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Samuel Little: FBI releases chilling confessions, sketches of 5 unknown victims of serial killer
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Samuel Little: FBI releases chilling confessions, sketches of 5 unknown victims of serial killer

FBI - This man is now the deadliest serial killer in US history

Samuel Little: FBI releases chilling confessions, sketches of 5 unknown victims of serial killer

FBI agents are calling Samuel Little the most prolific serial killer in American history, but many of Little’s victims remain unidentified, their faces known only through crude colored sketches drawn for authorities by their killer.

Little, 79, has confessed to murdering 93 women between 1970 and 2005. Little, a high school dropout who has lived a mostly nomadic life, is currently serving life sentences in the California State Prison for three of those killings.

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Samuel Little appears in court in Los Angeles in a March 2013 photo. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of the killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Samuel Little appears in court in Los Angeles in a March 2013 photo. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of the killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

He is diabetic, has heart disease and relies on a wheelchair to get around, The New York Times reported. Besides the three murders he is serving time for in California, Little also pleaded guilty last year to one murder in Texas and, in August, pleaded guilty to four more in Ohio. 

The FBI on Sunday announced that agents have thus far been able to link Little to 50 of the slayings he has confessed to and said the bureau’s crime analysts believe all 93 of his confessions are credible. The findings mean that Little is believed to be responsible for more killings than Gary Ridgeway, who, labeled the “Green River Killer,” was convicted in 2003 of 49 murders in Washington State in the 1980s and 1990s.

Authorities in Knox County, Tennessee, said Monday that a woman named Martha Cunningham, who was found dead in a wooded area in 1975, is likely a victim of Little, The Associated Press reported. Investigators in countless other jurisdictions are also combing their files to determine if any of their cold cases fit Little’s confessions. 

Federal investigators are meanwhile seeking the public’s help in identifying five women Little said he killed, but who have remained unaccounted for.

One of those cases is more than 45 years old.

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Pictured are some of the sketches made by Samuel Little of women he confessed to killing over a span of nearly 40 years. Little, 79, has been named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women.
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Pictured are some of the sketches made by Samuel Little of women he confessed to killing over a span of nearly 40 years. Little, 79, has been named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women.

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Federal authorities said Little targeted women who lived on the outskirts of society, some of them prostitutes and drug users.

“Little’s method of killing also didn’t always leave obvious signs that the death was a homicide,” an FBI statement said. “The one-time competitive boxer usually stunned or knocked out his victims with powerful punches and then strangled them.”

Investigators said the beatings prior to the women’s deaths were so brutal that one victim’s autopsy showed she was struck in the abdomen with such force that it broke her spine, according to The New York Times.

The bodies were often found long after the signs of strangulation would have been gone, sometimes when the remains were nothing but bones.

“With no stab marks or bullet wounds, many of these deaths were not classified as homicides, but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents or natural causes,” authorities said.

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LAPD Detective Rick Jackson examines a map in March 2013 that is dotted with locations where Samuel Little had interactions with law enforcement over the years. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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LAPD Detective Rick Jackson examines a map in March 2013 that is dotted with locations where Samuel Little had interactions with law enforcement over the years. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

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As part of their efforts, FBI officials have taken the unusual step of posting online Little’s confessions in those homicides, along with the sketches Little drew of the women based on his own recollections.

The information comes with a couple of caveats: Little’s details may be off a little -- and the killer’s confessions are chilling.

“Samuel Little’s recollection of dates is not always accurate,” FBI agents said in a statement. “He also sometimes struggles to remember the exact clothing worn by a victim. Any potential links should not be dismissed based on these two factors alone.

“The videos of Little contain references to violent acts. Viewer discretion is encouraged.”

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1972 in Miami. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1972 in Miami. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told authorities he first met Marianne, an 18- or 19-year-old transgender woman, at a bar known as the Pool or the Pool Palace in Miami around 1972. They encountered one another a few days later at another bar in Overtown, where Little said he offered to give Marianne a ride home.

Marianne, who Little said had a boyfriend named Wes, lived with roommates somewhere between Brownsville and Liberty City, according to his confession.

“When they arrived there, one of Marianne’s roommates asked them to buy a can of shaving cream, so they returned to Little’s car, a gold four-door Pontiac LeMans,” the FBI page on the case states.

In his confession, Little told agents he was driving his “stepdaddy’s” car at that time.

“Little drove Marianne north on Highway 27 and killed her on a driveway, possibly near a sugarcane field,” FBI officials said.

In his confession, Little stated that he was headed toward Fort Lauderdale when he noticed a road off of the main road, about a mile or two out of Miami.

“So, I got her out of the car,” Little told Texas Ranger James Holland, who is credited with eliciting the majority of Little’s confessions. “Pulled her out and drug her into the growth back there. And pulled her deeper into ... there’s a path, a little path that went in somewhere. I don’t know where it led to, but it running deeper into the undergrowth.

“It’s like Everglades like that, and we ran into some water running. And but before we got to the water, the earth was mushy. I turn her loose and she fell into it face down.”

Little told agents he doesn’t believe Marianne, who he dumped about 200 yards into the “thick, muddy water,” was ever found, agents said.

