The Case of the Grim Sleeper

Are familial DNA searches a brilliant tool for solving crimes or a dangerous abuse of privacy?

Matt Slaby for TIME

At 9:20 a.m. on July 7, 2010, undercover officers from the Los Angeles Police Department stepped out of an unmarked car and arrested 57-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. as he came out of his house on 81st Street at Western Avenue. He made no attempt to resist. The officers recited the charges: 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, stretching back to 1985. By 10 a.m., 81st Street was cordoned off while six forensic teams searched Franklin's house and garage. They took away more than 900 items, according to subsequent grand jury testimony. In a bedroom, they found a...

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