Man confessed to 90 killings in effort to move prisons

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He has allegedly confessed to dozens of murders, which if true would make him one of the deadliest serial killers in US history.

According to the FBI, Samuel Little has confessed to Texas authorities that he is responsible for dozens of murders across the country.

Bobby Bland, district attorney of Ector County where Little is being held, said: "Little will be confirmed as one of, if not the most, prolific serial killers in United States history". The report also claims that Little confessed to the killing of another unknown black woman in Tennessee. The FBI said he has a long history of contact with law enforcement, including shoplifting, fraud, drug, solicitation, and burglary charges.

"For 26 years, we have been waiting to find out what happened to her", Taylor's aunt Ann Taylor told the newspaper. Little was convicted four years ago over the deaths years earlier of the three women in Los Angeles area. According to the report, Little confessed to killing an unnamed black woman in Knoxville in 1975. In the early 1980s, Little was charged with killing women in MS and Florida, but was never convicted.

Omaha Police are working with Texas Rangers to see if there's a connection between Little and an unsolved murder case here from the 1970s.

"The biggest lesson in this case is the power of information sharing", Kevin Fitzsimmons from the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program said in a statement.

Little, who also went by the name Samuel McDowell, targeted vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs, authorities say.

The FBI is now investigating a total of 90 murders to which he has confessed or been connected, 34 of which they have already verified.

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The FBI reports that, though they have confirmed 34 of his confessions, many more remain uncorroborated, the Tennessee killings included. Back in 2014, Little was convicted for the murder of three women and sentenced to life in prison, yet courtroom documents state that he long maintained his innocence before coming forward to the Federal Bureau of Investigation this past Spring. Some of the bodies were unidentified, and numerous murders took place before DNA profiling was a reliable tool for investigators.

"Over the course of that interview in May", said Palazzolo, who was sitting down the hall combing through data with Williamson, "he 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", ViCAP Crime Analyst Christina Palazzolo said.

Little's method of killing did not always leave clear signs that the death was a homicide.

Investigators say he typically knocked his victims unconscious, then strangled them.

A former boxer, Little would stun his victims with a powerful blow before strangling them, meaning numerous deaths were attributed to drug over doses or natural causes, the agency said. The victim was able to initially escape, but Little eventually caught up to her again and strangled her to death.

DNA samples taken from Little were then linked to the unsolved deaths of three women in Los Angeles county in 1987 and 1989.

After his confession, Little got his wish and was transferred to a prison in Texas, where he will likely stay until his death. Their goal now is to identify his victims and provide closure and justice in unsolved cases.

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