The killer described Marianne as good-looking, about 140 pounds and about 5 feet, 6 inches or 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1982 in New Orleans. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1982 in New Orleans. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told investigators he met a black woman with “honey-colored” skin in New Orleans in 1982, possibly in the fall of that year. By that time, he was traveling in a Lincoln Continental Mark III.

He met the woman, who he said was wearing a pretty dress with buttons on the front, at a club where she was attending a birthday party with friends and one of her two sisters.

“Her youngest sister was having a birthday party,” Little said, according to transcripts. “Her sister was dancing with this guy on the floor. And when I come in, the girl that I was with offered to dance with me.

“While we’re dancing, she says, ‘You want to go riding after this, you know, after this party’s over?’ We walked outside, and she looked and seen my car, that Lincoln. She said, ‘Woo, that’s a beautiful car, too.’ So she had me, arm in arm, walking to the car. We got in. We stopped at a gas station.”

Little said he and the woman, who told him she lived with her invalid mother, were driving along Interstate 10 toward Slidell when he saw a sign for the Little Woods exit.

“So I cut off, I took off the exit,” Little said. “And we went and that, sure enough, was a road leading me into the woods. And we went in and park. So we finally got to where we were going, and it was by a bayou, a river, a little water thing. The big, they had a machine out there in that little river.”

“Dredging?” Holland asked.

“Dredging. I grabbed her by the legs and pulled her to the water,” Little said. “That’s the only one that I ever killed by drowning.

“I left her with her head still there in the water. Half her body underwater, and the thighs and legs on the bank.”

After killing the woman, Little drove back to the motel where he was staying in Pascagoula, Mississippi, according to FBI agents.

Little described this victim as between 30 and 40 years old, weighing about 150 pounds and about 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

“She had a beautiful body on her, a beautiful 150 (pounds),” Little said in his confession. “Well put together.”

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1984 in Kentucky. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1984 in Kentucky. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told investigators he was driving his Lincoln from his hometown of Lorain, Ohio, to Cincinnati in the summer of 1984 when he met a white 25-year-old woman outside a strip club in Columbus, Kentucky. The woman asked him for a ride to Miami, where she said her mother lived.

He described her as having the aura of a hippie.

“You mentioned before that, that uh, you said she kind of had like this hippie aura to her?” Holland asked, according to transcripts.

“Yeah, she did give you a hippie feeling. I think she was some kind of hippie, yeah,” Little said.

The woman, who had short, “dishwater blonde” hair, got into Little’s car, and they drove south on Interstate 75, FBI agents said. They reached Cincinnati and spent some time on Vine Street before crossing the state line into Kentucky, where they went to Covington.

“We got to Covington, and then we continued through Covington. And there was a park that they were having a festival in,” Little said. “And she heard the music and (expletive) off the band in there. And by her being a hippie type, she ‘whoa,’ she want to get to that. But the police came over and peeked in the car. He really wanted me to move out of there.”

Little said they drove to an area not far from I-75, where he found a short road going up a hill.

“And up top, there was, uh, vegetation. There wasn’t no houses or nothing,” Little said. “So I pulled up in there and concealed the car in that little vegetation up there on top of the hill.”

Little strangled the woman in the back seat of his car, FBI officials said. He left her body on the hill, partially concealed by the vegetation.

Little remembers the woman as being somewhere between 130 and 170 pounds and about 5 feet, 6 inches or 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he claims he killed in 1993 in Las Vegas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he claims he killed in 1993 in Las Vegas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told Holland he was driving a yellow 1978 Cadillac Eldorado to Los Angeles in 1993 when he passed through Las Vegas, where he met a thin, dark-skinned black woman about 40 years old. He said he believed she had naturally short hair but was wearing a long wig.

“She’s out there hustling. I think she was a drug addict because she wouldn’t been out there,” Little said in his confession.

He said he met the woman’s son that day, on Owens Avenue in Vegas. He described it as the “black section” of the city.

“The boy came, that was her son, and she called him over there,” Little said. “And he came over and (said), ‘Hey, how you doing?’ Shook my hand and everything.”

According to FBI officials, Little confessed to taking the woman to a motel room, where he strangled her to death. He placed her body in the trunk of his Eldorado and drove to the outskirts of Vegas.

“I was headed toward California. So as I drove out of Las Vegas, I seen a motel and a road leading up to the motel,” Little said. “And a lot of bushes and brushes beside the road, before you got to that motel. That’s where I dropped her.

“Pulled her body out and rolled it down there. And I heard a secondary road noise that meant she was still rolling.”

“So, you basically roll her into a pretty big ditch that’s got a bunch of …,” Holland said.

“Well, it wasn’t a ditch. It was a slope,” Little said.

Little said the slope didn’t necessarily look like one because of the vegetation growing out of it.

“It looked like, even though, you would think that the road would just be flat, but actually the road was going down the slope way. And that’s why she rolled,” he said.

Little described the woman as about 110 to 120 pounds and about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, authorities said.

“He … threw her clothes out further down the road. It is highly likely that her body was never found,” FBI officials said.

