Little confessed to the slaying of at least one black woman in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 1977, police said. Palazzolo and Williamson said he would shoplift and steal in a city or town to gather the money to buy alcohol and drugs, but never stayed in one place for long. In total, Little confessed to 90 killings, and Palazzolo and Williamson have been working to match up evidence to as many confessions as they can. "He remembers where he was, and what vehicle he was driving".
"The biggest lesson in this case is the power of information sharing", said Kevin Fitzsimmons, ViCAP's Supervisory Crime Analyst. "He draws pictures of numerous women he killed", adding that Little is a little less reliable when it comes to remembering dates of such killings, however. Back in 2014, Little was convicted for the murder of three women and sentenced to life in prison, yet courtroom documents state that he long maintained his innocence before coming forward to the Federal Bureau of Investigation this past Spring.
The ViCap team said in a news release earlier this week they had so far established his ties to 34 deaths, with many others apparently pending confirmation. The woman were found beaten, then strangled, officials said, and their bodies were dumped in an alley, dumpster and a garage.
Over the course of the next several months, Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, cooperated with authorities, and provided additional details on approximately 90 slayings that Little said he committed, according to Bland. Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths un-investigated.
The FBI has revealed that Samuel Little, 78, a former boxer-turned-drifter who was arrested on drug charges in 2012, has since confessed to 90 murders and is being investigated as potentially the deadliest serial killer in USA history, AFP reports.
The FBI asked anyone reporting a potential case linked to Little to call ViCAP at 800-634-4097.
Based on the positive match to the L.A. murders, the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program "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", said ViCAP crime analyst Christina Palazzolo. "Jackson, Mississippi - one; Cincinnati, Ohio - one; Phoenix, Arizona - three; Las Vegas, Nevada-one.' Palazzolo said", AFP reports. They say he was able to draw pictures of many of his victims. Little was convicted and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole.More news: Clooney's set to become Prince Harry, Meghan's first-born child's godparents?
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Samuel Little is now being held in a Texas prison. Once a competitive boxer, he usually stunned or knocked out his victims with powerful punches before he strangled them while masturbating.
Earlier in November, Little was charged with murder in a cold case from 1994 in Texas.
The FBI also noted that many of Little's alleged killings "were not classified as homicides but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents, or natural causes". "These connections all started in our database of violent crime".
The FBI says the 78-year-old is "in poor health" and is likely to now remain in prison in Texas until his death, where he was transferred from California after admitting the Odessa killing.
The crimes Little has confessed to span more than a dozen states from coast to coast, investigators have found. That is the value of ViCAP.
Investigators are now looking to identify Little's victims and provide closure and justice in the cases.