a success.

Brazil: new report analyses impunity in crimes against communicators

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To mark the The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists a new report published today looks in detail at twelve cases involving journalists murdered in Brazil between 2012-2014.

Cycle of Silence – impunity in murders of communicators in Brazil analyses thecontext of impunity in this type of crime in Brazil, and examines the main features of cases involving the murder of broadcasters, photo-journalists, bloggers and journalists.

For Paula Martins, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 South America the lack of resolution in most murders contributes to a hostile environment for freedom of expression and the right to information for Brazilian society. “Impunity is a major reason for the cycle of violations against journalists to continue. In such a scenario, many communicators opt for self-censorship, meaning that information of public interest is not published. This affects the exercise of freedom of expression but also violates the right to information of the whole society.”

All twelve murders analysed in the report occurred as a result of exposure of information about irregularities made by a range of actors. The murders were committed by hit men, and in nine of the crimes, evidence suggests that the masterminds behind the murders were either politicians or policemen.

Impunity becomes obvious when it becomes clear that out of the twelve cases analysed only five cases resulted in the opening of a criminal case, or the indictment of suspects. In the remaining seven cases, the investigations were insufficient or inconclusive, and those responsible for the crimes remained unpunished.

Identification and accountability of the instigators of the crimes against journalists was also rare. In most cases when a criminal conviction was made it only concerned the hit-men who executed the crime.

The report also found that when civil society and media took steps to move a particular case towards a resolution progress on the cases was made. Equally the action of prosecutors and specialist homicide units within the police force was also crucial in making satisfactory progress of police investigations.

For Paula Martins, it is clear that the Brazilian State needs to go through a profound change in order to tackle the problem. “The study demonstrates the dual responsibility of the State in the continued replication of these violations. First, when its agents, as politicians and police, commit crimes; later, when the Justice agencies fail to hold them accountable and give an effective response to the victims’ families and to society.”

Source : Article 19

A Revolution Has Started Against Rapists in Ukraine and Russia

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One woman spoke out on Facebook about the sexual abuse she suffered. Almost 200,000 women—and men—came forward to express support and tell their stories.

KIEV — It all began from one personal story about sexual harassment told by a Ukrainian, whose beauty may have played a part. Nastya Melnychenko’s almond-shaped eyes seem to appraise and challenge the readers of her Facebook page. And there, earlier this year, Melnychenko was the first woman publicly to declare in Ukraine a story whose outlines are, in fact, all too common.

She had been molested at age 6 by a relative; when she was 12 a man—a passer-by—grabbed her between her legs right on Kiev’s central avenue. At age 21 her former partner violently forced her onto a bed, undressed her, and took photographs, threatening to post the pictures on the internet if she did not stay with him.

Until this month Melnychenko did not dare to admit that she was a victim of such sexual violence; she was terrified that the homemade porn would appear on the internet. “But I grew out of it,” she wrote as she launched a growing flashmob group called #Iamnotafraidtosayit in Ukrainian. She stopped worrying about blackmail, she said. “I am not afraid to speak, I do not feel guilty,” she wrote.

Melnychenko tells The Daily Beast that she “had not the slightest idea” that in a few weeks the movement she inspired would draw in 93,666 Ukrainian and 96,868 Russian Facebook users.

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And here is what was even more shocking: About one third of all the flashmob’s “confessions” were told by people who said they are rape victims. Even experts dealing with issues of sexual violence in post-Soviet countries, where the problem is known to be extreme, were amazed to see the scale of the movement.

“I knew that in some regions almost every third woman had experienced rape, but when I saw that even among your friends there are victims of incest, sexual violence, rape, as if they were norms of life, I felt shocked,” Irina Kosterina, a sociologist studying gender issues in Russia, told The Daily Beast.

And now we are hearing from the men who’ve been victims of rape as well.

Zoryan Kis was 17 years old when a group of men, who he thought were his friends, raped him at a party in somebody’s apartment, humiliating him while he was drunk and helpless. Kis tried to heal his wounds alone and kept the rape a secret from the entire world.

“I buried my pain deep inside for 16 years,” said Kis, who is now a Kiev based human rights defender and LGBT activist. “Until this month, when I saw brave confessions by thousands of women telling their rape stories in the internet movement called #Iamnotafraidtosayit.”