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1994 in Arkansas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1994 in Arkansas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told Holland he met a black transient woman in Little Rock sometime between 1992 and 1994. She was about 24 years old and it may have been snowing when they met.

“Oh, man, I loved her,” Little said in his confession. “I forget her name … oh wait, I think it was Ruth. She was a heavy set, big old yellow gal. And had buck teeth. Had a gap between her teeth. That’s what it was. And she, she was light ... honey-colored skin.”

Little said he and Ruth met at a crack house, where she and about six other girls were sitting on the porch, and stayed together for about three days before he killed her.

They shoplifted together at Sears and a Kroger in North Little Rock, where Little recalled being arrested for the crime.

“Records indicate that Little was in fact arrested by North Little Rock Police Department for shoplifting from a Kroger on April 20, 1994,” according to FBI agents.

Little said he was released from jail after the Kroger manager dropped the charges so Little could move his vehicle, then either a 1978 yellow Cadillac El Dorado or a yellow Dodge, off the grocery store’s property. Ruth was apparently sleeping in the car while Little was in custody.

“I guess he got tired of her laying around on his property in that car,” Little told Holland.

According to authorities, Little said he drove the woman to meet up with her ex-boyfriend, a man called “Bear” who Little believes has since died, and then drove her to North Little Rock, where her mother lived.

The next day, Little picked Ruth up and drove toward either Benton or Bentonville.

“What’s that place where Walmart’s, uh, original store?” Little asked Holland.

Outside of Little Rock, Little said he drove down a dirt road and manually strangled Ruth to death, authorities said.

“I whipped off the road and backed into that little woods. It was a corn field back there,” Little said, according to transcripts. “I pulled through it. And on the other side was a corn field with a trash pile.

“Well, I parked the car face it out where I could see anybody coming in. So I pulled her out of the car. She’s too big for me to carry, carry her. So I just pulled her out of the car, laid her on that trash ... that was left there.”

Little said he left Ruth’s body on a pile of branches and old cornstalks. He described her as weighing about 200 pounds and standing between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

Who is Samuel Little?

Little, who was reportedly born to a prostitute mother in 1940, has a criminal history dating back to 1956, including murder accusations of which he was cleared in Florida and Mississippi. The AP reported that his first arrest was for a burglary at the age of 16.

He served time in a youth facility for that crime, the AP said.

Between 1957 and 1975, Little, who sometimes used the alias Samuel McDowell, was arrested 26 times in 11 states. The New York Times reported that, all together, Little had been arrested nearly 100 times in his lifetime.

Before his murder convictions, he had served less than 10 years in prison for those crimes.

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A timeline of booking photos of Samuel Little is shown. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of those killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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A timeline of booking photos of Samuel Little is shown. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of those killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

The charges he was booked on included shoplifting, theft, assault, rape, aggravated assault on a police officer, DUI, fraud, breaking and entering and solicitation of a prostitute, the AP said. He was convicted in 1976 of assaulting a Missouri woman, with the intent to rape her, and spent three months in a county jail.

Little was charged in 1982 with murdering Patricia Ann Mount, who was found dead in Forest Glove, Florida, and Melinda LaPree, whose skeletal remains were found in a Gautier, Mississippi, cemetery, the AP reported.

Despite witnesses identifying Little as the man last seen with LaPree in Pascagoula a month before her remains were found, a grand jury failed to indict him in the case.

He was also cleared of attacking two prostitutes who had come forward and claimed Little assaulted them in 1980 and 1981.

He was extradited to Florida, where he was acquitted in 1984 of Mount’s slaying.

Authorities’ timeline of Little’s movements shows he was accused of assaulting a woman in San Diego in October 1984, nine months after his Florida acquittal. Tried for attempted murder, the jury deadlocked and Little later pleaded guilty to assault and false imprisonment, the AP reported.

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Brenda Gordon looks at photos of her mother, Carol Alford, at her apartment in Los Angeles in March 2013. Alford was a victim of Samuel Little, who has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Brenda Gordon looks at photos of her mother, Carol Alford, at her apartment in Los Angeles in March 2013. Alford was a victim of Samuel Little, who has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Paroled in February 1987, he moved to Los Angeles, where Carol Alford was found dead in an alley on July 13, authorities said.

Audrey Nelson was found strangled in a downtown dumpster on Aug. 14, 1989, the timeline shows. Guadalupe Apodaca was found dead on Sept. 3 of that same year, dumped in an abandoned commercial garage.

Little continued to rack up arrests on minor charges, like burglary, theft, shoplifting and drunken driving until 2012. That was when cold case detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department linked him through DNA evidence to the unsolved homicides of Apodaca and Nelson.

According to a 2013 LAPD news release, Little was tracked down at a Kentucky homeless shelter and arrested on a California drug warrant from 2009. He was extradited to Los Angeles County, where he sat in jail while cold case detectives Mitzi Roberts, Rick Jackson and Tim Marcia built murder cases against him.

In November 2012, Little was connected through DNA analysis to the killing of Carol Alford, the release said.

