‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer dies after being found unresponsive in prison cell

A serial killer dubbed the 'Grim Sleeper' had died after being found unresponsive in his prison cell.

Lonnie Franklin Jr's death is currently shrouded in mystery with prison officials saying: “They don’t know why he died.”

The 67-year-old was previously convicted of murdering 10 women during a 23-year killing spree that began in 1984.

He raped his victims before shooting or strangling them and dumping their naked or partially clothed bodies in filthy neighborhood alleyways.

He was awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison’s death row when he was found unresponsive on Saturday evening.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton told People: "There were no signs of trauma."

Medics tried to save his life, but he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is yet to be carried out.

A mother of one of his victims said upon hearing the news: “I won’t say I’m pleased he died but at the end there was justice for all the bad things he did in his life. We can now be at peace.”

Franklin Jr was in 2016 found guilty of the first-degree murders of Debra Jackson, Henrietta Wright, Mary Lowe, Bernita Sparks, Barbara Ware, Lachrica Jefferson, Monique Alexander, Princess Berthomieux, Valerie McCorvey and Janecia Peters.

He was also found guilty of the attempted murder of Enietra Washington.

She told a court that Franklin shot her, sexually assaulted her and took a Polaroid picture of her before pushing her out of his car.

At one point Franklin’s reign of terror stopped but in 2002 he resumed his killings earning him the nickname of The Grim Sleeper.

He targeted vulnerable young black women over 20 years in the inner city of Los Angeles.

Former caretaker Franklin was arrested in 2010 following a DNA breakthrough thanks to a slice of pizza.

When police raided his home they found over 1,000 photos of women and several hundred hours of video leaving investigators with the fear he may killed up to 180 victims.

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