He saw that some of those who responded to the posts on Facebook felt intimidated by the feminist zeal and suggested that men should write about the times when they were rejected or ditched by women.

That idea angered Kis: “I thought that men should hear from a man, what it feels like to be raped.” Looking back at his life, Kis realized he saw violence around him from an early age. “My father, the most intelligent philosopher, often grabbed my mother when they argued and threw her against the wall,” Kis recalled. “She fell on the floor, but he would grab her again and smash her against the wall again and again, until she divorced him.”

The flashmob turned out to be a litmus paper for tolerance in Ukrainian and Russian society. How to explain that these huge countries in Europe were full of rapists, full of violent men?

“In both Ukraine and Russia, generations suffered from militaristic rule, from endless wars, political repression, and domestic violence, that led to such a high level of rape,” said Kosterina. If in the West a potential rapist might be stopped by a “rape button” and legal procedures that, ostensibly at least, encouraged the victim to tell the truth, “In Russia raped women have to collect the evidence themselves, while cops laugh and humiliate them.” Children, teens, young women, and men stayed silent.

Two years ago, during pro-European protests in Kiev, the Maidan Revolution’s activists put up “I am not afraid” signs in the Ukrainian capital’s central square.

Last year the Moscow region AIDS Center began a campaign—#don’tbeafraidwearewithyou—in which celebrities and ordinary people with HIV negative results of blood tests published their photographs in support of HIV patients. But getting rid of fear became an avalanche.

In recent months, women have talked of their complexes, of losing the sense that their bodies belonged to them, with many of them telling their stories on Ukraine’s Hramadske TV as well as on the social media.

One of the star reporters at Hramadske, Ekaterina Sergatskova, also wrote on Facebook about a few episodes in her life—but not everything.

“I also have a story, but I am not ready to share it, as I am not sure if I did not cause the violence myself,” Sergatskova said.

Russians and Ukrainians are still learning, it seems, that while relationships are complicated, violence is not, and they should not be afraid to say that.

Source : Daily Beast

Why prosecutors dropped charges against the man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy

Babs Proller met the man when she was living in a Maryland hotel. He had helped the local actress carry her dog, Buddy, to her fourth-floor room, and over the course of several days in early July, the two neighbors became friendly.

She soon learned that her new acquaintance, Armando Morales, was a convicted felon and former gang member, recently released after decades in prison. He was also the star witness in one of the Washington area’s most sensational murder trials.

Proller eventually became suspicious of Morales and began recording hours of their conversations. Eventually, she contends, Morales revealed a secret that she caught on tape, telling her that he had lied when he testified in 2010 that a onetime cellmate had confessed to killing Chandra Levy.

Those clandestine recordings led to a stunning announcement by District prosecutors on Thursday that they would drop all charges against Ingmar Guandique, who was facing a retrial in the 2001 slaying of the federal intern, according to Proller and individuals familiar with the investigation.

The Washington Post could not independently verify the content of the recordings or the accuracy of Proller’s description. The U.S. attorney’s office would not comment on Proller’s account and said only that “new information” uncovered this week had led prosecutors to conclude that they could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Two officials with knowledge of the investigation declined to discuss details of the recordings but said that the audio led prosecutors to question Morales’s credibility.

The dropped charges — coming just three months before the retrial was set to begin in the 15-year-old case — bolsters arguments made by Guandique and his attorneys, who have steadfastly said he was being wrongly held. They had insisted that Morales was making up his account to gain favor with authorities. It also leaves one of the nation’s most infamous murder mysteries unresolved.

In a statement, the D.C. Public Defender Service noted that Guandique “has maintained since the beginning, when he passed an FBI administered lie detector test, that he did not kill Ms. Levy.”

“It is now clear that the jailhouse informant, who was central to the government’s case, was a perjurer who too easily manipulated the prosecutors,” the attorneys said in the statement.

Levy was a 24-year-old intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons when she disappeared on May 1, 2001. Her remains were found in 2002 in Rock Creek Park.

The intern’s disappearance and killing captured national attention when it was revealed that she had an affair with then-Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.), who was married and 30 years her senior. Police initially focused on Condit as a suspect but later cleared him.