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Family members of murder victims Audrey Nelson, pictured in the framed photos, and Guadalupe Apodaca attend a 2014 news conference in Los Angeles. Nelson and Apodaca were victims of serial killer Samuel Little, the most prolific in U.S. history.
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Family members of murder victims Audrey Nelson, pictured in the framed photos, and Guadalupe Apodaca attend a 2014 news conference in Los Angeles. Nelson and Apodaca were victims of serial killer Samuel Little, the most prolific in U.S. history.

The Los Angeles Times reported in December that the DNA evidence came from semen on the shirts of two of the victims and skin under the fingernails of the third.

Investigators told The New York Times that Little showed no remorse for the murders. A Louisiana detective told the newspaper Little told her he had no need to fear God.

“He said God made him this way, so why should he ask for forgiveness?” Sgt. Crystal LeBlanc, of the Opelousas Police Department, said. “He said God knew everything he did.”

Little also seemed to get excited talking about his crimes, sometimes chuckling as he recounted how he took his victims’ lives.

“Believe it or not, you only see evil a few times in your career,” Marcia told The New York Times. “Looking into his eyes, I would say that was pure evil.”

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Tony Zambrano, son of murder victim Guadalupe Apodaca, is pictured in a March 2013 photo. Apodaca was one of at least 50 women authorities say were killed by Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Tony Zambrano, son of murder victim Guadalupe Apodaca, is pictured in a March 2013 photo. Apodaca was one of at least 50 women authorities say were killed by Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Little was convicted of the three Los Angeles killings in 2014 and sentenced to consecutive life sentences, without the possibility of parole. In court, he loudly protested his innocence, according to the AP.

FBI officials said that in the middle of the California serial killer case against Little, LAPD investigators notified the bureau’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, or ViCAP, of what they were working on.

ViCAP agents began a comprehensive background investigation of Little, who was born in Georgia but raised by his grandmother in Lorain, Ohio.

What the agents found was shocking. Again and again, throughout multiple states, ViCAP analysts found Little’s travels over the decades intersecting with “long-cold investigations into bodies and bones,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The FBI found an alarming pattern and compelling links to many more murders,” the FBI said in a statement last year.

One case in particular led ViCAP analysts to Texas.

“We found a case out of Odessa, Texas, that sounded very much like him, and we could place him passing through the area around the same time,” ViCAP crime analyst Christie Palazzolo said in November. “We sent that lead out to the Texas Rangers, who were eager to follow up on the long-cold case.”

The Odessa case was the 1994 strangulation death of Denise Brothers, whose body was found partially clothed in some bushes in a vacant lot. The Los Angeles Times reported that records showed Little had interactions with the Odessa Police Department around that time, meaning he was in town when Brothers was slain.

“This just felt like him,” Palazzolo told the newspaper.

Little pleaded guilty in December to killing Brothers.

ViCAP sent out a national alert in June 2013 asking cold case detectives across the country to check their files for cases similar to those in which Little was accused.

In Texas, the Little case landed on the radar of Holland, who the Los Angeles Times reported specializes in the study of sociopaths and psychopaths -- and how to properly interview them.

At a December 2017 law enforcement conference in Tampa, Florida, where Holland gave a presentation, detectives from Florida asked Holland and Angela Williamson, a ViCAP liaison and Department of Justice senior policy adviser, if they knew anything about Little. Little, who was in prison for the Alford, Apodaca and Nelson murders in Los Angeles, was suspected in killings in Florida as well, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Holland and Williamson promised to look into the case.

Williamson told the newspaper that Holland called her the following March at ViCAP, saying they had to do something “about this Little guy.”

Williamson said she turned in her seat to Palazzolo, who told her to tell Holland about the Odessa case.

A few weeks later, on May 17, 2018, Holland, Palazzolo and Williamson traveled to California to interview Little. According to the Los Angeles Times, they brought with them the Odessa case file, newspaper clippings and the details Palazzolo had tracked down about Little’s life.

“I was pretty pessimistic,” Palazzolo told the newspaper. “I thought he would just tell us to leave. Remember, he hadn’t spoken to anyone about any of this. Why would he?”

Little was initially tight-lipped, but within an hour of conversation with Holland, he began to talk in exchange for a transfer from the Los Angeles County Jail to the jail in Ector County, which was quieter, according to The New York Times.

It took 650 hours over 16 months, but Little told Holland details of the 93 women he claims to have killed over a span of nearly 40 years. The tally included the murders of Mount in Florida and LaPree in Mississippi, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In Los Angeles alone, Little said he killed 18 women.

“Over the course of that interview in May, he went through city and state and gave Ranger Holland the number of people he killed in each place,” Palazzolo said last fall. “Jackson, Mississippi -- one; Cincinnati, Ohio -- one; Phoenix, Arizona -- three; Las Vegas, Nevada -- one.”

Over his multiple interviews with Holland, Little ultimately confessed to killings in 19 states. Most were women and almost all were strangled, according to the FBI.

‘Why do you keep touching my neck? Are you a serial killer?’

FBI records show that authorities are still working to match confessions to more than 40 women Little has claimed as victims, many of whom he drew sketches, in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.

At least eight of the victims listed on the FBI’s webpage about Little have been matched to Jane Does in multiple states, closing cold cases across the country.

