FBI 'Unraveling True Extent' of Convicted Killer's Crimes After he Confesses to 90 Murders
A man currently sitting in a Texas prison may be "among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history," according to a stunning FBI report released this week.
Samuel Little, 78, has told investigators he may have committed as many as 90 murders and authorities have evidence of his ties to 36 of them so far, the FBI said. Little, who is already serving multiple life sentences, began speaking to investigators last spring in exchange for a prison transfer after losing an appeal, the Associated Press reported.
The FBI said it is now working with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Texas Rangers and dozens of other state and local law enforcement agencies to "to match Little’s confessions with evidence from women who turned up dead in states from California to Florida between 1970 and 2005." Little is in poor health and will likely die in prison, the FBI said, so investigators are racing to identify as many of his victims as possible and help close these unsolved cases.
Little's life of crime spanned decades, according to the FBI. After dropping out of high school in Ohio, Little "lived a nomadic life" and was first arrested in 1956, according to the FBI. He displayed a "dark, violent streak" in his many crimes, which included shoplifting, fraud, drug charges, solicitation, and breaking and entering, the FBI said.
In 2012, Little was arrested at a Kentucky homeless shelter and extradited to California on a narcotics charge, the FBI said. That's when police in Los Angeles matched his DNA to three unsolved murders from the late 1980s in which all three women were killed the same way, according to the FBI.
"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 in its report.
After linking his DNA to those crimes, police in Los Angeles asked the bureau's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) for a full background report on Little, and "the FBI found an alarming pattern and compelling links to many more murders," according to the report. Authorities are using the same program to help connect the dots on other crimes.