Years later, authorities charged Guandique in the case, alleging that he had killed Levy while she was jogging in Rock Creek Park. He had pleaded guilty to attacking two other women in the park about the same time Levy was killed, and prosecutors argued that he was a predator who also attacked Levy.

Proving their theory was difficult from the start. There was no forensic evidence and no eyewitness. The heart of the prosecution’s case rested with Morales, who said he shared a cell at a Kentucky prison with Guandique in 2006.

Morales, a five-time convicted felon, captivated D.C. Superior Court with his testimony. He took the stand on the eighth day of the 2010 trial and was the first to directly link Guandique to Levy’s death.

According to Morales, Guandique had said: “You don’t understand. . . . Homeboy, I killed the [expletive], but I didn’t rape her.”

Morales told the jury that Guandique had said he saw Levy carrying a waist pouch and thought there would be cash inside. He recounted how he grabbed her from behind, Morales said, and dragged her off the trail.

She tried to fight, according to Morales’s account of his cellmate’s purported confession, but by the time Guandique got her into the bushes, she had stopped struggling. Morales testified that Guandique told him that he thought Levy was unconscious, not dead.

Guandique claimed that he took Levy’s pouch and fled, Morales said.

“He said he never meant to kill her,” Morales testified.

Morales said in court that Guandique confided in him because he feared he was about to be transferred to a new prison where inmates might view him as a rapist for the attacks on the two other women and target him in a way that they wouldn’t target a killer.

Morales spoke slowly about the man he called “Chucky,” a reference to the murderous doll in the 1988 horror movie “Child’s Play.” He pointed to Guandique in the courtroom and said Guandique had the nickname tattooed across his back. A photo of the tattoo was shown to the jury of 12 women and four men. Morales said he remembered the tattoo in part because “Chucky” was misspelled: C-h-a-c-k-y.

The men bonded over their gang affiliations. Morales, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to dealing cocaine and methamphetamine while armed, was serving a 21-year sentence. He was a founding member of the Fresno Bulldogs

, a gang based in California and aligned with Guandique’s gang, Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, prosecutors said at the time of trial.

At the close of the trial, Guandique was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Over the following years, Guandique’s attorneys challenged the conviction. They argued that it “was based on a lie” spun by Morales and said the government had failed to reveal that their witness had previously cooperated with law enforcement as a prison informant.

Last year, the conviction was overturned after prosecutors dropped their opposition to defense requests to have a new jury hear the case. The trial was set to begin in the fall.

In documents filed with the court, Guandique’s defense attorneys said they were considering a strategy for trial in which they would argue that Condit or someone else had a motive to kill Levy.

In a statement released Thursday, Condit’s attorney said the former congressman was “extremely disappointed” that the case had been dropped.

“The failure of authorities to bring formal closure to this tragedy after 15 years is very disappointing but in no way alters the fact that Mr. Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with Ms. Levy’s death,” the statement read.

Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, has been jailed awaiting retrial. After his release, he will be placed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he faces removal proceedings, officials said.

Proller said that she and Morales met July 6.

During their conversations, Proller said, Morales had threatened to hurt her ex-husband, which prompted her to begin recording their discussions. Proller said she thought the recordings could protect her and she didn’t want to be implicated in any crimes against her ex-husband.

Proller sent The Post cellphone images of Morales’s prison identification and photos of Morales.

Over the course of three days, “he told me his life story,” Proller said. “He said he is a key witness in a major murder case.”

According to Proller, he lied about Guandique’s confession to improve his prison conditions and eventually struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony.

Proller said she told Levy’s mother, Susan Levy, about the recorded conversations with Morales. Susan Levy then contacted the authorities, Proller said. Proller said she turned over the recordings to prosecutors, with whom she has been in contact since Friday.

Calls to Susan Levy were not immediately returned.

Although recording another person without their consent is illegal in Maryland, Proller said prosecutors told her that they were not going to pursue charges against her.

Proller, who according to an IMDB page has appeared on the Netflix TV series “House of Cards,” said some of the

details of her involvement in the Levy case sound like an episode of the show.

But she said she wanted to come forward to help Susan Levy, a grieving mother.

“I want the true person who did this to be found,” Proller said. “The system failed and took attention away from somebody who really did it. It’s a never-ending nightmare for this poor family, and they need closure.”