In November 2018, authorities in Opelousas, Louisiana, announced that Little had confessed to the January 1996 murder of Melissa Thomas, 24, who was found strangled underneath a pecan tree in the cemetery of a Baptist church.

According to The New York Times, police there sent LeBlanc to Texas, where Little was jailed awaiting trial in Brothers’ death, to interview him about Thomas’ killing. Over the span of two hours, LeBlanc learned that Little knew Opelousas well, including the town’s streets, bars and the location of the church cemetery.

Little told the detective he and Thomas met on the street and went to the cemetery to do drugs together, the newspaper reported. He said they then moved into the back seat of his car for sex, at which time he began stroking Thomas’ neck.

“He said that she said, ‘Why do you keep touching my neck? Are you a serial killer?’” LeBlanc told The New York Times.

Little became enraged and strangled Thomas to death, LeBlanc said.

Opelousas police Chief Donald Thomas, who was until recently the lead investigator on the Thomas case, told The Opelousas Daily World that the case always stuck with him.

“The ending is sort of bittersweet for me, the family and this city,” Thompson told the Daily World. “It was also personal for me. I know (Thomas’) family well. A tragedy like this never goes away for the family and for all of us on the force who worked with such a passion to solve the case.”

Police that same month announced that Little had confessed to another two Louisiana killings, one in 1982 and another in 1996. Little was living in Terrebonne Parish, about 150 miles from Opelousas, at the time.

Houma police officials said that Little confessed to their detectives and Louisiana State Police investigators that he killed Dorothy Richard, 55, of Gray, on Sept. 14, 1982. Daisy McGuire, 40, of Houma, was found dead Feb. 6, 1996.

Monique Stepter, Richard’s granddaughter, told Houma Today that the confession opened a bevy of wounds for the family that had never healed.

“It’s very hard right now for the entire family,” said Stepter, who was 5 years old when her grandmother was killed. “I have kids that never met her. There are a lot of great-grandchildren who are left without their grandmother because of him.”

Little also in November confessed to the Aug. 26, 1979, slaying of Brenda Alexander, 23, in Phenix City, Alabama. According to the Ledger-Enquirer in nearby Columbus, Georgia, Little told detectives he met Alexander at a dance club in Columbus. They left the club together.

Phenix City police Capt. Jason Whitten told the newspaper a detail of Little’s demeanor as he described getting Alexander into his car.

“He wringed his hands together, smiled and said, ‘I knew she was mine,” Whitten said.

Alexander’s body, naked except for a Timex watch, was found discarded in a wooded area, the newspaper said.

Other slayings Little has confessed to include the 1978 killing of Julia Critchfield, 36, who was strangled and thrown off a cliff in the Gulfport, Mississippi, area; the killing of Evelyn Weston, 19, near Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in 1978; and the slaying of Rosie Hill, 20, in 1982 in Marion County, Florida.

The names and faces go on and on.

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott’s handwritten notes from the 1978 killing of Evelyn Weston are pictured in Columbia, S.C. Weston is an alleged victim of Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott’s handwritten notes from the 1978 killing of Evelyn Weston are pictured in Columbia, S.C. Weston is an alleged victim of Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Investigators told the Los Angeles Times that Little’s memory is nearly photographic when it comes to the victims and details of their deaths, including one woman’s last meal.

Cold case detectives were able to verify Little’s confession in that case by reviewing her autopsy report, which listed her stomach contents, the newspaper said.

“It’s scary the clarity he has about certain things after all this time,” Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Mongeluzzo, who questioned Little about Hill’s death, told The New York Times. “He remembers names and faces.”

His recall of dates has been less accurate.

“When you spent your life living in your car, things tend to blur,” Williamson told the Los Angeles Times. “You can imagine calling a police department and saying you have a potential homicide that occurred off a dirt road in 1984, or it could be 1974, or 1994. Did they even find the body? If they did, was it just bones?”

The FBI now needs the public’s help to identify the remaining unidentified women Little claims that he killed.

“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” Palazzolo said in a statement last week. “Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim (and) to close every case possible.”

Anyone with information linked to Little’s confessions is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or to submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

