US most prolific killer, 78 years old man confessed to 90 murders

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78-year-old Samuel Little confessed to have committed 90 murders in his lifetime
78-year-old Samuel Little confessed to have committed 90 murders in his lifetime

New Delhi : A man who has been imprisoned in Texas has confessed to have committed 90 murders in his lifetime. He is being investigated as most prolific serial killer in the US history.

The 78-year-old Samuel Little is a drug addict and was prey to prostitutes a decades-long murder spree that stretched from coast to coast, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a report.

With a height of 6ft 3in (1.9m), he was once a popular boxer. Samuel McDowell was arrested at a homeless shelter in Kentucky in 2012 and extradited to California to face drug charges.

Following the DNA evidences, he was found associated with three cold cases and was arrested in 2014 for murdering three women in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1989. The victims had been beaten and strangled. 

The court then sentenced Little to lifetime imprisonment and was transferred to Texas in connection with the investigation into another murder.

Bobby Bland, district attorney of Ector County where Little is being held, said he eventually confessed to the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers in Odessa, Texas.

Later a Texas Ranger named James Holland gained his trust, Little began confessing to dozens of other murders committed between 1970 and 2005, Bland said.

FBI crime analyst Christina Palazzolo said during the course of an interview in May 2018, Little "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..." Palazzolo said.

"Little will be confirmed as one of, if not the most, prolific serial killers in US history," Bland said in a statement.

The deadliest known US serial killer is believed to be Gary Ridgway, the so-called "Green River Killer" convicted of 49 murders who is serving a life sentence in Washington state.

The FBI said it was working with the Department of Justice, Texas Rangers and dozens of state and local agencies to match Little's confessions to unsolved murders across the country.

FBI said that Little "remembers his victims and the killings in great detail" but is "less reliable, however, when it comes to remembering dates."