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Killer Hoped to Move Prisons, Made Astounding Confession

So far, 34 murders have been confirmed and attributed to Samuel Little
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2018 7:12 AM CST
Samuel Little, who often went by the name Samuel McDowell, leaves the Ector County Courthouse after attending a pre-trial hearing Monday, November 26, 2018 in Odessa, Texas. or said.   (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)
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(Newser) – If Samuel Little hadn't wanted a change of scenery, scores of murders across the US might have remained unsolved. The FBI says the 78-year-old man suspected of being America's most prolific killer wasn't happy in California, where he was serving three life sentences for the murders of three women in the 1980s. So when a Texas Ranger interviewed him about a cold case earlier this year, he opened up in hopes of being extradited to that state, NBC reports. And then he just kept confessing. "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. Jackson, Mississippi—one; Cincinnati, Ohio—one; Phoenix, Arizona—three; Las Vegas, Nevada—one," says FBI crime analyst Christina Palazzolo. Little was extradited to Texas and is expected to die in prison there—and possibly soon, as investigators say he is in poor health. More:

  • Dozens of confirmed victims. The FBI says Little confessed to a total of 90 killings in 19 states. So far, investigators have confirmed 34 and they are working to match up evidence with confessions to confirm more. Investigators say he can remember the killings and the locations in detail (down to the signs he saw on the road) and can even draw some of the victims, though he is fuzzy on dates.

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