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  • A suspect is in custody following an early-morning shooting on the Grambling State University campus Friday that left two people, including a police officer, wounded. >> Read more trending news  Princeston Andre Adams, 19, is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Louisiana state troopers arrested the former Grambling student and Shreveport, Louisiana, resident Friday morning, KSLA reported. Louisiana State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt told KNOE the shooting happened at a party outside of the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Reichardt also confirmed the wounded officer was shot in the leg, but his injuries are considered non-life-threatening. The second victim – identified only as a non-student – was shot twice in the torso and remains at North Louisiana Medical Center in Shreveport for treatment of life-threatening injuries, the station reported. Grambling State University President Rick Gallot issued the following statement: “Our goal at Grambling State University is to provide a safe, enjoyable environment for our students. To help in this effort, we will work with our student life and campus safety teams to grow our policies and procedures to better accommodate our student body. Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by last night’s events both directly and indirectly. I encourage all of our campus and community to support Louisiana State Police in their investigation by calling (318) 274-2222 with any related information.” Adams’ bond has been set at $1 million, KSLA reported. Original report: Authorities are investigating an early-morning shooting on the Grambling State University campus that left two people injured, including a police officer, KTBS reported. According to a safety update issued by university officials, campus authorities responded around 1:30 a.m. to an indoor firearm discharge at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Two individuals – including the officer and a non-student – were transported to North Louisiana Medical Center for treatment of injuries. The severity of the injuries suffered was not immediately available. According to KTBS, witnesses told officers on the scene a suspect fled campus following the shooting, and the Louisiana State Police Department will continue investigating. Anyone with any details related to the incident is encouraged to call (318) 274-2222. 
  • Police in Indiana charged a 24-year-old woman with reckless homicide after a crash at a school bus stop in Rochester left three children dead and one severely injured in October 2018. >> Read more trending news Update 9:04 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: Alyssa Shepherd was found guilty Friday of felony reckless homicide in the Oct. 30, 2018 car accident that left Alivia Stahl, 9, and her twin 6-year-old brothers Mason and Xzavier dead and Maverik Lowe severely injured, WNDU reported.  Original report: The children were crossing the street to get to their Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation bus around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday when they were struck by a 2017 Toyota Tacoma driven by Alyssa Shepherd, according to Indiana State Police. Police said that at the time of the crash, the school bus was stopped in front of a mobile home park with its stop arm down and lights flashing. Three Mentone Elementary School students, identified as 6-year-old twins Xzavier Ingle and Mason Ingle and their sister Alivia Stahl, 9, died at the scene. A fourth child, identified as 11-year-old Tippecanoe Valley Middle School student Maverik Lowe, was airlifted to a hospital with multiple broken bones and internal injuries, police said. He was last listed in serious condition. >> 3 children killed, 1 injured while boarding school bus in Indiana “It’s everybody’s responsibility to make sure our children get to and from school safely, and when it doesn’t happen, which it did not in this case, it’s heartbreaking,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told WSBT. “I haven’t seen troopers cry in a long time, but I saw that today.” Xzavier, Mason and Alivia’s uncle, Elgin Ingle, told WNDU that his family is grappling with the magnitude of their loss. “(My brother) didn’t lose one kid. He lost all of his kids,” Ingle said. “What do you tell your little brother? How do you tell your little brother it's going to get better? You can't.' He described his nephews to WRTV as 'shy at first' but, 'Once you got past the shyness, the two boys were a life spark. They were nonstop, happy, go-fast, jumpy boys.' He said Alivia was a go-getter and 'the kindest child you'll ever meet.' 'My two nephews and my niece were taken from me because somebody didn't pay attention,' Ingle told WRTV. 'How could you look away from the road? Everybody knows buses stop at this time of day.'  Authorities charged Shepherd with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus with the stop arm extended, causing injury. She was booked into Fulton County Jail Tuesday. Police continue to investigate.
  • A Kansas City man has been arrested in the killing Monday of a transgender woman, the second to die in the city so far this year and at least the 20th across the nation, authorities said. The Associated Press reported that Brianna “BB” Hill, 30, also of Kansas City, was shot around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Hill, who went by Breonna Be’Be Hill on Facebook, was dead when officers arrived at the scene. >> Read more trending news Kansas City police Capt. Tim Hernandez told the AP that the alleged shooter, whose name has not been released, remained at the scene and was taken into custody. As of Wednesday, no charges had been filed, the news service said. Hernandez said he could not discuss the motive for the shooting but said it was not related to Hill’s status as a transgender woman, the AP reported. Hill is the second transgender woman killed so far this year in Kansas City, records show. According to the Human Rights Campaign, she is the 21st transgender woman or gender nonconforming person to die by violence across the country in 2019. The Advocate puts the nationwide number of slain transgender women at 20, however, noting some confusion about the gender identity of one victim, Jamagio Jamar Berryman. “Transgender Americans are facing an epidemic of violence,” the Advocate reported, citing 24 known killings of transgender Americans in 2018. The magazine said the number could be higher “as, undoubtedly, some victims were misgendered by police or media, or their deaths not reported at all.” “The majority of victims in any year tracked by The Advocate have been women of color,” the magazine stated. Click here to see a report by the Advocate on all the transgender people killed so far in 2019. Hill, who was black, was killed the day before jury selection was set to begin in Dallas for Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, who is accused of beating another black, transgender woman, Muhlaysia Booker, in April following a fender bender outside an apartment complex in the Oak Cliff section of the city. Booker, whose beating was caught on video, spoke publicly at a rally the week after the assault to call for justice in her case, the AP reported. The 23-year-old was found shot to death May 18 on a Dallas street. Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 33, is charged with murder in the killing and is a suspect in the homicides of two additional women. >> Related story: Suspect arrested in death of transgender Dallas woman and 2 others, police say The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that Thomas’ defense is arguing that Booker, who his attorneys call by her birth name and describe with male pronouns, brought the fight upon herself. Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox spoke to Buzzfeed earlier this year about the rash of violence against the transgender community. “Your attraction to me as a trans woman is not a reason to kill me,” Cox said in an interview on BuzzFeed News’ Twitter morning show, “AM to DM.” “There’s this whole sort of myth that trans women are out there tricking people, that they deserve to be murdered, and that’s not the case.” Berryman, who also went by Ja’leyah-Jamar Berryman, was killed last month just across the Missouri state line in Kansas City, Kansas. Though area activists initially identified Berryman as a transgender woman, Berryman’s family released a video on social media clarifying that he identified as a gender nonconforming man. Berryman was found shot in the street around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 near 60th Street and Leavenworth Road, according to the Kansas City (Kansas) Police Department. Berryman died a short time later at an area hospital. Two days later, investigators released images of a person of interest and a white 2006 Pontiac G6 connected to the case. KMBC reported that the car was found abandoned in Kansas City, Missouri, three days after Berryman was slain. The person of interest, believed to be an ex-boyfriend of Berryman’s, has not been identified by police, the Advocate said. No arrests have been reported in Berryman’s death. Berryman’s cousin posted about his death on Facebook. “Ja’leyah-Jamar didn’t ask for this life,” Adriana Sanders wrote, according to the magazine. “No one can control who they love. God made us to live and love and to grow. It’s not our fault as a transgender woman or a homosexual man to want to live a normal life, wanting to be in love have a family, build your own legacy. “Because a man could not accept who he was as himself and individual, he felt the need to take my cousin’s life.” Berryman’s obituary said he “loved the artistry of designing hair, playing his game, playing with his nieces and nephews, nagging his siblings and spending quality time with his daughter, Ja’mya (Berryman).” Ja’mya was 5 years old when she lost her parent, KSHB in Kansas City reported. “She keeps, like (saying), ‘I want my daddy, where my daddy at?’ And it’s just, like, how do you answer that question to a 5-year-old?' Ronnie Gates, a friend and former longtime boyfriend of Berryman’s, told the news station. Berryman’s mother, along with other family members and friends, mourned Berryman by releasing red and black balloons in his honor three days after his killing. They gathered at the intersection where he was found. His young daughter was pictured sitting quietly on the sidewalk, wearing a backpack and gazing at the balloons near the curb. “That’s Jamar’s baby. She is now without a father,” a family member captioned the photo. “I’ll never be the same,” Berryman’s mother, Jennifer Gibson, told KSHB. “I’ll never be the same.” The Human Rights Campaign, which touts itself as the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, issued a statement following Berryman’s slaying. “This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets trans people of color -- particularly black trans women -- must cease,” read a post on the organization’s Twitter feed. Likewise, HRC officials spoke out this week about Hill’s killing. “Hill, like all of us, had hopes, dreams, aspirations and plans for the future,” HRC spokesperson Elliott Kozuch told Newsweek. “She had family and friends who are mourning this senseless loss, a loss that is part of a larger epidemic of violence against the transgender community in this country, spurred by a toxic mix of transphobia, racism, misogyny and unchecked gun violence.” Kozuch said while the transgender community has protections in employment, housing and public accommodations in Kansas City, there are no state nondiscrimination protections for the marginalized community. Transgender people are also not among the groups covered by Missouri’s hate crimes legislation. According to HRC data, all but five states across the country have laws addressing hate crimes, but the laws vary greatly in who they protect. Fifteen states do not address sexual orientation or gender identity in their hate crime laws, the HRC shows. See the Human Rights Campaign's map of hate crime laws in the U.S. below. Members of the LGBTQ community mourned Hill’s death on social media. “Rest in power, beloved,” one woman wrote on Facebook, adding a broken heart emoji. “Brianna Hill. #SayHerName.” Transgender actress, singer, teacher and activist Alexandra Billings also spoke out about Hill and every other transgender woman who has been killed or faces violence for who they are. “My sisters, I see you,” Billings wrote on Facebook. “I am with you because I am one of you, and we will survive this. Our government will not continue to ignore us, and our allies will speak up. We will revolt and we will rise. We are made of sturdy stuff. We have lived through the centuries and it will take more than a few violent men to eradicate us from the human experience. “We are part of this world and we deserve to be here. We will not let this stand.” Besides the death of Berryman, Hill’s slaying in Kansas City also comes on the heels of the June 25 killing of Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, who was found dead on the porch of an abandoned home on Spruce Avenue, court records show. She died of multiple gunshot wounds. Neighbors, who didn’t identify themselves out of fear of retaliation, told KCTV Lindsey had been badly beaten before they heard the gunshots that killed her. According to court records, investigators recovered five shell casings from around Lindsey’s body and tested the casings for DNA evidence. A profile was obtained and entered into CODIS, the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, which matched the genetic material to Marcus S. Lewis. Investigators learned that Lewis was in a relationship with the owner of a black Chevy Impala. The car was spotted by license plate readers driving in the area of the shooting around the time that the Kansas City Police Department received a report of shots fired about four blocks from where Lindsey’s body was found. Read the probable cause statement in the Brooklyn Lindsey slaying below. Charging Document in Brooklyn Lindsey Homicide by National Content Desk on Scribd Lewis, 41, was arrested in July and indicted last month on charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm, court records show. Court records, which identify Lindsey as male and by her given name instead of her chosen one, show that Lewis told detectives he shot Lindsey after she propositioned him, “attempting to solicit a date,” and would not leave him alone after he declined her advances. He said he sold the gun, which he had bought earlier in the day, to an unknown person after the homicide. “l believe that Marcus Lewis poses a danger to the community or to any other persons because he is a habitual unregistered sex offender,” Detective Ryan Taylor wrote in a probable cause statement. “He is under investigation for aggravated domestic violence involving a firearm and an armed business robbery involving a firearm.” Court records indicate Lewis has also been indicted in that case. He remained in the Jackson County Jail Friday, awaiting trial. The unlawful firearm possession charge stems from Lewis’ April 1998 conviction of first-degree statutory rape, a felony in Missouri. As a convicted felon, he is not permitted to have a firearm. Lindsey was described by friends as an activist who worked with organizations like the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project. The organization spoke out last month after Berryman’s death. “As we hold space to remember and uplift Ja’Leyah, we must also recognize the factors at play that contribute to the dramatically increased risk of violence that trans women of color, especially black trans women, face every day,” a post on the group’s Facebook page read. “Restrictions on basic needs and services like housing, employment, safe streets, healthcare and protection under the law are just some barriers that put our sisters in harm’s way daily. “The discriminatory and violent systems that perpetuate violence against transgender women of color are a direct result of bias from within and outside our own communities. Ja’leyah’s light shone to a select few, but we will let her light shine on all of us today.” Kris Wade, with the Justice Project Kansas City, told CNN she knew Lindsey well and had helped her for more than a decade. She described Lindsey as a “sweetheart,” and an intelligent woman who did not come from the streets, but sometimes ended up there. “She felt that she had not lost her humanity out there,” Wade told CNN. Wade said Lindsey, who had been brutally beaten and hospitalized just weeks before her death, needed to get off the street, but Justice Project was unable to find her a bed. “We didn’t have any money to put her up,” Wade said. Lindsey died at the same intersection where a Hispanic transgender woman, Tamara Dominguez, 36, was run over and killed Aug. 15, 2015. The driver of the truck, Luis Sanchez, ran over Dominguez repeatedly, according to witnesses. Members of the LGBTQ community condemned the “atrocious” act in the days after Dominguez’s death. “There’s this horrible dark underbelly of hatred that goes on and on and on and on and it must stop,” Caroline Gibbs, director of the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, told KCTV at the time. Dominguez’s brother, Alberto Dominguez, spoke to the news station through a friend, Juan Rendon, who translated his Spanish to English. “He just want to say to the person that did that to her, that he (Alberto) would forgive them for what he did to her,” Rendon translated as Dominguez started to cry, the news station reported. “We are not here to judge nobody, and he (Alberto) hopes that person really feels bad for what he did.” Sanchez, who was initially charged with murder, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in December 2018 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Now 31, he is serving his sentence at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections. Tamara Dominguez was loved, her brother told KCTV. “He doesn’t know she has family. She had her mom. She had her nephews, brothers and sisters. That person didn’t think about what he did,” Rendon translated.
  • President Donald Trump said in a tweet Friday that he will nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to replace Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy. >> Read more trending news 'Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional,' the president tweeted,.'I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!
  • What was once a potential tropical cyclone has now become Tropical Storm Nestor. According to the 1 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Nestor was located over the Gulf of Mexico. Right now, Nestor is moving toward the northeast near 22 mph and is expected to continue that way through Sunday, followed by a turn toward the east-northeast by early Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher wind gusts that are expected to strengthen today. This storm will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded with water rising inland from the shoreline.  Also, due to the wind, any outside preparations may get difficult or dangerous to do. We can also expected up to 4 inches of rain this weekend across Central Florida to the eastern Carolinas, as well as one or two tornadoes near the Florida Gulf Coast from the central Panhandle to western parts of the Florida peninsula.

