Man confessed to 90 killings in effort to move prisons

Is This Man the United States' Most Prolific Serial Killer?

Samuel Little: 78-year-old man confesses to 90 killings

The FBI believe Samuel Little, who is 78, may be among the most prolific serial killers in USA criminal history.

According to Bland, in Texas, Little eventually confessed to the murder of Denise Christie Brothers in Odessa and later admitted to Texas Ranger James Holland that he had murdered dozens more women between 1970 and 2005. However, he did serve out a sentence for assaulting a woman in Missouri and for the assault and false imprisonment of a woman in San Diego. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials say in a statement, "there are clear signs of a dark, violent streak among his many shoplifting, fraud, drug, solicitation, and breaking and entering charges". They released a map to the public on Tuesday which shows where and who Little claimed to have killed.

Omaha detectives are looking into her death and trying to find relatives who might be able to help connect any missing pieces to cold case from the 1970s.

The murder convictions led to Little being referred to the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) - a scheme that works to analyse serial offenders of violent and sexual crimes, and share information with local law enforcement agencies to cross-reference unsolved crimes.

From the time Little dropped out of high school and left his OH home in the late 1950s, he lived a nomadic life.

According to his confessions, Little, who is in a wheelchair and suffers from heart disease and diabetes, strangled dozens of vulnerable women he picked up in bars, clubs and on the streets.

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Little was convicted in 2014 in the murders of three women in the Los Angeles area during the 1980s.

"A Jane Doe who turned up dead in an alley in New Orleans may look like an isolated event", said ViCAP supervisory crime analyst Kevin Fitzsimmons.

Little has a meticulous memory for his crimes, reportedly describing in detail where he left women's bodies.

In nearly every case, investigators say he targeted prostitutes and drug addicts - "women that wouldn't be missed", as one detective put it.

Over the course of the next several months, Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, cooperated with authorities, and provided additional details on approximately 90 slayings that Little said he committed, according to Bland.

The FBI reports that, though they have confirmed 34 of his confessions, many more remain uncorroborated, the Tennessee killings included.

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One of the major difficulties in tracking down the cases is that some of the women were never identified and their cases were not investigated as homicides, often considered overdoses or accidents. "Jackson, Mississippi - one; Cincinnati, Ohio - one; Phoenix, Arizona - three; Las Vegas, Nevada-one.' Palazzolo said", AFP reports.

Palazzo and Williamson said the cases that were recorded in ViCAP made for early and easy connections.

Texas Ranger James Holland has been conducting almost daily interviews with Little, while Palazzolo and Williamson are examining mortuary records, death certificates and cold case files, trying to gather as much detail as they can to see if other unsolved murder cases can finally be closed.

Little, a former boxer, would punch the victims until they were unconscious, strangle them, dump the bodies and leave town, detectives in Texas said.

After his confession, Little got his wish and was transferred to a prison in Texas, where he will likely stay until his death. A full list of Little's unmatched confessions can be found on the FBI's website.

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