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.
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."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.