FROM Christine Pelisek
Breaking the Grim Sleeper serial killer case in South LA In January 2006, Christine Pelisek was chatting up a source -- the LA Coroner -- to check on murders over the weekend. He mentioned there had been a large number of body dumping cases in recent years. She eventually got his list of cases, and broke the story of a serial killer in South Central LA. Pelisek chronicles how she got the story.
Grim Sleeper Trial Begins The trial in the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killings started downtown yesterday. The Grim Sleeper suspect is Lonnie Franklin, a former city garbage man. He’s accused of murdering 10 women in South L.A. over 23 years. We get a refresher on the case and a primer on what to expect at the trial from the journalist who first broke the story of the Grim Sleeper nine years ago.
New DNA Test Leads to Arrest in the 'Grim Sleeper' Case The LA Police Department believes it's broken the case of a serial killer who murdered 11 women in south Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007. On Wednesday, authorities arrested Lonnie David Franklin, Jr, a former LAPD employee. Detectives connected him to the murders using his son's DNA sample, marking the first time a familial DNA test has been used to make a criminal case. Christine Pelisek, crime reporter for the LA Weekly , was the first to report that the infamous "grim sleeper" was still on the loose.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?