LOS ANGELES (AP)-Male authorities say this is the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Nearly 60 confirmed victims died in California on Wednesday. He was 80 years old.
According to the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Samuel Little, who suffered from diabetes, heart disease and other diseases, died in a California hospital. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for multiple murders.
Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections, said that there was no sign of a foul and his cause of death would be determined by the coroner.
Little is a professional criminal who has been in jail for decades, and Little has denied that he has killed anyone for years.
Then, in 2018, he opened the door to Texas Ranger James Holland, who was asked to ask him about the facts of the killing, and it turned out that Little did not commit a crime. However, in approximately 700 hours of interview, Little provided dozens of killing details that only the killer knew.
He was even a skilled artist, providing the Netherlands with dozens of paintings and drawings of victims, and sometimes he painted their names when remembering them, as well as things like the year and place of the murder and the place where he abandoned his body Such details.
At the time of his death, Little had admitted to killing 93 people between 1970 and 2005. Most of the killings occurred in Florida and Southern California.
Authorities continuing to investigate his claims said they have confirmed nearly 60 killings and there is no reason to suspect others.
Holland told CBS News magazine “60 Minutes” in 2019: “Whether something he never said is right or wrong.”
These numbers dwarf the numbers of Green River killer Gary Ridgeway (49), John Gacy (33) and Ted Bundy (36).
Little’s victims are almost all women, many of whom are prostitutes, drug addicts or poor people living on the margins of society. He said that they are individuals, they will leave very few people to look for them, but the police do not have much evidence to follow.
Indeed, local authorities in states across the country initially classified many deaths as the result of accidents, overdose or unexplained causes.
Little strangles most of the victims, usually shortly after meeting them by chance. He drowned a woman he met in a nightclub in 1982.
After years of refusing to talk to other authorities, he was nearly 80 years old when he started dealings with the Netherlands in May 2018. He was serving life imprisonment in a California prison due to poor health. Once a sturdy boxer who strangled the victim with his powerful hands, he is now walking around in a wheelchair.
Holland described Little as both a genius and a social pervert, adding that the killer could never fully explain to him why he did it. Despite being called an expert interrogator, Holland himself said he can only guess why Little opened the door to him.
The rangers made unremitting efforts in hundreds of hours of interviews, established and maintained contact with the murderer, brought him favorite snacks, such as pizza, Dr. Pepper, and gritty, and discussed their common ground in sports interest. He also assured Little that he would not be executed.
The Netherlands will call Little Lit by his childhood nickname Sammy, and Little Little will call Holland Jimmy, and once told the Los Angeles Times that he “found in Texas Rangers Made a friend”.
He told “60 Minutes” that he hoped that his confession would save anyone who was wrongly convicted of the crime.
He said: “I said, if I can help someone out of prison, then God might smile at me a little bit.”
Little said that he was a transient person. He had traveled abroad when he was not in prison for theft, assault, drugs or other crimes. Little said that he committed suicide in Miami on New Year’s Eve in 1970.
“It’s like drugs,” he told the Netherlands. “I like it.”
He said his last killing was in 2005 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He also killed people in Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, Nevada, Arkansas and other states.
Kentucky authorities finally hunted him down in 2012, after he was arrested for drug use, and his DNA linked him to three homicides in California.
When he began to recount other killings, the authorities were shocked by how much he remembered. They said that his paintings show that he has photographic memories.
Little recalled that after the victim wore false teeth, he solved a murder case. After he told the Netherlands, he killed the victim near a series of unusual looking arches in Florida. In 1984, the victim he met outside a strip club in Miami is remembered to be 25 years old, with blond hair, blue eyes and “hippie expression”.
While he continued to speak, authorities across the country were anxious to investigate old cases, find relatives and reunite with their families.
Except for his grandmother who grew up in Lorraine, Ohio, Little rarely reveals details of his life. Authorities said he often went under the name of Samuel McDowell.
Little said that he had been married once and participated in two long-term relationships.
He claimed that he was sexually aroused after seeing the kindergarten teacher touching her neck, so he developed a fetish for women’s necks. He added that he was always careful to avoid looking at the neck of his wife or girlfriend and never hurt his loved ones.
He told “60 Minutes”, “I don’t think anyone does what I like to do.” “I think I am the only person in the world. That is not an honor, but a curse.”
Associated Press writer Don Thompson is from Sacramento.