Samuel Little: 78-year-old man confesses to 90 killings
TEXAS — A 78-year-old man has confessed to 90 killings, and investigators are saying he could be one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.
Samuel Little is currently being held in a Texas prison. Investigators have confirmed 34 cases so far, and the FBI said in a news release Tuesday that more are pending confirmation.
The killings Little has claimed responsibility for include a black female in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1974 and a white female in Covington, Kentucky in 1984, according to the FBI. Little said he met that second victim in Columbus, Ohio and disposed of her body somewhere in Northern Kentucky. Neither of those confessions had been corroborated by law enforcement as of Nov. 15.
The women Little confessed to killing turned up dead between 1970 and 2005 in states from coast to coast, according to the FBI.
Little was serving three consecutive life sentences in California for murdering three women in the late 1980s when investigators realized that a Texas cold case sounded like a Little murder.
The former competitive boxer usually knocked out and then strangled his victims. When the ingredients of a recipe are mixed together, and put on the hob to boil, different flavors bubble to the surface. The horror filled dish that is Samuel Little has only recently – in November of 2018, in fact – started to reveal its full range of unpleasant attacks on our senses. Little has confessed and described in great lengths 90 murders.
In some cases, Little remembered their age, name, where they met and where he dumped the body.
The report identified that DNA evidence was not available or could not produce a clear link back to Little. Since a large number of killings occurred in 1970-1980 before DNA profiling was regularly used.
For this reason, 60 victims are marked as Jane Doe.
It was Little’s confession that brought him back to West Texas more than two decades after the reported killing of Denise Brothers back in 1994. Though decades had passed, it appeared Little remembered much in detail.
County detectives said Little described the signs he saw, the dirt roads he drove and the U-turn he took before precisely pinpointing for them where he left the woman’s body. The details all matched what police knew about the site.
No charges have been filed in the Maryland death.”People for years have been trying to get a confession out of him and James Holland is the one who finally got him.”
This FBI map shows the locations where Samuel Little killed young women, according to his confessions.
Still, the stunning confessions could make Little the most prolific serial killer in US history if convicted, according to Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.
“There’s been a lot of cooperation for law enforcement across the country as Texas Rangers are in the process of verifying the murders,” Bland told CNN.
Little targeted marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution or addicted to drugs, the FBI article said. Palazzolo and Angela Williamson, a Justice Department senior policy advisory and ViCAP liaison, who both spoke to Little, said that he remembered great detail from the killings.
He remembered where he was, what car he was driving and could even draw pictures of the women he killed, the FBI said. He was less reliable on the dates of those incidents, however, the FBI said.
CNN has reached out to E.J. Leach, the attorney representing Little in the Texas case, and has not yet received a response.
How he got here
Little is serving three consecutive life sentences for murders he committed in Los Angeles County, according to Bland.
In the story on its website, the FBI said Little has previously faced shoplifting, fraud, drug, solicitation and breaking and entering charges in the past.
In September 2012, he was arrested at a Kentucky homeless shelter and extradited to California, where he was wanted on a narcotics charge, the FBI said. Once he was in custody, Los Angeles Police Department detectives obtained a DNA match to Little on the victims in three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989 and charged him with three counts of murder, the FBI said.
The victims, all women, had been beaten and then strangled, and their bodies were dumped in an alley, a dumpster and a garage, the FBI said. He pleaded his innocence but was convicted in 2014, the FBI said.
Authorities in Los Angeles passed his DNA on to the FBI’s ViCAP program to get a full background on him, and ViCAP then reached out to the Texas Rangers to look into the killing of Denise Christie Brothers in Odessa.
Bland said Little provided details indicating that he was responsible for the death of Brothers, who was found strangled to death in a vacant parking lot two blocks away from a motel in January 1994.
A grand jury returned an indictment against Little, according to Bland, on July 16. Little was extradited from California to Texas to face charges in the Brothers case. He appeared in Ector County court on Monday, CNN affiliate KWES reported. A status hearing is set for two weeks.