Source : Washinton Post

Machete Carrying Youths Attack and Rob Journalist In Olorunsogo, Molete, Ibadan, Nigeria

 

First Published May 25, 2016

Solomon Adewunmi, Editor-In-Chief of online news portal, Federationews2day was on Monday  night attacked, injured and dispossessed of his personal belongings by identified machete carrying youths at the Olorunsogo community in the Molete area of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The youths numbering about 12 attacked the journalist at about 7.45pm in the evening when he was about entering 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street,  dealth him machete cuts on his head and thereafter dispossessed him of his handbag, containing N30,000 two GSM handsets and some vital documents.

The youths, led by one Samson, a student of Ibadan Grammar School, who are between 14 and 18 years old, thereafter took refuge inside a storey building, 5 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, owned by Mrs. Ajayi, Mother of Tobi of Community  Grammar School, Eyinni and a member of the gang. This was after they  had boasted in Yoruba language that ”report to the police, the police will not listen to you”. Indeed, this has been the response of the police in so many criminal  cases.

The same gang, also comprising of one Samuel of Community Grammar School, Eyinni, Samuel,  and one Godspower Ethumetse St. Lukes Grammar school, Kudeti, Mathew and Ayo Adesanya of Anglican Grammar School, Eyin Grammar, had in March, 2016, burgled a flat  at 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street.

Sadly, officers and men of the Felele Police Division, which oversees, the community where the robbery incident occurred have for long exhibited attitude that has continuously raised suspicions by members of the public over their compromising roles in criminal activities within the community.

Olorunsogo is home to individuals with suspicious and questionable character, including petty traders, who own shops, which  the youths use as launching pads for attacks on innocent residents. The Landlords and Tenants Association in the community have for long aided and abetted the activities of the youths.

Before this time, the youths, who are residents, of 5 and 6 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, had scaled the fence of house no. 3, broke into a flat and stole building materials worth several thousands of Naira.

With these development, coupled with the fact that Teachers of these schools, live on the same street with the criminals, the insinuation is that the schools are now breeding grounds for criminals.

UCLA Murderer Mainak Sarkar Killed His Ex-Wife Before His Former Professor

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Before gunning down Ph.D. adviser William Klug on campus, police say Mainak Sarkar shot a woman inside her Minneapolis-area home.

LOS ANGELES — Mainak Sarkar murdered his ex-wife Ashley Hasti in Minnesota before killing his former professor, then himself, at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday.

WCCO-TV reports Sarkar and Hasti were married in 2011. Hasti’s body was discovered at her home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota after a note from Sarkar was discovered asking someone to “check on my cat.” When police searched Sarkar’s home in Minnesota, they discovered a “kill list,” which led them to Hasti’s home where she had been dead for “maybe a couple of days,” according to the local police chief.

Another name on the list was UCLA engineering professor William S. Klug, who Sarkar shot and killed before turning the gun on himself. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that a second professor’s name was on Sarkar’s list and that the doctoral student likely sought to kill him but couldn’t find him. Authorities have not named the professor.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Sarkar called Klug a “very sick person” in a since-deleted blog post, writing that he could not be trusted. Klug had been Sarkar’s adviser at the UCLA engineering school and he “expressed gratitude to Klug for his help and support” in a 2013 doctoral dissertation, the newspaper reports.

Before gunning down Ph.D. adviser William Klug on campus, police say Mainak Sarkar shot a woman inside her Minneapolis-area home.

LOS ANGELES — Mainak Sarkar murdered his ex-wife Ashley Hasti in Minnesota before killing his former professor, then himself, at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday.

WCCO-TV reports Sarkar and Hasti were married in 2011. Hasti’s body was discovered at her home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota after a note from Sarkar was discovered asking someone to “check on my cat.” When police searched Sarkar’s home in Minnesota, they discovered a “kill list,” which led them to Hasti’s home where she had been dead for “maybe a couple of days,” according to the local police chief.

Another name on the list was UCLA engineering professor William S. Klug, who Sarkar shot and killed before turning the gun on himself. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that a second professor’s name was on Sarkar’s list and that the doctoral student likely sought to kill him but couldn’t find him. Authorities have not named the professor.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Sarkar called Klug a “very sick person” in a since-deleted blog post, writing that he could not be trusted. Klug had been Sarkar’s adviser at the UCLA engineering school and he “expressed gratitude to Klug for his help and support” in a 2013 doctoral dissertation, the newspaper reports.

