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'Grim Sleeper' women's photos identified

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police Monday said releasing photos seized from the alleged killer known as "Grim Sleeper" let them identify some of the women photographed.

Approximately 160 photos dating back to the 1980s were taken from Lonnie David Franklin Jr.'s South Los Angeles trailer and garage and led to the identification of at 15 women, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Police said they received hundreds of e-mails, phone calls and other tips from relatives and friends of women whose photos were released Thursday, saying the women are alive and unharmed.

Detectives said they received 75 tips that may provide leads in the case.

Franklin is charged with the sexual assault and slaying of 10 African-American women. During his arrest in July, police said they discovered approximately 1,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of videotape of women, much of the material showing the women partly undressed and in sexual poses, the Times reported.

More than a dozen of the photos showed women who are relatives or friends of Franklin, said his lawyer, Louisa Pensanti, who criticized the photos' release.

LAPD said it released closely cropped versions of the photos to show only the women's faces.

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Detectives invited family members of the women Franklin is suspected of having killed to view the pictures before release, the newspaper said.

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