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Samuel Little - Americas' #1 Most Prolific Serial Killer

Samuel Little - Americas' #1 Most Prolific Serial Killer

For more than 30 years, serial killer Samuel Little went undetected as he terrorized women across the country, claiming upwards of 93 victims.

Although he was not convicted of murder until 2014, Little was no stranger to law enforcement. In a crime spree that began in the 1950s, he was arrested more than 100 times on charges including kidnapping, rape, robbery, and assault. Despite these charges, Little spent fewer than 10 years in prison.

The serial killer preyed on vulnerable women such as sex workers and drug addicts living in high-crime areas, usually beating or knocking them unconscious before strangling them to death. In some instances, Little raped his victims, telling police he received sexual gratification from the murders.

His crimes finally caught up to him in 2012, when he was charged with three Los Angeles murders stemming back to the 1980s. Little was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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For more than 30 years, serial killer Samuel Little went undetected as he terrorized women across the country, claiming upwards of 93 victims.

Although he was not convicted of murder until 2014, Little was no stranger to law enforcement. In a crime spree that began in the 1950s, he was arrested more than 100 times on charges including kidnapping, rape, robbery, and assault. Despite these charges, Little spent fewer than 10 years in prison.

The serial killer preyed on vulnerable women such as sex workers and drug addicts living in high-crime areas, usually beating or knocking them unconscious before strangling them to death. In some instances, Little raped his victims, telling police he received sexual gratification from the murders.

His crimes finally caught up to him in 2012, when he was charged with three Los Angeles murders stemming back to the 1980s. Little was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

While he maintained his innocence at trial, Little ultimately confessed to investigators and cataloged his numerous murders, providing key details and even sketches of his unidentified victims.

Little has been convicted of eight murders in California, Ohio, and Texas. Some of the killings have been matched to Jane Doe cases going back to 1972, and FBI analysts believe his 93 confessions are credible.

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Transcript

[Intro]

Welcome to this week's episode of The American Serial Killer Guidebook. I’m your host Elton Morgan [and I’m your co-host Cherish Morgan] and we’re The Morgans. Today we are investigating the life and crimes of one of if not the most prolific serial killers in American history.

For more than 30 years, serial killer Samuel Little went undetected as he terrorized women across the country, claiming upwards of 93 victims.

Although he was not convicted of murder until 2014, Little was no stranger to law enforcement. In a crime spree that began in the 1950s, he was arrested more than 100 times on charges including kidnapping, rape, robbery, and assault. Despite these charges, Little spent fewer than 10 years in prison.

The serial killer preyed on vulnerable women such as sex workers and drug addicts living in high-crime areas, usually beating or knocking them unconscious before strangling them to death. In some instances, Little raped his victims, telling police he received sexual gratification from the murders.

His crimes finally caught up to him in 2012, when he was charged with three Los Angeles murders stemming back to the 1980s. Little was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

While he maintained his innocence at trial, Little ultimately confessed to investigators and cataloged his numerous murders, providing key details and even sketches of his unidentified victims.

Little has been convicted of eight murders in California, Ohio, and Texas. Some of the killings have been matched to Jane Doe cases going back to 1972, and FBI analysts believe his 93 confessions are credible.

Make sure to find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and visit our website at www.TASKG.net. to stay updated on our newest episodes. I don’t know about you babe but I’m ready to find out more about Mr. Little so let’s get this horror show started.

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June 7, 1940

Samuel Little is born in Reynolds, Georgia to 16-year-old Bessie Mae Little. He told investigators his mother was a sex worker, though a 1940 census lists her occupation as “maid,”. His father was a 19-year-old named Paul McDowell, and Little used the alias “Samuel McDowell” throughout his life. Little later moved to Lorain, Ohio, where he was raised by his paternal grandmother.

February 1954

Little is committed to the Boys’ Industrial School, a reformatory for teenagers near Columbus, Ohio. He would later say he was sent there for stealing a bicycle. By the time he left, a year and a half later, he had been reported 47 times for disciplinary infractions. 

 

November 1956

Little is arrested for breaking and entering in Omaha, Nebraska, and sent to a youth authority. That same year, he dropped out of high school and set out on a nomadic life that included a stint as a professional boxer.

1961

Little is convicted of burglary for a break-in at a Lorain furniture store and sentenced to three years in prison. 

 

1966

Little is arrested in Cleveland, Ohio, for assault and battery after beating a woman.

