Monthly Archives: February 2016

Family Members of Alleged ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Share Their Pain and Hope for Justice

Donnell Alexander made the drive from South Los Angeles to the criminal courts building in Downtown Los Angeles every day.

On trial was Grim Sleeper serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., accused in the murder of 10 women, including Alexander’s sister Monique, and the attempted murder of another. The Grim Sleeper terrorized South Los Angeles during his 22-year murder spree, which is the focus of the upcoming People Magazine Investigates episode “The Grim Sleeper,” which airs Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.

Franklin was convicted in May, providing a measure of vindication and closure for the victims’ families.

“This is a process we have to go through,” Alexander told PEOPLE before the trial, every day of which he went to along with his parents, Mary and Porter.

“We know my sister is not coming back. She is in a better

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Ratings: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Sets FX Record for Drama Premiere

Twenty years after the O.J. Simpson murder trial riveted the nation, FX’s new series on the subject, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” has broken out of the gate a ratings winner.

FX will again wait for three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing before making its ratings pronouncements, but the same-day numbers released Wednesday by Nielsen were pretty impressive. In fact, “People v. O.J. Simpson” set an FX viewership record for an original drama premiere with 5.11 million viewers — eclipsing the previous same-day record of 4.83 million for the network’s first-ever drama, “The Shield.” (Several shows, including “Sons of Anarchy” and installments of “American Horror Story” have had higher season premieres.)

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In adults 18-49, “People v. O.J. Simpson” averaged a 2.0 rating,

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Review: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ Seen This Time in Double Vision

Against this well-financed club, its meetings catered with lox and whitefish from Nate’n Al of Beverly Hills, is the overtaxed yet overconfident prosecutor Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson), certain that once a jury sees the evidence and O. J.’s history of domestic violence, neither race nor celebrity will matter. She’s driven, idealistic, blinded, doomed.

Docufiction may seem an odd fit for Mr. Murphy, known for carving the exquisite gargoyles of “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens.” But Mr. Murphy, a former journalist, has a reporter’s impulse to document the way we live and a moralist’s zeal about society’s obsession with fame and appearance. (His “Nip/Tuck” used plastic surgery to examine self-loathing; “Glee” began with Rachel Berry’s declaration that “being anonymous is worse than being poor.”)

“The People” shifts tones nimbly. When Mr. Cochran stages Mr. Simpson’s house for a walk-through by the largely black jury — removing

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