Samuel Little: Prolific serial killer linked to 93 murders dies at 80

A serial killer who confessed to 93 murders while serving a life sentence in California for killing three women in the 1980s reportedly died on Wednesday.

Samuel Little, 80, reportedly had diabetes, heart issues, and other medical ailments and died at a Los Angeles hospital. California corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters told the Los Angeles Times that foul play does not appear to be involved in Little’s death but a coroner will make a final determination.

According to the news outlet, investigators have confirmed Little’s role in nearly 60 murders. Before his death, he allegedly confessed to 93 murders — which occurred in 19 states from 1970 to 2005.

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From behind bars, Little drew detailed pictures of at least 50 of his alleged victims. He reportedly also provided detectives with specific details about the victims’ physical features and where the slayings transpired.

Despite this, Little was only convicted of three murders that occurred in California in the 1980s. The Times reported that his DNA was entered into a database following a 2012 arrest on drug charges. His DNA was subsequently linked to the slayings, resulting in his conviction in 2014.

Little was a drifter from Ohio who targeted prostitutes and drug addicts. Investigators initially misclassified some of the murder victims’ deaths as overdoses; in other instances, they could not ascertain a cause of death.

Little reportedly strangled his victims. He told police his last murder was in 2005 in Mississippi.

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[Featured image: Samuel Little/AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File]