(DALLAS) – A 78-year-old detainee who claimed to have killed about 90 people while he was traveling in the country for nearly 40 years presented his confessions as currency to leave a California jail , announced the authorities.
The FBI said Tuesday in a statement that Samuel Little had proposed the deal in exchange for his transfer from California State Prison in Los Angeles County, but he did not explain why he had asked the transfer, where he had requested or if his offer had been accepted. . It has been said that Little, who is in poor health and rests on a wheelchair, will likely remain in prison until his death in Texas, where he was brought in September to face charges in the murder of A woman in Odessa in 1994.
In 2014, Little was convicted of killing three women during separate attacks in Los Angeles County. Prosecutors said at his trial that he was probably responsible for at least 40 killings since 1980. Authorities at the time were looking for possible links with the dead. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Texas.
A Dutchman from Texas, James Holland, went to California earlier this year to interview Little about the 1994 murder in Odessa. This interview resulted in a series of confessions and almost daily discussions "to make the accounting as accurate as possible of the crimes of Little", according to the statement of the FBI.
"Little remembers his victims and murders in detail," the FBI said. "He remembers where he was and the car he was driving. He draws pictures of many women that he has killed. It is however less reliable to remember dates. "
Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, has targeted vulnerable women often involved in prostitution and drug addicts, authorities said. Formerly a competitive boxer, he knocked out or knocked out his victims with powerful blows before strangling them while masturbating.
"In the absence of stabbing or gunshot wounds, many of these deaths were not classified as homicides, but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents or causes. natural resources, "said the FBI.
According to little information, the authorities of several states have already confirmed his links with 34 murders committed between 1970 and 2005, not to mention the three people for whom he was sentenced in California. Investigators in Mississippi and South Carolina have recently announced that they have settled unresolved cases based on Little's information. And police in Maryland and other states are looking into whether this can help them solve their own unsolved murders, including the strangulation in Omaha (Nebraska) in 1973, of Agatha White. Buffalo, whose body was found upside down in a 55 gallon drum.
"He crossed the cities and states and told Ranger Holland how many people he had killed at each location," said Christina Palazzolo, an FBI crime analyst who collaborated with Holland. "Jackson, Mississippi – one; Cincinnati, Ohio – one; Phoenix, Arizona – three; Las Vegas, Nevada – a. "
Palazzolo said that Little lived in a nomadic life from the time he left high school and left his home in Ohio in the late 1950s. He would steal from the stall and steal to raise the funds needed to the purchase of alcohol and drugs, but he never stayed long in one place, she said.
Enzo Yaksic, co-director of the atypical homicide research group at Northeastern University, said Little's wandering lifestyle seemed to distinguish him from the habits of American serial killers such as Gary Ridgway, the so-called Green River Killer. .
"Few things are unique in that modern serial murderers rarely travel the distances they claim to have traveled and instead select vulnerable victims from their own communities," said Yaksic. "This behavior, coupled with its selection of vulnerable people, has undoubtedly contributed to its longevity. In today's society, most serial killers kill two or three victims and get caught in a few years. "
Ridgway, who is serving a life sentence, pleaded guilty to killing 49 women and girls, making him the most prolific serial killer in US history in terms of of confirmed murders, although he probably killed over 71. Ted Bundy confessed to 30 homicides from about 1974 to 1978 and John Wayne Gacy killed at least 33 young men and boys in the 1970s. Both have been executed.