Serial killers like the Grim Sleeper, said O’Toole, “are not crazy. They know right from wrong. If you meet them on the street they could be the most charming, normal people. There is nothing about them that will stand out. They understand the importance of maintaining a façade of normalcy to keep from being identified or arrested. The ability to alternate between two extreme lifestyles, extremely dangerous versus normal, suggests an individual whose adaption skills are very good.”
Now a private forensic behavioral consultant, O’Toole complained that the popularity of hit shows like CSI has resulted in an incorrect view of serial killers. The killers, O’Toole said, “don’t need something to happen to go out and kill someone. They don’t wake up one morning and decide to become a serial killer. It is a result of trial and error such as learning how to kill, the necessary tools, and victim selection.”
Kilcoyne, O’Toole, and all those in law enforcement working on this case are speaking for victims who, in nearly every case, can no longer speak for themselves. The one known woman survivor, who is being very cooperative, recounts Franklin’s behavior as a predator, patrolling the neighborhoods and soliciting her to get into his car. Once inside, he shot her multiple times, sexually assaulted her, and left her for dead.