A murderer by name Samuel Little has been confirmed by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
This is coming five years after analysts with the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) began linking cases to the convicted murderer and nearly 18 months after a Texas Ranger began to elicit from him a breathtaking number of confessions.
Little has confessed to 93 murders, and FBI crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible.‘Law enforcement has been able to verify 50 confessions, with many more pending final confirmations’, the FBI said.
Little says he strangled his 93 victims between 1970 and 2005. Many of his victims’ deaths, however, were originally ruled overdoses or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes. Some bodies were never found.
“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” said ViCAP Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo. “Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim—to close every case possible.”
The FBI is also asking for the public’s help in matching the remaining unconfirmed confessions. ViCAP, with the support of the Texas Rangers, has provided additional information and details about five cases in hopes that someone may remember a detail that could further the investigation.
Little is currently serving multiple life sentences in a California prison – where he has drawn color portraits of his victims, many of whom were black women.
Authorities have released 30 of the photos. The FBI also provided videos taken during prison interviews with Little. In one of the videos, Little describes how he strangled a woman in 1993 then rolled her down a slope onto a desolated road.
Little said: ‘I heard a secondary road noise and that meant she was still rolling.’ In another video, he describes a different victim from New Orleans, saying: ‘She was pretty. Light-colored, honey brown skill. She was tall for a woman. Beautiful shape. And, uh, friendly.’
Little told investigators that he met the woman in a club and she later left with him in his Lincoln. They drove to a bayou, according to Little. He said: ‘That’s the only one that I ever killed by drowning,’ he said. Investigators are still trying to cross-reference Little’s confessions with unidentified remains and unsolved cases from the past decades.