Samuel Little, the man authorities say was the most notorious serial killer in US history with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died aged 80 on Wednesday in California.
Born into a broken home in 1940 in Georgia to a teenage prostitute, Little was raised by his grandmother in Lorain, Ohio and had a difficult time in high school, eventually dropping out. He started committing crimes in his early teenage years, starting with crimes like petty theft. He was thrown into juvenile detention and from then on, his crimes grew worse.
By 2014, he was convicted of murdering three women in Los Angeles County, two years after he was extradited to California on a narcotics charge and after DNA matched him to the old crime scenes, officials said. Little, who had been serving three life sentences without the possibility of parole had denied for years that he had killed anyone. However, in 2018, during an interrogation with Texas Ranger James Holland, Little began confessing to his crimes and provided details of scores of slayings only the actual killer would know. After Little began naming his victims while at the prison, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Little's involvement in at least 50 of the deaths, and described all his other claims as "credible." The career criminal had confessed to killing 93 people between 1970 and 2005, most of which took place in Florida and Southern California.
Most of Little’s victims were women, many of them prostitutes, some were drug addicts or poor people living on the edges of society. They were individuals, he said he believed the police wouldn't work too hard to find.
Having been a former boxer, Little killed his victims by first punching them cold and then strangling them to death. With no bullet or stab wounds, it was difficult to detect foul play.
The number of murders Little confessed to surpass those of other notorious serial killers. He was named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in the history of the United States.