The FBI has released an extensive list and map pertaining to the homicidal claims made by a convicted murderer who is now claiming to be America’s most prolific active killer.
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.
The FBI is currently working with dozens of other agencies to confirm Little’s confessions with evidence.
Of some of his more recent claims to murder, police corroborated his involvement in 34 of those cases, with “many more pending confirmation,” according to the FBI. They released a map to the public on Tuesday which shows where and who Little claimed to have killed.
He has confessed to murders in 37 cities — 18 of which occurred in Los Angeles.
The possible victims range from a 16-year-old boy killed in Jackson, Mississippi in 1984 to a 50-year-old Los Angeles woman called “Granny” in 1987.
“Little chose to kill marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs,” the FBI said in a Tuesday release. “Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths uninvestigated.”
The FBI noted that Little remembers his victims and the killings quite vividly.
“He remembers where he was, and what car he was driving,” the FBI stated. “He draws pictures of many of the women he killed,” adding that Little is a little less reliable when it comes to remembering dates of such killings, however.
In addition to selecting victims from marginalized and often ignored sects of society, the FBI said he got away with murder for so long because of his nomadic lifestyle. The bureau added that he would drive from New Jersey to California in a matter of days, “and when he had his many run-ins with police, they often just wanted to shoo him out of town.”
The FBI said that Little’s run-ins with the law date back to 1956 and they range from shoplifting to breaking and entering.
“But law enforcement has only recently begun unraveling the true extent of his crimes,” it said.
Previously, 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 alleyways around the Los Angeles areas. He is serving three life sentences for those crimes.
“In all three cases, the women had been beaten and then strangled, their bodies dumped in an alley, a dumpster, and a garage,” the FBI said. “Little asserted his innocence throughout his trial — even as a string of women testifying for the prosecution told of narrowly surviving similarly violent encounters with Little.”
Earlier this year, he was charged with the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers in Texas, a murder he admitted to, according to CBS7 in Midland, Texas.
If the FBI, along with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Texas Rangers and dozens of state and local agencies can corroborate Little’s claims, he will likely be known as may be known "among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history," the FBI said.
As of now, the most prolific serial killer to date is Gary Ridgway, who was convicted of 49 murders.
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