Samuel Little Serial Killer
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Authorities in Macon, Ga., say Little was behind two unsolved slayings there, the 1977 murder of a still-unidentified woman and the 1982 strangling of Fredonia Smith. According to the Macon Telegraph, Little “gave investigators specific details and information which linked him to both.”
Mississippi – Police in Mississippi say Little has admitted to two killings — LaPree in 1982 and Critchfield in 1978, WLOX reported. A group of friends slashing their dirt bikes through the woods outside Saucier, Miss., found Julia Critchfield. It was January 1978. The 36-year-old mother of four was naked, her body sprawled on a roadside. She had been strangled. Her killer had draped a black dress over her frame.
Alabama – Authorities in Russell County, Ala., now know Little was behind the 1979 murder of 23-year-old Brenda Alexander.
Texas – In Texas, Little told investigators about picking the woman up at a local disco an investigator told the Ledger-Enquirer.
Florida Rosie Hill’s 1982 murder in Florida has also been tied to the killer, WCJB reported.Nearly 500 miles away and four years later, Rosie Hill’s body was discovered near a hog pen in Marion County, Fla. The 21-year-old was last seen four nights earlier leaving a bar with a stranger in August 1982. She also had been strangled.
Louisiana According to the Advocate, Little has confessed to three murders in Louisiana: the 1982 murder of 55-year-old Dorothy Richards; the 1996 death of 29-year-old Melissa Thomas; and the 1996 murder of 40-year-old Daisy McGuire.
Samuel Little aka Samuel McDowell may be linked to over 90 murders. “Little has provided details of more than 90 murders committed in multiple states,” the sheriff’s office said, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Little, who is 78-years-old, is in Texas in the Wise County Jail temporarily, while law enforcement questioned him about some unsolved cold cases. Not only the police from Texas, but all over the US, came to question him about their cases. The authorities began asking him about murders that fit the same MO that Little is known for, which is drugging and strangling his victims, then masturbating over their bodies.
Authorities state Little provided details for more than 90 murders from 1970 to 2005, from California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio and South Carolina. Little’s rap sheet shows he has been in 24 states and committed crimes.
Little convicted in 2014
Little was arrested in 2012 after detectives from Los Angeles found him living in a homeless shelter in Kentucky. DNA testing established that he was involved in the murder of Carol Elford, who was killed on July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, who was killed on August 14, 1989 and Guadalupe Abodacha, who was killed on September 3, 1987. Little was convicted in 2014 for their murders. According to NBC Los Angeles, Carol Alford was found murdered in a South Los Angeles alley in 1987. All three cases went cold until April 2012, when a detective put DNA evidence found on the bodies into a national database. The results linked to Little.
Then in July, 2018, Little was charged in the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers in Ector County in Odessa, Texas. Brothers’s strangled body was discovered about four weeks later in a vacant lot just two blocks away, according to the Odessa Crime Stoppers. Little confessed to her murder.
Brief summary of Little’s life timeline
Late 1960s, Little had moved to Florida and worked as a paramedic and later as a cemetery worker.
Late 1960’s to 1975, Little was arrested 26 times in 11 states for crimes such as theft, assault, attempted rape, fraud and attacks on government officials.
1982, Little lived in Pascagoula, Miss. He was arrested and charged with the murder of 22-year-old prostitute Melinda LaPree, who was missing since September 1982. He was brought to trial for the murder of 26-year-old Patricia Mount, whose body was found in the fall of 1982. Because of the difficulties in determining the time of the murder and mistrust of witness testimonies, Little was acquitted of these murders in January 1984.
1984, Little moved to San Diego, California. In October 1984, Little was arrested for attacking and beating two prostitutes and was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. In February 1987 he was released from jail and moved to Los Angeles.
In 2009, Little was arrested for possession of drugs, but he was not convicted.
Little held in Texas
Little’s rap sheet shows his location over the years in detail. So far, the authorities have not released that information nor the names of the victims Little confessed to.
Little has since been transferred back to the jail in Ector County Texas. If Little is found guilty of the murders he’s provided information about, he “will be confirmed as one of, if not the most, prolific serial killers in U.S. history,” according to a statement from Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.
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