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Grim Sleeper killings: Thomas Steele, 36, in 1986

Thomas Steele, a 36-year-old black man, was found dead on Aug. 14, 1986, at the intersection of 71st Street and Halldale Avenue in Harvard Park, authorities said.

Los Angeles police believe he is one of 11 victims of a serial killer known as "the Grim Sleeper."

Map shows location of Franklin's home [purple marker] and locations where Grim Sleeper's victims were found [in red]. Click for more details.On July 7, 2010, authorities arrested Lonnie David Franklin Jr., a 57-year old black man, at his home in South Los Angeles after police said they made DNA matches linking him to Steele's killing, as well as others dating between 1985 to 2007. 

Prosecutors said they have charged Franklin with 10 counts of murder, noting that he is eligible for the death penalty. He has not been charged in the 1986 shooting death of Steele, although authorities believe Steele's killing is connected to the other cases.

Franklin is a former city trash collector who at one time worked as a vehicle mechanic at an LAPD station, sources said.

-- Times staff reports

Map shows location of home of Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. and the locations of where the Grim Sleeper's victims were found. Click for more details.

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