Louisiana February 16, 2019
A Serial Killer Has Confessed To 3 Murders In Louisiana And The FBI Needs Your Help
One of the most prolific serial killers in American history is sitting in a Los Angeles prison, but you’ve probably never heard of him. He has confessed to 93 murders across the country between 1970 and 2005, but now the 78-year-old man is helping authorities to identify his victims. Many of these women are Jane Does – and the FBI needs your help in solving these cold cases.
In 2012, Samuel Little was arrested at a homeless shelter in Kentucky and extradited to California, where there was an open warrant for his arrest related to a drug charge.
Law enforcement had no idea that this simple charge would open up the doors to a string of unsolved murders across the country.
While in California, the LAPD ran his DNA through the system and found that he was a match to three unsolved homicides committed between 1987-89.
In 2014, he was charged with three counts of murder and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole.
After finding a DNA match, the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) did a full background on him.
They found a startling pattern and potential matches to several other murders across the country. ViCAP reached out to the Texas Rangers with one very strong link, and in 2018, members of ViCAP along with Texas Rangers flew out to California to meet with Little to interview him.
Little wanted to move prisons, and in exchange for a move, he was willing to talk to authorities.
During the interview, Little confessed to 93 murders. He went state by state, city by city, telling authorities how many people he killed in each place. He remembers his victims in great detail and has drawn pictures of many of the women he killed to help identify them. Unfortunately, he is less clear when it comes to dates, making it difficult for ViCAP to verify his claims.
So far, authorities have confirmed 34 of Little’s 93 murder confessions.
As Little explained his horrifying methods, it became clear on how he was able to escape the law for so many years. After Little dropped out of high school in the late 1950s, he left his home in Ohio and bounced from one place to another. He would never stay in one town for very long - just long enough to steal money for drugs and alcohol. Staggeringly, Little had been arrested nearly 100 times in different since the 1960s for charges ranging from armed robbery to kidnapping to kidnapping; however, he served less than 10 years collectively for all of these crimes.
During interviews, Little described how he intentionally targeted marginalized women, especially prostitutes with drug addictions. Often, these victims would go unidentified and their deaths would never be investigated, so Little was able to outrun the law for quite some time.
How he killed his victims was also terrifyingly intentional.
He would usually knock out his victims with powerful blows to the head and then strangle them. Without any bullet wounds, stab marks, or signs of a struggle, many of these deaths were classified as drug overdoses or accidents. Combine that with the lack of DNA technology in the 1970s-1980s and Little’s nomadic lifestyle, it’s not hard to see how he was able to get away with murder for so long. Until now.
The FBI needs your help in trying to solve these cold cases. Little has confessed to 93 murders across the country, complete with locations and a few details that he could remember. Recently, the FBI released a series of 16 detailed sketches drawn by Little in hopes of identifying the unnamed victims pictured. The sketches have already helped authorities identify a few of the victims.
Of his shocking serial murders, Little confessed to three unsolved killings in Louisiana: two in New Orleans and one in Monroe.
The first victim was an African American female killed in 1973. She is thought to have worked at a restaurant in New Orleans.
The second confession was for another New Orleanian victim; a white female who was killed in 1982.
The Monroe murder victim was an African American female thought to be around 24 years old at the time of her death. Little drew the sketch of this victim (shown above) and told authorities that he killed her sometime between 1987 and the early 1990s.
For more information regarding the case, click here. If you believe you have information related to these murders, contact ViCAP by calling 1-800-634-4097.