Watch: Teaser for HBO's Chilling Doc 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper'

December 11, 2014
Source: HBO

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Pretty much every month, HBO has a great new documentary premiering, and one of them has already played at the New York Film Festival. Tales of the Grim Sleeper dives into the life and crimes of Lonnie Franklin Jr., a man arrested as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women. But what's really scary is that police seemed to ignore this ongoing murder case despite claiming a victory after 20 years of investigations. Director Nick Broomfield exposes the past of Franklin, from the friends who knew the killer, to those who lost someone to his vicious crimes, but he also exposes something else very horrifying.

Here's the teaser trailer for Nick Broomfield's documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper direct from HBO:

Tales of the Grim Sleeper is directed by Nick Broomfield, and follows the filmmaker as he heads to the neighborhood of alleged killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., who was arrested in South Central Los Angeles in 2010 as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women. At first, Franklin’s pals stand up for him: he was the go-to guy, and certainly no murderer. But soon friends and neighbors start offering up chilling testimony, as do local activists who question why it took so long for the authorities to pay attention: the community doesn't trust the LAPD, and they weren't going to talk. The film premieres on HBO in 2015.

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I want to watch this. It looks great.

DAVIDPD on Dec 11, 2014


I a from Europe. And when I hear this woman say that the police doesn't care about black women, I am shocked. It may sound naive, but it is very hard for me to understand why anyone, especially the police, would not care about people, just because of their skin color. Maybe I am too blind to see, but I can not imagine the police in my country having an attitude like that.

Nash on Dec 12, 2014


read the book every day bias from howard j ross and than you will understand. Don't get to upset by it when reading it,it's very confrontating and smacks you in the face with the truth...

Avi on Dec 12, 2014


Thanks for the tip, never heard of that book. i just fount a one hour video on Youtube with Ross explaing his every day bias principle. Gonna watch that.

Nash on Dec 12, 2014


you will be suprised and it's life changing... Every concept you have about life will stirred and shaken so to say! have fun!

Avi on Dec 12, 2014


This is a reality in the US. Many white police officers treat black people as inferior citizens. That's not to say this doesn't happen in Europe as well. I'm not sure where you live, but I've seen plenty of racism in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and even England.

TheOct8pus on Dec 12, 2014


we have allot of racist overhere and everybody is by nature bias also in the netherlands where i live. Saying your not bias is saying i am not human...

Avi on Dec 12, 2014


I surely will not deny the fact that rasism exists in Europe! But as far as I can see in my country, it's mostly on an individual level and not so much systematically. When there are racist incidents here, it's all over the newspapers and often, individual police officers get suspended for it. I guess since WWII, most Europeans are a bit done with feelings of racial supremacy...

Nash on Dec 12, 2014


Welcome to the USA. Yes half the country is still inbred, white trash huh? It's embarrassing.

ff on Dec 12, 2014


Tricky. I have only been in the US a few times. And I am white. If it is true what you are saying, a white tourist such as myself will hardly notice this problem, since I won't be ignored because of my white skin. That sounds disturbing to me.

Nash on Dec 12, 2014


There's no money is solving murders or disappearances, investigating robberies or doing any real police work. The money is in illegal property repossession and minor drug arrests that lead to prison sentences. The police are the biggest gang in town.

Carpola on Dec 12, 2014


that is scary. And shameful, as long as it concerns American police service which seems to be another name for disgrace...

shiboleth on Dec 17, 2014

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