Convicted murderer, 78, confesses to killing 90 women

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 30, 2018
11:49 A.M.

Samuel Little is a convict who is already serving a life sentence for murdering three women in California. He offered to confess to more murders if he could be kept away from a Los Angeles County prison which had housed him.


At Ector County jail in Texas, Little has since confessed to killing 90 different women. He’s been dubbed one of the “most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.”

The murders Samuel Little, 78, has confessed to had remained unsolved for years. They happened across 16 states dating back to the early 1970s.

On Tuesday, the FBI said:

"Little is in poor health and will likely stay in prison in Texas until his death. The goal now is to identify his victims and provide closure and justice in unsolved cases.”


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Over the years, DNA evidence was collected in the criminal justice system and that’s how Little was first connected to several women who had been killed.

“He said God made him this way, so why should he ask for forgiveness? He said God knew everything he did.”

This year, Texas Ranger James Holland visited the convict at a Los Angeles County prison and managed to win his confidence. Since being moved to Texas, he’s received many visits from investigators with cold cases from all over the nation.


So far, Little’s confessions have led to the corroboration of at least 34 murders. These were committed between 1970 and 2005, with “many more pending confirmations.”

In a news release ViCAP Crime Analyst Christina Palazzolo said:

“Over the course of that interview in May, 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.”


The convicted murderer began his criminal history in 1956 and he's been arrested nearly 100 times. Bobby Bland, the district attorney of Ector County stated:

“By the time we are done, we anticipate that Samuel Little will be confirmed as one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.”

In 2012, Little, who also goes by the last name McDowell, was arrested in a shelter in Kentucky and extradited to California on a narcotics charge. DNA evidence linked him to the murders of Carol Alford, 41, Audrey Nelson, 35, and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46.


The three women had been murdered in Los Angeles from 1987 to 1989. The FBI explained:

“In all three cases, the women had been beaten and then strangled, their bodies dumped in an alley, a dumpster, and a garage.”

During his murder trial, Little insisted he was innocent. However, in 2014 he was convicted and given three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole.

It was found that he preyed on “vulnerable women,” who were often prostitutes or drug addicts. Little, a former boxer, was said to have punched the victims until they were unconscious.


Then he would strangle them, dump the bodies, and leave town. One of the now solved cases was announced on November 15, by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The convict confessed to the 1982 murder of Rosie Hill, 20, whose remains were discovered in a wooded area in Florida. Little revealed to Sgt. Michael Mongeluzzo that he killed Hill because “God put him on this Earth to do it.”

Beth Silverman, the Los Angeles County prosecutor who ultimately won the three murder convictions against Little explained that “The way he gets sexual gratification is during the strangulation.”


Sgt. Crystal LeBlanc who has visited Little to hear about his past murders experienced a chilling moment with the convict during a visit. While speaking about God, Little revealed that he didn’t fear His retribution.

“He said God made him this way, so why should he ask for forgiveness? He said God knew everything he did.”

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