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Investigators Tie Killer to More Slayings

Samuel Little says he struck in 14 states over decades
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
Samuel Little has confessed to killings in 14 states, authorities say.   (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)

(Newser) – Investigators have now linked confessed serial killer Samuel Little to 60 killings in 14 states, a Texas prosecutor says. Authorities had tied Little to 34 deaths, CNN reports. The FBI has said Little told investigators he killed more than 90 people. Little chose marginalized and vulnerable women, the FBI says, who were often involved in prostitution or drug abuse. Often, the victims weren't identified, and the killings weren't investigated. Little, who is in poor health, has been cooperating with investigators, said Bobby Bland, district attorney for Ector County. Little is serving three life sentences in California for killing three women. "At this point in his life, I think he’s determined to make sure that his victims are found," Bland said, per the Washington Post. "Nothing has been proven to be false."

Little has drawn sketches of his victims that investigators hope will help identify them. Gary Ridgway, called the Green River Killer, pleaded guilty to 49 slayings; he reportedly confessed to 71, per CNN. Miller could exceed that. "This is truly shocking," another prosecutor said, per the Post. "Little is likely responsible for committing more murders than anyone else in the United States." The slayings took place between 1970 and 2005, Little says, in 14 states. (Read more Samuel Little stories.)

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