Samuel Little: 78-year-old man confesses to 90 killings

Is This Man the United States' Most Prolific Serial Killer?

Is This Man the United States' Most Prolific Serial Killer?

Perhaps the most lethal serial killer in US history has been revealed at a state prison in Texas, where 74-year-old Samuel Little has confessed to a total of 90 murders between 1970 and 2005.

Samuel Little, 78, has reportedly told investigators that he committed almost 100 murders from 1970 to 2005 in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina, NBC News reports.

"Little is unique in that modern day serial murderers rarely travel the distances he claims to have traversed and instead select vulnerable victims from their own communities", Yaksic said.

Little had also served time for assaulting a woman in Missouri and assaulting and falsely imprisoning of a woman in San Diego. The FBI said he has a long history of contact with law enforcement, including shoplifting, fraud, drug, solicitation, and burglary charges.

The FBI released this information, but the GBI and Dade County haven't heard from them and they are hoping to find out more about what other evidence FBI has. They released a map to the public on Tuesday which shows where and who Little claimed to have killed.

The stories that Little began to tell about his many alleged murders - mostly women, and most by strangulation - are nearly unbelievable.

One of Little's confessions involves the fatal shooting of a woman in Richland County, South Carolina, more than 40 years ago, the AP reported.

Little had previously been linked to sex workers' deaths by strangulation in MS and Florida in the early 1980s, but, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he "escaped indictment in MS and conviction in Florida".

A Texas Ranger, James Holland, traveled to California earlier this year to interview Little about the 1994 Odessa killing.




"The biggest lesson in this case is the power of information sharing", said Kevin Fitzsimmons, ViCAP's Supervisory Crime Analyst.

Today, Little is talking in great detail about his deadly sins, and the authorities have already been able to confirm 34 killings with more cases pending.

FBI investigators say Little, a former competitive boxer, typically beat and strangled women, many of whom were already vulnerable members of the community, involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs.

Based on the positive match to the L.A. murders, the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program "found a case out of Odessa, Texas, that sounded very much like him, and we could place him passing through the area around the same time", said ViCAP crime analyst Christina Palazzolo.

Little is serving a life sentence for strangling three women in Los Angeles in the late 80s. He has confessed to scores of other murders throughout the US dating back to at least the 1970s. "Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths investigated". Little has confessed to killing 90 people, but so far investigators have only confirmed 36 of the killings.

"Over the course of that interview in May", said Palazzolo. "Jackson, Mississippi-one; Cincinnati, Ohio-one; Phoenix, Arizona-three; Las Vegas, Nevada-one".

The FBI says Little remains in poor health and will likely stay in Texas prison until his death.

A one-time competitive boxer, he used that to his advantage as his method of killing didn't always leave signs that the death was a homicide.

The FBI also noted that many of Little's alleged killings "were not classified as homicides but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents, or natural causes".

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