Source : Daily Beast

 

Machete Carrying Youths Attack and Rob Journalist In Olorunsogo, Molete, Ibadan

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Solomon Adewunmi, Editor-In-Chief of online news portal, Federationews2day was on Monday  night attacked, injured and dispossessed of his personal belongings by identified machete carrying youths at the Olorunsogo community in the Molete area of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The youths numbering about 12 attacked the journalist at about 7.45pm in the evening when he was about entering 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street,  dealth him machete cuts on his head and thereafter dispossessed him of his handbag, containing N30,000 two GSM handsets and some vital documents.

The youths, led by one Samson, a student of Ibadan Grammar School, who are between 14 and 18 years old, thereafter took refuge inside a storey building, 5 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, owned by Mrs. Ajayi, Mother of Tobi of Community  Grammar School, Eyinni and a member of the gang. This was after they  had boasted in Yoruba language that ”report to the police, the police will not listen to you”. Indeed, this has been the response of the police in so many cases.

The same gang, also comprising of one Samuel of Community Grammar School, Eyinni, Samuel, of JSS 3, St. Lukes Grammar school, Kudeti, Mathew and Ayo Adesanya of Anglican Grammar School, Eyin Grammar, had in March, 2016, burgled a flat  at 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street.

Sadly, officers and men of the Felele Police Division, which oversees, the community where the robbery incident occurred have for long exhibited attitude that has continuously raised suspicions by members of the public over their compromising roles in criminal activities within the community.

Olorunsogo is home to individuals with suspicious and questionable character, including petty traders, who own shops, which  the youths use as launching pads for attacks on innocent residents. The Landlords and Tenants Association in the community have for long aided and abetted the activities of the youths.

Before this time, the youths, who are residents, of 5 and 6 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, had scaled the fence of house no. 3, broke into a flat and stole building materials worth several thousands of Naira.

With these development, coupled with the fact that Teachers of these schools, live on the same street with the criminals, the insinuation is that the schools are now breeding grounds for criminals.

Student Burglars On The Rampage In Ibadan, Nigeria

Olorunsogo, Molete, community in Ibadan, Nigeria is presently under the siege of students, who break into houses, during working hours.
The students, who are from different Secondary schools, have the covert support of a number of criminally minded residents.
On Thursday, 17 March, 2016, at about 10.00 AM in the morning, some students, adorning the school uniforms of Community Grammar School, Eyinni, Ibadan Grammar School and St. Lukes College, Kudeti, scaled a fence bordering houses Number 5 and 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street, Olrunsogo, Molete and broke into the ground flat of house Number 3.
The student burglars, among whom were the son of the Landlady of house Number 5, one Tobi Ajayi, carted away building materials worth thousands of Naira, just as they used large stones to vandalize the building.
Before this time, the student burglars had pretended to be searching for mangoes alongside some residents in a fenced land behind the house they broke into.
In quick succession, the students made an unsuccessful attempt to break into the house in question, on 16 March, 2016, but took to their heels, when a vigilant occupant of the house raised alarm.

On a daily basis, the criminals converge in front of house no. 5, two storey building, in the night to perpetrate their criminal acts with the covert support of the Landlady Mrs Ajayi.

An official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) occupies the ground floor of the building.

Sadly, Parents and Teachers of the student burglars, including one Samson of Ibadan Grammar School, Sola of Community Grammar school Eyinni, Samuel and one Godspower Ethumetse of St. Lukes College, Kudeti, Mathew and Ayo Ajayi, both of Anglican Grammar school, Eyin Grammar, are residents of the community, which is home to several young and old criminals.

Of worry and concern is the fact that  the police are unable to curtail the activities of the criminals, who are well known to them.

‘Grim Sleeper’ Didn’t Sleep: Lonnie Franklin Jr. Accused of 30 Murders, New Survivor Emerges

Lonnie Franklin Jr. is on trial for 10 murders. The cop who arrested him says it’s 30. LaWana Wilson says she was almost No. 31.

