FBI confirms: Samuel Little is most prolific serial killer in US history, with at least 50 victims

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Samuel Little listens as he is sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s, in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the man who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

The FBI said Samuel Little confessed to 93 murders. 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 between 1970 and 2005.

Many of his victims were originally deemed overdoses, or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes. Some bodies were never found.

Little, an elderly California prison inmate, has confessed to committing 93 stranglings of women and transgender women during a decades-long rampage from Florida to Southern California.

The FBI also released video of Little discussing five of his uncorroborated confessions. Here are the five cases:


Little said he met an 18-year-old black transgender woman in Miami in a bar known as “The Pool” or “Pool Place” in 1971 or 1972. The woman told Little her name was “Marianne,” and she had a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend named “Wes.” Marianne lived with several other transgender women somewhere near the neighborhoods of Liberty City and Brownsville.

Little drove Marianne in his gold Pontiac to get some Magic Shave. He pulled off Highway 27 into what may have been a sugarcane field and strangled her. He dumped her body off a dirt road that led to a swamp.

North Little Rock, Ark.

In the early 1990s, Little said he picked up a black woman at a soup kitchen in Little Rock. He believed the woman was 24 and named Ruth and had a husband or boyfriend named Walter or Wally. She helped him shoplift from a grocery store and fence the stolen goods.

Police records show Little was arrested for shoplifting by North Little Rock police on April 20, 1994, at a Kroger store, the FBI says. After Little was released from custody, he figured out she had informed on him to the police. Just after they drove out of Little Rock, Little pulled off the interstate onto a dirt road, strangled the woman and left her body on a pile of debris in or near a cornfield.

Northern Kentucky

Little says he killed a “hippie-like” white woman in northern Kentucky, possibly in the 1980s. He was fooling around with the trunk of his Lincoln Continental Mark II in the parking lot of a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, when the woman approached and asked him where he was going. He told her he was heading to Florida. She asked for a ride to Miami, where her mother lived.

Little said they drove for a bit. Not far from Interstate 75, he drove down a dirt road that wound up a hill. He pulled over, strangled her and left her body there.

Las Vegas

In 1993, Little says, he killed a prostitute in Las Vegas. Driving his yellow Cadillac Eldorado, he picked up the woman on Owens Avenue. She was in her 40s and her adult son was hanging out nearby.

He took the woman to his motel, where he strangled her. He dumped her body on the side of a road leading to Searchlight, Nev., and said he heard it crash through bushes down a hill.

New Orleans

In the early 1980s, Little said, he killed a black woman he had met at a birthday party for one of her friends in New Orleans. The woman mentioned that she lived with her disabled mother.

Little drove the woman to the Little Woods area, dragged her to a canal that was being dredged and choked her facedown in the water, where he left her corpse.

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