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WEDNESDAY, February 25, 2009

LAPD Looking For The "Grim Sleeper" Serial Killer

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Shortly after midnight on Jan. 10, 1987, a man called police from a pay phone to report he had seen someone dump a woman's body out of the back of a van and leave it in an alley, LA Police told the Los Angeles Times.

The man gave the address, a description of the van and its license plate number: 1PZP746. The call lasted no more than 30 seconds. At the end, the dispatcher asked for the man's name. He chuckled nervously before answering. "I know too many people. OK, then, bye-bye," he said, hanging up.

More than 20 years later, detectives are hopeful that the call may hold the key to identifying the elusive killer who has claimed at least 11 victims.  Police have released a recording of the call to the public, along with details of the van and the church that owned it on the chance that someone will come forward with information.

Last summer, police acknowledged that they had linked the same man to the 11 killings through ballistic and DNA evidence. His last known victim was killed in May 2007. After the night of the phone call, the killer went on to claim eight more victims. One woman in 1988 survived being shot three times and gave police their only description of the suspect who she said was an African American in his mid-30s.

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