LOS ANGELES — After three years chasing down a serial killer, Dennis Kilcoyne spends his retirement growing lilacs.

As a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, Kilcoyne led the “800 Task Force” (named after the same room at headquarters) tasked with finding a serial killer. After a stretch of murders in the 1980s, the trail went cold until 2008 when bodies of young black women were being found again in South Central L.A.

The serial killer was back; the “Grim Sleeper” was awake.

In 2010, Kilcoyne’s team arrested Lonnie Franklin Jr. for the murder of 10 women and attempted murder of another. He now stands trial, although he has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Franklin could be sentenced to death.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr. sits in court during opening statements in his murder trial in Los Angeles, California February 16, 2016. Dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” the ex-sanitation worker is charged with 10 murders dating back 30 years, whose victims were mostly prostitutes with drug addictions, during a crack epidemic that proved fertile ground for a Los Angeles serial killer in the 1980s, prosecutors told jurors on Tuesday.
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Taking no chances that he’ll dodge death row, prosecutors plan to present five more alleged victims during the sentencing phase of Franklin’s trial, Kilcoyne and Det. Daryn Dupree of the LAPD told The Daily Beast.

“We know he wasn’t sleeping,” Kilcoyne told The Daily Beast on his lilac farm about an hour north of L.A. “You’ll hear about other cases soon.”

In fact, the death toll is much higher than even that 15.

“I think he’s good for probably 30 murders,” Kilcoyne said.

That would make Franklin the most prolific serial killer in California history and place him in the ranks of notorious serial killers like John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy.

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Franklin is a married father of two who in 1981 worked on cop cars at the LAPD’s 77th Division and then collected garbage for the city’s Sanitation Department before retiring in 1989. Both jobs granted him unfettered access to city vehicles, landfills, and countless dumpsters—all helpful for hiding human bodies.

The “Seven Seven” and neighboring police precincts cover South Central L.A., which was ground zero in the crack and murder epidemic during the 1980s.

Franklin’s first alleged victim was 29-year-old Debra Jackson, who was killed and dumped in an alley on Aug. 10, 1985. He would allegedly kill six more women up until Nov. 20, 1988 when he shot but did not kill Enietra Washington.

She has been long believed to be the serial killer’s “sole survivor.”

According to prosecutors, the human predator hibernated until March 9, 2002, when 15-year-old Princess Berthomieux was discovered beaten and strangled to death in an Inglewood alley.

When two more women were found dead matching the same M.O., Valerie McCorvey in 2003 and Janecia Peters in 2007, police realized the killer was back.

The 800 Task Force was soon created in secret (and uncovered by Christine Pelisek of L.A. Weekly) and it had something the LAPD didn’t in the ’80s: a huge DNA database of convicted felons and parolees. DNA from Christopher Franklin, Lonnie’s son, obtained on a 2009 weapons charge was a close match with DNA found on several victims.

Christopher, 28, was obviously too young to have been the killer, but police went to work on his father.

With some Hollywood magic, an undercover officer played a busboy at a pizza parlor where the Franklins were having a family party and collected Lonnie’s unfinished pizza crust.

DNA from it matched DNA from saliva recovered from some of the victims’ breasts.

When cops raided Franklin’s home, they found a cache of photos including Enietra Washington’s picture.

Photographs found in the possession of serial murder suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr., dubbed the "Grim Sleeper", recovered by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are seen in this handout image released December 16, 2010. Opening statements were due to begin on February 16, 2016 in the trial of a retired sanitation worker accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, charged with slaying nine women and one girl in a Los Angeles crime spree that spanned more than two decades.

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“I’ll tell you what, when we found that Polaroid [of Washington] 25 years later that was gold, man,” Kilcoyne said. “And if a jury doesn’t buy that I don’t know what to tell you.”

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“I’m the one with a pink dress and asleep with natty hair. That was me,” LaWana Wilson told The Daily Beast of photo 125.

LaWana wanders back in time from behind bulletproof glass of a bodega she co-owns with her brother Ed located in the Vermont Square section of L.A., sharing for the first time publicly her story of being attacked twice by Franklin during the time when he was said to be sleeping.

Lawana Wilson, at her store in Los Angeles. She is believed to be one of the few victims that survived an attack by a serial killer known as the grim sleeper.

