Convicted murderer raised in Ohio could be linked to over 90 killings across US

November 17, 2018

Convicted murderer raised in Ohio could be linked to over 90 killings across US

A 78-year-old convicted killer could be connected to over 90 murders in dozens of states, authorities said this week.

Samuel Little is currently serving three life sentences for strangling three women in the Los Angeles area between 1987 and 1989, according to NBC News. He was convicted in 2014.

But in July, he was also charged with a 1994 murder in Texas. An investigator was able to use that case to gain trust and get information from Little on dozens of other cases, NBC said.

Little, who often used the name Samuel McDowell, grew up with his grandmother in Lorain, Ohio, according to The Associated Press..

Little has been providing information to investigators on a “multitude” of murders he may have committed between 1970 and 2005 in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina, according to NBC.

If Little is found guilty of all the murders he’s provided information about, he’ll be confirmed as one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, authorities said, according to NBC. He’s due in court in the Texas case later in November.

So far, investigators have been able to corroborate his connection to 30 cases, according to The Associated Press. Authorities said Little has not provided any false information yet.

Investigators in California believe Little traveled the country preying on drug addicts, AP said. He would often knock out his victims with a punch and then strangle them.

His criminal history includes offenses in 24 states spread over 56 years, including assault, burglary, armed robbery, shoplifting and drug violations, according to AP.

Authorities said Little may have finally confessed after years of denials because appeals to his life sentence in California were rejected, according to AP. He no longer had any reason to hide.

Little was first arrested when DNA samples from old crime scenes matched samples from him in a criminal database, AP said.

The National Desk contributed to this report.

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