It's a very strange story, who did it? Will we ever really know? I think it involved many of the people in the neighborhood. The most troubling fact in the whole thing is that they were the only neighborhood in the entire area that no single tenant claimed knowledge of the murder's existence. And I'm no DNA expert but if the saliva could be anyone whom his son was related to, how can they even arrest this man?
I see Nick Broomfield as a sort of Buster Keaton figure putting himself in situations (the more impassively the better) and allowing situations to happen to him. Embedding himself in South Central Los Angeles in the wake of the arrest Lonnie David Franklin Jr. is to my mind the sveltest move he has yet made. This is jaw-dropping, excoriating sociology as well as true crime phantasmagoria. Like a fist in the gut.
Pretty interesting documentary, but it fails to show the complete scope of things. The piece tries to paint the police force as being the culprits of the Grim Sleeper Murders. In reality, the police failed the community and the community are the dregs of society. In the end, everyone loses. Sad stuff.
3,5. Not only focusing on the killer, but providing with a very rich insight into the socioeconomic, legal, psychological aspects of people of color in such communities is a quality worth noting. The title is a bit misleading if you're into the whole serial killer thing expecting tales of blood, gore and galore. All compliments to the effort needed to make this, to the people involved. If only it were a bit shorter.
A serial killer who murdered 100 women in 25 years. Broomfield is right in asking, how is this possible. When searching for the answers, some very unpleasant truths start to surface. In the end, it’s not (just) a tale of serial killing, but of racial injustice, social division and the cost of silence. “Tales of Grim Sleeper” is a visit to the very dark corners of humanity.
This is a visual simple documentary yet it has a complex story of a serial killer and his victims of a 30 year killing spree in south central area of LA.There are no fancy reenactments nor fancy camera works,only gun-ho filmmaking seeking the truth at every street corner.We meet some extraordinary people who both knew the killer,the victims and the their quest for proving to the US that they're not a racial minority.
Some powerful stuff, but it does seem a bit directionless in the tactics it uses to point out the failures of law enforcement, not just in catching the Grim Sleeper, but in exhibiting compassion for this community of remarkable individuals. The flurry of final interviews is masterfully edited, however. And what's the deal with that one piece of music that sounds exactly like "Carlotta's Portrait" from Vertigo?
Field recordings from deep, deep within the howling abyss of misogyny. "One of the ways in which patriarchal white males used mass media to wage the war against feminism was to portray the violent woman-hating man as aberrant and abnormal" (bell hooks, The Will to Change, 130). Two men joke that the women would never get out of Franklin's van alive and members of the LAPD see the killing of WoC as convenient...