#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: The inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said: Samuel Little, who has been behind bars since 2012, told investigators last year that he was responsible for about 90 killings nationwide between 1970 and 2005. In a news release on Sunday, the FBI announced that federal crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible, and officials have been able to verify 50 confessions so far.
Investigators also provided new information and details about five cases in Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, Nevada and Louisiana: The 79-year-old Little is serving multiple life sentences in California. He says he strangled his 93 victims, nearly all of them women…………..Some of his victims were on the margins of society. Many were originally deemed overdoses, or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes. Some bodies were never found.
The FBI provided 30 drawings of some of his victims — color portraits that were drawn by Little himself in prison. They are haunting portraits, mostly of black women…………………The agency also provided videos taken during prison interviews with Little. He described how he spoke about a woman he strangled in 1993 — and how he rolled her down a slope on a desolate road………….“I heard a secondary road noise and that meant she was still rolling,” he said……………..In another video, he described a victim in New Orleans. “She was pretty. Light colored, honey brown skin,” he said with a small smile. “She was tall for a woman. Beautiful shape. And, uh, friendly.”……………………..It was 1982, and they met in a club. She left with him in his Lincoln, and they parked by a bayou…………………..“That’s the only one that I ever killed by drowning,” he said.
Investigators around the country are still trying to piece together his confessions with unidentified remains and unsolved cases from decades past: In August , he pleaded guilty to murdering four women in Ohio. He was convicted in California of three slayings in 2013 and pleaded guilty to another killing last year in Texas: Little, who often went by the name Samuel McDowell, grew up with his grandmother in Lorain, Ohio. He was described by investigators as a transient and former boxer who traveled the country preying on drug addicts, troubled women and others.
Authorities in Knox County, Tennessee, said Monday that a woman named Martha Cunningham was likely a victim of Little’s: The Knoxville News Sentinel reported in December that a cold case investigator with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office had identified the victim who Little called “Martha.” The Knoxville mother’s body was found in a wooded area in eastern Knox County in 1975.
Cunningham’s body was found by a pair of hunters on the afternoon of Jan. 18, 1975: She was bruised and nude from the waist down; her pantyhose and girdle bunched around her knees…………..Her purse and some of her jewelry were missing………………. Her body appeared to have been dragged into the woods and dumped behind a pine tree, authorities said at the time……….Despite that evidence, detectives at the time attributed Cunningham’s death to natural causes within a day of the discovery. The medical examiner’s investigative report lists the probable cause of death as “unknown.”………………………Cunningham was a talented singer and pianist who grew up performing with her parents and her six younger siblings in a gospel group known as the Happy Home Jubilee Singers………………….Law enforcement in Tennessee had Little in custody 19 years after Cunningham’s body was found……………..Little was convicted of misdemeanor larceny in 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee, and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation criminal records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
(CNN/CBS/WJZ) — Samuel Little confessed to strangling 93 victims between 1970 and 2005 last year, including a woman in Laurel, Maryland. That’s more than were committed by Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer combined……………..Now, the FBI is asking the public to help identify more victims of the man they say is America’s most prolific serial killer…………………….Little targeted women, often of marginalized and vulnerable groups, many who were involved in prostitution or suffering from drug addiction……………Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths un-investigated…………………………………The FBI is hoping to change that.
“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” said ViCAP Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo in a statement. “Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim—to close every case possible.”…………….That’s where the public comes in. FBI crime analysts believe all of Little’s 93 confessions are credible, but so far they’ve only been able to verify 50 of them………….They’ve released information about five cases on the agency’s website, “in hopes that someone may remember a detail that could further the investigation.”…………Each case presented is accompanied by a video of Little explaining the incident and a hand-drawn photo by Little of the woman.
The FBI has used this strategy before, releasing 16 victim portraits Little drew in February.
Samuel Little, 79, confessed to strangling 93 victims between 1970 and 2005 last year — triple the number of victims that Ted Bundy confessed to killing.
Little is currently serving three life sentences in California. Before FBI agents knew about his connection to these dozens of murders, Little was already imprisoned for beating and strangling three women: Then, in 2018, agents noticed his name popping up in connection to other unsolved murders across the country — especially to one in Odessa, Texas. Texas Ranger James Holland and two FBI crime analysts traveled to California to interview Little over the course of May 2018……………..Eventually, Little confessed to killing about 90……………..Ranger James Holland coaxed the 79-year-old serial killer, Samuel Little, into revealing his life’s work
Holland spoke to CBS Evening News about how he coaxed the 79-year-old into revealing his life’s work. The confessions have enabled investigators across the country to solve dozens of cold cases, but Holland needs help to match up the rest: A year and a half ago, Holland had never heard of Samuel Little. Little was rotting away in this prison at the edge of California’s Mojave Desert, sentenced to three life terms in 2014 for strangling three women. In court, prosecutors had labeled Little a sexual predator. He denied everything and was defiant to the end.
But the FBI noted that Little had somehow skirted charges for violent crimes year after year in state after state in places where women disappeared, including Texas. That drew the interest of Ranger James Holland, a skilled interviewer who says he’s convinced dozens of killers to confess during his career.
One of Little’s alleged victims was murdered in Maryland. Last year, Little drew a sketch of the woman.
Samuel Little’s drawing of the Laurel victim.
#AceNewsDesk reports ………………Published: Oct.08: 2019: KTLA, PIX11News, WJZ, CNN, CBS local
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