The feds say that makes Samuel Little, 79, the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
Little’s murder spree reportedly ran from 1970 to 2005, and the FBI has set up a website detailing those of his confessions that have yet to be confirmed, with videos of the confessions and Little’s sketches of his victims.
As early as 1961, Little was arrested and served time for a variety of crimes from driving under the influence and breaking and entering to assault and rape. But it wasn’t until 1982 that he was charged with murder: the death of Melinda LePree in Pascagoula, Mississippi. A grand jury declined to indict him, but during that investigation he was transferred to Florida, where he stood trial for the murder of Patricia Mount and was acquitted.
In 2012, Little was arrested at a homeless shelter in Kentucky and extradited to Los Angeles, where he was wanted on a drug charge. And there, detectives linked his DNA to the deaths of Carol Alford, 41; Audrey Nelson, 35; and Apodaca, 46, all beaten and strangled between 1987 and 1989, their bodies left in out of the way places. He maintained his innocence at the time, even screaming at a victim’s family member at the sentencing in 2014.
By then, detectives had begun to link Little to crimes elsewhere in southern California — and across the country, and in May 2018, Little told a Texas Ranger that he had killed Denise Christie Brothers in Odessa, Texas, in 1994. He was charged with that murder six months later and pleaded guilty in December, receiving his fourth life sentence.
The flood gates opened with that May confession, and Little eventually admitted he’d killed more than 90 women, beating and strangling them. Investigators have been piecing together the long trail, with crime scenes from southern California to southern Florida and as far north as northern Ohio. Some of the confessions were unsolved cases, some were cases in which the victim’s body had not been found.
The FBI’s website has the sketches and confessions he’s made, with as much detail as investigators have been able to find. They’re hoping people who knew some of these women can help close the cases.
Anyone with information linked to Little’s confessions, should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit at tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
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[Featured image: Two of Little’s sketches/FBI]