The FBI has verified an imprisoned murderer who confessed to 93 murders over four decades is the most prolific serial killer in US history.
Samuel Little, 79, has matched to 50 cases from 1970 to 2005 thus far by the police. He has been imprisoned for a lifetime since 2012 for the killing of three women.
Little targeted vulnerable individuals, mostly black women, many of whom were a scarlet woman or narcotics users, officials tell.
Some of these deaths were never reviewed by the FBI as a conclusion, and many deaths were wrongly discovered to be overdoses or unexpected. Some bodies have never been discovered, the agency told.
In a statement on Monday, the FBI told its analysts to consider all of his statements are reliable.
“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” FBI crime analyst Christie Palazzolo said in the statement.
“Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim – to close every case possible.”
Law enforcement is still going to test the remaining 43 cases he admitted to.
Officials have immediately declared additional information about five cases in Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada and Arkansas to the people in purposes of recognizing the unknown victims.
The agency had previously shared Little’s colored portraits of his victims, which he drew in prison, in an effort to identify more victims.
They have also issued video clips of the discussions where he explained features of the murders.
In one of the five cases, the FBI is seeking public assistance to solve, Little describes meeting a young black transgender woman named Marianne or Mary Ann in Miami, Florida, in the early 70s.
He expressed that killing the 19-year-old on a driveway which is near a sugarcane field, pulling her body deeper into the Everglades.
Little explained about strangling a woman in 1993 in a motel room in Las Vegas in another case. He remembered having met her son before, even shaking his hand. After killing her, he drove to the outskirts of the city and threw her body down a slope.
Officials have told Little’s memory of the murders has been often accurate, but he is incapable to get specific dates, which has limited the investigation.
It is unclear if Little will meet more charges over the new confessions.
Little was convicted in 2012 on a narcotics charge in Kentucky and surrendered to California, where officers carried out DNA testing on him. Little then had an extensive criminal record, with offenses from armed robbery to rape across the US.
The DNA results connected him to 3 unsolved killings from 1987 and 1989 in Los Angeles County. He pleaded not guilty at trial but was finally convicted and sentenced to 3 consecutive life sentences, with no possibility of parole.
He was then offered to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) – a scheme that serves to examine serial offenders of violent and physical crimes, and give information with local law enforcement agencies to cross-reference unsolved crimes.