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Author Confronts Serial Killer Samuel Little Along With The Issues That Allowed Him To Keep Murdering For Decades

Jillian Lauren, who has written at length about her time as a sex worker, confronted serial killer Samuel Little before his death about the women he killed.  

By Gina Tron
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An upcoming Starz network docuseries chronicles the complex relationship between an author who was previously a sex worker and a serial killer who targeted and killed women in her prior profession over 35 years across over a dozen states.

“Confronting a Serial Killer” details how author Jillian Lauren confronted serial killer Samuel Little, and how she fought to identify many of his unknown victims before his death in 2020

Little confessed to killing 93 people in 14 different states across the country from 1970 to 2005. He had spent the last few years of his life assisting in closing cases and identifying his victims with authorities. Little told federal authorities that he mostly killed his victims by strangulation.

Little died late last year at age 80 — but beforehand, Lauren struck up an unlikely relationship with him to help give some of his unknown victims their names back. 

Lauren, whose New York Times best-selling 2010 memoir “Girls: My Life in a Harem” details her relationship with Prince of Brunei Jefri Bolkiah, pushes for justice for Little’s victims as she reflects on her own past of abuse, sex work, and addiction issues, Deadline reports.

In addition to viewing Little from Lauren’s perspective, the series also includes interviews with several female investigators, relatives of victims, and some of those who survived Little’s attacks.

The FBI stated in 2018 that “Little chose to kill marginalized and vulnerable women” who were often struggled with addiction and in sex work, which resulted in many of their cases going cold or unsolved. He mostly seemed to target women of color.

“I don’t feel she was important enough to investigate,” a Black woman notes about one of the victims in a docuseries trailer.

Another woman also notes in the trailer that Little “would have never” gained the title of most prolific serial killer “if the system dealt with him correctly."

“Confronting a Serial Killer” also promises to delve into some of the systemic issues — from sexism dehumanization of sex workers and people in poverty — in its five-episode run. The series is directed and executive produced by Joe Berlinger, the filmmaker behind “ Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and the “Paradise Lost” trilogy. The docuseries debuts on Starz on April 18.