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evil predator Serial killer Samuel Little who confessed to 93 murders dies aged 80

It is feared some of his victims will now never be found


Samuel Little confessed to killing more than 90 women (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Samuel Little confessed to killing more than 90 women (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Samuel Little confessed to killing more than 90 women (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP)

America's most prolific serial killer died aged 80 last week, with the identity of many of his victims still unknown. 

Samuel Little passed away at a California hospital on Wednesday, just one day before 50th anniversary of his first known murder, with only his prison guards by his side.

Little had confessed to having committed 93 murders between 1970 and 2005, at least 50 of which have been verified by law enforcement officers, the FBI said. He had been convicted of at least eight murders, some of which were solved using DNA analysis.

The evil killer said he targeted disadvantaged and mostly black women, including sex workers, in the belief that this would draw less attention from a law enforcement system that had little apparent interest in such victims.

He was convicted of first-degree murder by a Los Angeles County jury in September 2014 and began serving his prison sentence about two months later.

He was serving three consecutive sentences of life without parole for the killing of three women in Los Angeles County during the late 1980s, crimes to which he was linked through DNA matches, whe he died.

According to the FBI, Little began confessing to additional murders to a Texas Ranger who interviewed him in his California prison cell in 2018, and ultimately admitted to killing 93 people across the country by strangulation between 1970 and 2005.

The FBI said investigators had since verified 50 of those confessions, with many more pending final confirmation, making Little the deadliest US serial killer on record.

Authorities have said he appears to have targeted mostly vulnerable young black women, many of them sex workers or addicted to drugs, whose deaths were not well publicised at the time and in some cases were not recorded as homicides.

Describing how he killed with impunity for years, Little boasted to investigators of avoiding “people who would be immediately missed”.

“I’d go back to the same city sometimes and pluck me another grape,” he said.

“How many grapes do you all got on the vine here? I’m not going to go over there into the white neighbourhood and pick out a little teenage girl.”

Many of his killings were initially recorded as overdoses or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes, and some bodies were never recovered, according to an FBI profile of the killer.

He was incarcerated at a state prison in Lancaster, California, north of Los Angeles, and died early on Wednesday morning at an outside hospital, the state department of corrections said. It said an official cause of death would be determined by the county medical examiner’s office.

His death means families of many of the victims may never have closure.

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