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LAPD utilizes social networks to help identify Grim Sleeper victims

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The Los Angeles Police Department posted several dozen photographs of possible victims of the Grim Sleeper serial killer on Facebook and Twitter Thursday in hopes the public could aid in identifying the slain women.

Detectives had previously released the 42 pictures of the women to news outlets, but LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said using social media this time around could better help investigators I.D. them.

“Well honestly, we’ve tried almost everything else," Smith told KPCC. "We’ve had press conferences. We’ve had them published in the paper. We’ve done flyers. We’ve done handouts. We’ve canvassed neighborhoods.  This is really our last ditch effort to try and identify these last few victims or potential victims of this terrible suspect.”

Two years ago, prosecutors charged 59-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. with ten counts of murder. He’s pleaded not guilty in the death penalty case.

Most of the Grim Sleeper victims were prostitutes who were killed over a two-decade span in South L.A.

"We certainly do not believe that we are so lucky, or so good, as to know all of his victims," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the AP. "We need the public's help."

Police are asking that you call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 if you recognize any of these victims. If you prefer to remain anonymous, simply dial 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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