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In 1999, LaWana was working as a prostitute, and Franklin was working on cars in the same neighborhood, tricking out many of them for gangbangers.

“We called him The Mechanic,” she said.“But nobody knew his first or last name. Back then, it was ‘the homeboy’ or ‘the homegirl’ and we just called him The Mechanic.”

One day, The Mechanic parked his hatchback across from the 74th Street Elementary School.

“I thought he would be a good trick,” she said. “I got some dope from my homeboy and I said to him, ‘Let me get in your car and smoke.’”

Franklin let her in.

“I’m sitting there in the front seat hitting my stuff and my mouth started twitching,” she said.

Franklin allegedly snapped.

“The back of his fist came across my face ‘Bow’ and I was out. That was it. He socked me in the middle of my two eyes and I went out.”

LaWana says she was beaten and raped while she was unconscious. It’s during this time when Franklin must have photographed her, she surmises.

Franklin allegedly left her for dead in the the front seat of a U-Haul truck parked on 83rd Street and Western Avenue.

“The woman watering her grass called the cops to complain about the truck in front of her house, but when she peeked in the window she sees me laying across the seat panting for air,” she said.

Paramedics spirited LaWana to the now-defunct Martin Luther King Hospital where she lay in a coma.

Lawana Wilson, is believed to be one of the few victims that survived an attack by a serial killer known as the grim sleeper.

J. Emilio Flores for The Daily Beast

“The first words I heard was ‘Is she dead? I don’t want to see her if she is dead.”

It was her mother.

The next time LaWana awoke to a person’s voice, it was a police officer asking her about the incident. LaWana says the questions were more like accusations.

“Why would you get into a car with someone you barely knew? This guy that assaulted you, you was over with him and your friends? So how many times had you seen this guy over there with you and your friends?” she said the officer, whom she could not name, asked her.

LaWana says the interrogation was her only interview by police.

The brush with death didn’t scare LaWana straight though.

“I told myself ‘Just be careful next time.’”

By April 1999 LaWana started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. One took place inside a private home off Hoover and 50th Streets. Her mother dropped her off and handed her $2 for bus fare home.

“I had my AA book, my ID, and my mama’s keys to her house and my birth certificate inside the purse.”

When the meeting was over, LaWana couldn’t find a bus stop. That’s when “this guy pulls up.”

The man appeared lost—until he pointed a gun in her face.

“Bitch, get in the car. If you run I’m going to shoot you in your back.”

LaWana obeyed.

“I kept saying to myself: ‘If I just do what the man say. You know how the streets go. It’s best I play the role and keep quiet. Do what he wants—all he’s gonna do is rape you and let you go.’”

He pulled into an almost empty field across the street from Manchester Avenue Elementary School off West 87th Street.

Lawana Wilson, is believed to be one of the few victims that survived an attack by a serial killer known as the grim sleeper.

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“By this time the sun is going down and it’s dark as shit in this damn field,” she said. “There’s a duplex behind me and I can see someone’s TV flaring.”

Franklin allegedly unzipped his pants.

“With his gun pointed at me he said, ‘Bitch, you’re going to hook me up.’”

But the car posed a problem.

“It was too small and my head kept getting stuck trying to go up and down on him,” she remembered.

Franklin reclined his seat to make room and then set the pistol down.

“I opened up the car door and jumped out,” but not before Franklin punched her in the face, LaWana said.

She ran as fast as she could as Franklin spit more venom.

“Bitch, I’m going to get my gun!”

“When I heard that sound it clicked. It’s the same motherfucker from before,” she said.

LaWana ran toward the light of the television in that apartment she saw.

“Bam-bam-bam-bam I knocked on his door and he said, ‘Get the fuck away from my door. I’m not getting involved in that shit, bitch.’”

Frantic and gushing blood from her nose, LaWana dashed across the courtyard.

“There was a young man and an older lady and he said, ‘Come in here.’”

LaWana lay on the floor and told them a man was trying to kill her.

Moments after the woman called 911, the pitch black night became day with the spotlight from a LAPD helicopter. Squad cars and an ambulance rushed in.

After she was discharged from the hospital, LaWana was back at her mother’s house when she received a manilla envelope in the mail. Inside was the ID and birth certificate she said she left in Franklin’s car.

