Man confessed to 90 killings in effort to move prisons

Man confessed to 90 killings in effort to move prisons

A 78-year-old man has confessed to 90 killings, and investigators are saying he could be one of the most prolific serial killers in USA history.

Convicted murderer Samuel Little, 78, now claims to have murdered more than 90 women across the country between 1970 and 2005.

Bobby Bland, district attorney of Ector County where Little is being held, said: "Little will be confirmed as one of, if not the most, prolific serial killers in U.S. history". 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. He escaped prosecution and conviction a couple of times, even as several women escaped him.

"At that time frame, through societal ways, we just didn't believe prostitutes when they cried rape", Versiga said. A former boxer, he would beat his victims before strangling them, in one case punching a woman so hard in the stomach that he broke her spine.

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. Little was convicted four years ago over the deaths years earlier of the three women in Los Angeles area.

The killings Little has claimed responsibility for include a black female in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1974 and a white female in Covington, Kentucky in 1984, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Little had been charged with murdering women in MS and Florida, but was not indicted in MS nor convicted in Florida.

After Holland interviewed Little, he was indicted for the Odessa homicide and extradited to Texas a few months later.

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"The biggest lesson in this case is the power of information sharing", said Kevin Fitzsimmons, ViCAP's Supervisory Crime Analyst.

"Little remembers his victims and the killings in great detail".

The FBI said the challenge in connecting the dots is partly due to the fact that Little moved around frequently and often preyed on vulnerable women, some of whom were believed to be involved in the sex trade or addicted to drugs. Forty years later, Lott is still on the force and got the call from officials in Texas that Little had confessed to shooting a woman in the head there, the AP reported. "Thus far, the team has confirmed 34 killings with many more pending confirmation".

"Over the course of that interview in May", said Christina Palazzolo from ViCAP, "he went through city and state and gave Ranger Holland the number of people he killed in each place. Jackson, Mississippi - one; Cincinnati, Ohio - one; Phoenix, Arizona - three; Las Vegas, Nevada-one.' Palazzolo said", AFP reports.

Little is serving three consecutive life sentences for murders he committed in Los Angeles County, according to Bland.

Investigators say their bodies were often left unidentified and their deaths un-investigated by authorities.

The report also says that Little also killed using methods that weren't obvious.

Prince George's County investigators say interviews with Little have convinced them that he's behind the death of a woman in 1972. "The goal now is to identify his victims and provide closure and justice in unsolved cases". The victim was able to initially escape, but Little eventually caught up to her again and strangled her to death.

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