The man who may very well be America's deadliest serial killer has now been officially linked to another murder, the 1973 killing of a woman in Nebraska.
Last year, Samuel Little, 78, told federal authorities he'd committed nearly 100 murders across the country from 1970 to 2005. He'd previously been convicted in 2014 of strangling three women in Los Angeles during the 1980s and was serving a life sentence when he made the startling confession in exchange for a prison transfer.
Since then, authorities have been working to verify those claims and identify the victims. Authorities soon corroborated his involvement in 34 killings, with “many more pending confirmation,” according to the FBI. Late last year, the FBI released a map showing who Little claimed to have killed and where. Since then, eight more cases had been confirmed or matched to open cases and one formerly unmatched confession had been matched to a Jane Done, the FBI stated.
Now, Little has been officially linked to the murder of a woman in South Omaha, a killing which was previously considered unsolved. Agatha White Buffalo, 34, had been strangled and her body found shoved into a barrel, according to WOWT in Omaha. She’s one of the women Little has confessed to killing and now Omaha Police say her murder has been classified as "exceptionally cleared,” with Little considered to be her killer.
Officials believe that White Buffalo lived on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, according to the Omaha World-Herald. A man found her body, which was upside down inside the barrel, as he was loading it and other barrels into a truck.
White Buffalo is not one of the 16 sketches Little recently drew of victims he has claimed to have killed.
Little has confessed to murders in 37 cities — 18 in Los Angeles alone.
The possible victims include a 16-year-old boy killed in Jackson, Mississippi in 1984 and 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 last year. “Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths uninvestigated.”
Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, has claimed victims in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina.
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