Samuel Little most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, Federal Bureau of Investigation says
- Author: Delia Davidson Oct 09, 2019,
Oct 09, 2019, 0:41
Little has been serving a triple life sentence since 2014 for three murders, and has since been accused and indicted with murdering multiple other women.
The FBI has labeled Samuel Little "the most prolific serial killer in USA history" after verifying 50 of the 93 murders to which he confessed, and now the agency is asking for the public's help in identifying his victims.
In one of the five cases the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking public assistance to solve, Little describes meeting a young black transgender woman named Marianne or Mary Ann in Miami, Florida, in the early 70s.
The FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program crime analyst Christie Palazzolo said: "For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims".
In the spring of 2018, Samuel Little, already in jail for life for killing three people, confessed to strangling 90 people to death between 1970 and 2005.
Many of his victims were originally deemed as dying by overdoses or were deemed as accidental or undetermined causes.
His case, featured on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, has offered a frightening look inside the mind of a killer and the wrongheaded assumptions on the part of law enforcement that enabled him to escape justice for so long. Some bodies have never been found, the agency said.
Little targeted vulnerable individuals, mostly black women, many of whom were sex workers or drug users, officials say.
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Records show that Little was arrested in 1994 for shoplifting at a North Little Rock Kroger.
Little was previously named as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history in June 2019 by attorneys in the Ector County District, Texas, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation status officially confirms the pronouncement.
Little said this victim was aged between 30 and 40 and he killed her in 1982.
Holland conducted interviews with Little over a period of 700 hours recording his confessions that would total more victims than Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer combined.
The 3rd district state attorney's office says a Taylor County grand jury indicted Little in April for the death of Ruby Lane 26 years ago.
In a 2018 prison interview with NY magazine's website The Cut, Little said he considered his victims his "babies".
In August, Little pleaded guilty to murdering four women in Ohio.
Authorities in Knox County, Tennessee, said Monday that a woman named Martha Cunningham was likely a victim of Little's.