The Grim Sleeper

Synopsis: The Grim Sleeper follows LA Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek (Walker) as she doggedly investigates the unsolved murders of dozens of women in Los Angeles and soon realizes one person is responsible for many of these deaths that began over 20 years earlier. After a string of murders in the 1980s, the violence seemed to end; but almost 14 years later, another murder spree begins, leading Pelisek to dub the killer "The Grim Sleeper." The reporter-turned-amateur detective notices similarities between the cases and sets out to break the story of her career, researching evidence and interviewing witnesses for clues to the killer's identity. While police and lead detectives (Hudson, O'Neill) kept the community in the dark about a potential serial killer on the loose, Pelisek contacts the victims' families to offer them the truth about what may have happened to their daughters, sisters, wives and mothers. When the only known survivor (Gray) comes forward to tell her side of the story, pieces
89 min

DeJemal. Let me inside.

Let me inside.

Let me inside.


Five deaths in the news today. Please, tell

me you have a sixth, that isn't a news yet.

Please tell me you did not steal

my file on Los Van de Kamp?

Seriously, Morales?

Me? Thief?

I still don't know why this Van de Kamp

murder does it do it for you.

Because the bastard.

Where is diet soda? I thought

Carly stuck this up for you.

We broke up. Hence the

new sleeping quarters.

I'm so sorry. That sucks.

Being dumped is terrible.

I hate to ruin your fine preconception

of me, but I was not the dumpee,

You broke up with Carly?

Why? - Come on,

you're the one that's always telling me

how relationship turns into a trouble.


Yeah. I almost

done with the list.

You said 40,

I have 38.

Should I call the Winters?

Yep, tomorrow. No problem.

What kind of list?

The kind of list that is

none of your business.

The secret list from

the Coroners office.

Common, 38 what?

Suspicious deaths?

Don't get mad at me because

my reporter instincts are kicking in.

You're not a reporter. You're fact

checker. - You're actually right.

All the more reason for you to just

show the content of this list to me.

OK, fine. There were a couple body

dumps in past few years...

in South Central L. A.

Homicides that not be solved.

And the Coroner's office

would like us to look into it...

and see if we can

find any connections.

Why you and not the LAPD? - Because

they don't play well with others.

Can I see this list of yours?

- No! - OK.

So, my source from the Coroner's

Office says... - Who's this?

A deputy medical

examiner. He says...

that they are putting together a list of 38

unsolved murders from south L. A.,

that they want to invest. - And what is so

especially in these murders?

So... they are unsolved.

- So, you have no idea.

I know that bodies are dumped,

and it's the secret list.

Secret? Right. There is no such

thing as a secret murder list.

Anybody can look upon unsolved

cases and put together a list.

He's got a point. If you want to pitch me

a story, this has to be exclusive...

information and have an angle.

- Which she might actually know,

if she studied journalism.

- Do you have some research she can do?

Yes. Why don't you scare me up the minutes

from yesterday's city council meeting.

And while you're at it, please,

some more coffee. In my mug.

Hi, Daddy. Got home

as soon as I could.

Where is she?

I knew Daddy wouldn't stick with me.

He's upset. You were

gone for days.

He doesn't understand why you keep running

off. - He keeps trying make me go to school.

You have to go to school, Zarina.

I hate that uniform, it's stupid.

You have no idea how lucky you are.

You get to go to the "St. Carment".

There's no one there

like me. - I know.

And I know you've been hurting since

mama died. - Your mama, not mine.

But if you keep running off, they

will not let you stay here.

They're gonna put you in another foster

home... - Not if they can't find me.

You don't know what you're saying. You can't

even remember being anywhere but here.

You think I don't remember?

Come here.

I helped mama change your

bandages, when they brought to us.

We had to change them

every day for a week.

And you never cried.

Jus a three-year old little baby,

and you never cried.

Don't you know God saved you from

that hell you were born in to a reason?

Don't you want to find out

what that reason is?

How you can be so ungrateful for

everything this family has done for you,

I don't know. But God

gives, and He can take away.

Just like that. So you best stop taking

what you have here for granted,

before you end up somewhere,

where you get nothing but misery.

Do you understand me, Zarina!?

Harper Wellman, two years ago

off on the Imperial. Is he on the list?

OK. What about Monica Dender?

Last year behind a store on Western.

OK, that is a 'yes'. Three now, 35 to go.

You have terrible poker face, Morales.

Will you keep playing this game,

or you can just give me the list?

You know, I'm gonna figure it

out anyway. I am a researcher.

You think you're gonna

wearing me down? You will not.

Fine. Lavey Jackson. Last year,

Normandy and 71st.

Four down.

For crying out loud,

just take it and go.

Thank you very much.

I got a list!

A list of cases being investigated

by the Coroner's office.

And by the way, I have

a great angle for this.

How bodies, dumped in the alleys in South

L. A. can go days without been discovered.

OK, that's morbidly

interesting angle.

But... - No buts. You told me that you

publish the story, if it was good.

I know, but I just came from

a meeting with Stewart and board.

We lost 20 % of our advertising.

Should I be concerned

I'm going to lose my job?

Yes, you should be. So you should do

the job, that you are hired to do,

so I can justify keeping you.

- And if I work on my lunch hour?

What you do on your own

time is your business.

OK. Western and Central.

You sure that's where police said

they found her last time?

No, I'm here. I just hope that I would

find Zarina, so I can bring her home.

I will be careful, Daddy.

It's not that bad here.

Well, OK, you keep on praying,

and I'm gonna keep on looking.

Love you to. Bye.

Excuse me, gentlemen, have

any of you seen this girl?

No. - She's been missing for a while,

and I know she's sometimes in this area.

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