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Could This Convicted Murderer Actually Be One Of America's Most Prolific Serial Killers?

Samuel Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, is serving three life sentences for strangling three women in the Los Angeles area from 1987 to 1989, but investigators say he's confessed to more than 90 killings.

By Gina Tron

Could a convicted murderer, who has already been found guilty of killing three women in California and charged with murdering a woman in Texas, actually be a horrifyingly driven serial killer connected to more than 90 slayings over three decades?

Investigators in Texas seem to think so, and they are now trying to determine the extent of a murder spree that might be much worse than previously thought.

Samuel Little, 78, has reportedly told investigators that he committed nearly 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.

If the claim is true, it would make Little “one of, if not the most, prolific serial killers in U.S. history," according to a statement from Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.

Bland claimed that a good portion of the murders did actually happen.

“He has confessed to over 90 murders in this country and over 30 of those have been confirmed so far,” Bland said in an interview with NBC News.

No information has been released about those cases.

Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, was convicted in 2014 of strangling three women in California from 1987 to 1989, according to a 2014 report by NBC Los Angeles. He dumped their bodies in alley ways around the Los Angeles areas.

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Little was caught after DNA from the victims' clothing matched Little's DNA profile.

He is serving three life sentences for those crimes.

Earlier this year, he was charged with the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers in Texas, a murder he allegedly admitted to, according to CBS7 in Midland, Texas.

Little has a court appearance scheduled for Nov. 26.

[Photo: Wise County Sheriff’s Office]