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It would be another decade until LaWana realized the man who she says almost killed her was a suspected serial killer.

Det. Dupree, who has taken over as lead investigator in the Franklin case, told The Daily Beast what the LAPD told LaWana: there’s no rape kit, no police report, and therefore, no case.

“This is a DNA case and a ballistics case,” he said. “Miss LaWana Wilson’s case, or lack thereof a case, has been vetted and investigated.”

And with LaWana’s case he said “we have no DNA and we have no ballistics.”

Dupree says he’s been in touch with Wilson on multiple occasions and remains unconvinced she was attacked by Franklin because he says her facts changed.

“I’ve known Miss Wilson for five years and dealing with her and her family,” he said. “She never once until recently said she was attacked by him.”

Kilcoyne, without knowing all the particulars, was open to the possibility of women like LaWana out there.

“There are other surviving women,” he said. “One in particular we’ve been helping her with therapy and money and everything for years now but she’s just—there’s no way in hell you could bring her into the courtroom.”

And while he can’t place LaWana’s case Kilcoyne tried to endorse her as truthful.

“We did have other women that came to us after this happened,” Kilcoyne said after the cops caught Franklin. “They were women with crazy stories about him. I have no reason to doubt this lady. She probably did run across him more than once.”

With other survivors Kilcoyne recalls one who “jumped out of a moving truck window” to get away from Franklin and another who he regrets has had a rough time battling “drugs all her life.”

Not every accusation turns out to be right, though.

“There’s been a number of women saying ‘He’s the guy!’ And we tell them ‘We checked it out and no he isn’t and we hate to tell you that.’”

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Contrary to LaWana’s feeling that she’s being ignored, Kilcoyne said the LAPD continued looking for victims even after it had enough evidence to charge Franklin with 10 murders and one attempted murder.

“We didn’t stop,” he said. “I was amazed at the police department, because it has to be run like a business and there’s new business every day.”

After the 800 Task Force was disbanded, Kilcoyne remained on the LAPD payroll for more than a year after he retired in order to follow through on leads.

With Franklin’s DNA in the system, Kilcoyne and company set off to follow up on an estimated 400 cases and some 50 women who claimed they either dated or were attacked by Lonnie Franklin Jr.

Still, the force is a massive machine that can move fast but often crawls. “You have a police department of 10,000 people telling the lab, ‘Well, do my DNA,’” he said.

And the forensic work is often more of a lottery ticket than a coin toss. “Franklin is in all of the data banks and we thought it would go off like a slot machine once his profile entered.”

In fact, many of the cases came through calls fielded by Kilcoyne’s team. “There was one or two where the DNA was good for on its own but most of them were from people calling and saying, ‘Well, hey would you look at my daughter’s case?’ And when we did, sure as shit it was him.”

What’s more, Kilcoyne is adamant the case “is not closed out.”

“Once we got him we started looking at things,” Kilcoyne said.

That meant vetting hundreds of leads and cases, fresh and cold.

And while LaWana believes she is more than entitled to be part of the case or at least a witness, Kilcoyne said that would only “restart the clock” in what has been an insufferable delay for all the victims.

A Los Angeles District Attorney spokeswoman told The Daily Beast that they are “aware” of LaWana but were unable to divulge any information about the credibility of her claims, stating, “because this case is in the middle of trial, we decline to provide further comment.”

Kilcoyne testified as a witness for the prosecution and said he told people at the courthouse, “Your sisters or your daughters—they’re gone. He got them. We haven’t found them. We can’t prove it—but he’s got their pictures and their identification in his stuff.”

Indeed, there are missing women whose Torrance High School identification or Nevada driver’s license were in Franklin’s stash of human memorabilia. One has been gone 20 years, another 30.

“We know exactly where she is,” Kilcoyne said. “She’s in a landfill somewhere.”

LaWana might have ended up dead anyway thanks to drugs, but she’s been clean and sober for years, though it’s been hard since she learned about what Franklin has been accused of doing to women other than her.

“I go to sleep at night and lay my head on my pillow—that’s when it haunts me. I can’t stand the sleepless nights.”

For LaWana, the Grim Sleeper never sleeps.

Source : The Daily Beast