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  • A day after remarks by the acting White House Chief of Staff forced officials to scramble and walk back his statement that the U.S. did engage in a quid pro quo to get Ukraine to investigate a GOP election conspiracy theory, President Donald Trump had little to say about the situation on Friday, as some cracks in his support began to appear in GOP circles on Capitol Hill. Asked about the Thursday briefing by Mick Mulvaney, the President offered up only five words for reporters, before immediately moving on to other topics. 'I think he clarified it,' Mr. Trump said of Mulvaney, who basically confirmed the story of an intelligence community whistleblower, by acknowledging that military aid to Ukraine was held back, as the U.S. pressed Ukraine to investigate evidence-free claims that a Democratic Party computer server had been hidden in Ukraine by a U.S. internet security firm. “That's why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said in the White House Briefing Room. Mulvaney later accused the press of deliberately mischaracterizing his words. Even with his later walk back, Mulvaney's confirmation that military aid to Ukraine had been delayed on purpose - along with the plan for the President to host the G7 Summit at his own golf resort in Florida - was too much for some Republicans. On conservative talk radio, Mulvaney was blistered as well. 'I don't even think he knows what he's talking about,' Sean Hannity said on his Friday radio program. 'I just think he's dumb.' Meanwhile Democrats said Mulvaney had confirmed why there needed to be an investigation. “This is about the president systematically abusing the power and resources of his office,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).