 

December 31, 1970

Little picks up his first victim, Mary Broseley, 33, at a bar in North Miami Beach, Florida. He then drove her to a secluded area near the Everglades and strangled her to death before burying her in a shallow grave.

May 1971

Little is charged with armed robbery in Cleveland. While awaiting trial, he is charged with sodomy. He was later found not guilty on robbery charges and never tried on the latter count. 

1972

After his acquittal, Little takes up with a woman named Orelia “Jean” Dorsey, who was 30 years his senior. She would remain his girlfriend, traveling companion, and partner in crime until her death from a brain hemorrhage in 1988. Her involvement in any of the murders was never formally investigated.

Throughout the 1970s, Little and Dorsey moved around the Midwest and South, supporting themselves by shoplifting, burglary, and fencing stolen goods. Little would confess to committing multiple murders across both regions during the decade, according to the FBI. Little confessed to killing a woman in 1972 who was between the age of 20 and 25, and possibly from Massachusetts but most of the victims remain unknown. 

Though he was often arrested for an assortment of petty crimes, he spent little time in jail.

 

September 1976

Little is arrested for intent to ravish-rape outside St. Louis, Missouri. His victim tells police Little choked her from behind with an electrical cord, forced her into his car, beat her unconscious, then drove to a remote location and raped her. He is sentenced to three months in county jail.
 
 

 

1979

In November of 2018, Little confessed to the 1979 murder of 23 yr. old Brenda Alexander in Phoenix City Alabama.

 

November 1982

Little is arrested for shoplifting in Pascagoula, Mississippi. After authorities discover he matches the description of a suspect in the death of 22-year-old prostitute Melinda Rose LaPree, he is charged with her murder. A grand jury, however, declines to indict him. Little later confessed to killing Melinda LaPree along with four others in the Mississippi area. He confessed to the strangulation deaths of Alice Denise “Tina” Taylor, 27, and Tracy Lynn Johnson, 19, both of Gulfport; Julia Critchfield, 36, of Harrison County; and a 16-year-old male in Jackson in 1984, though his identity is unknown.

1983-- He is subsequently extradited to face charges for the rape and murder of 26 yr old Patricia Ann Mount in Gainsville, Florida, whose badly-beaten nude body was found on the side of a highway in Alachua County, Florida, on Sept. 12, 1982.

January 1984

Little is tried for the murder of Patricia Ann Mount, with whom he was seen leaving a bar in 1982 and after deliberating for less than a half-hour, jurors acquitted him on all charges. I guess he decided things were too hot for him in Florida, so he decided it was time to head out West to California and try his luck there.

In October of that same year, he was arrested in San Diego for kidnapping, beating, and strangling 22-year old Laurie Barros, who survived, and one month later, he was found by police in the backseat of his car with an unconscious woman, also beaten and strangled, in the same location as the attempted murder of Barros. He was later tried for attempted murder. After the jury deadlocks, he pleads guilty to rape and assault, stemming from the attacks on the two women. He was sentenced to four years in prison and released in 1987 after serving 2 1/2 years

 

 

1987

Following his release from prison, Little moved to Los Angeles. In July of that year, he murdered Carol Alford who was found dead at age 41 on July 13, 1987, in an alley. She was naked from the waist down and wearing only one sock. 

There were drag marks near her body, and investigators believed she was killed somewhere else and dumped in the alley. She had multiple injuries which indicated she was hit in the head and strangled to death. Alford was one of seven women Little claims he murdered in the city that year. 

Authorities later used DNA testing to establish that Little was involved in the murders of Carol Ilene Elford, killed in July 1987, Guadalupe Duarte Apodaca, killed in September 1987 dumping her body in a South Central commercial garage that was abandoned.

1989

Little murdered Audrey Nelson in August and dumps her body in a downtown LA trash bin but not before she managed to get his DNA under her fingernails when she was clawing him fighting for her life. It was the courage and fighting spirit of Audrey Nelson that finally brought Samuel Little to justice.

Little told investigators he killed at least 10 women in the South and Midwest in the early 1980s before relocating to California. Some of the murders have been linked to existing Jane Doe and missing person cases, while other victims have been identified as a result of Little’s confessions, such as 21 yr old Mary Jo Peyton in Cleveland Ohio, and Frances Campbell, both of whom were killed in 1984. 

During a later confession, Little said he met Mary Jo Peyton at a bar in the University Circle district of Cleveland where they made a date (Hooker talk). He said they got in his 1976 Thunderbird and headed to a factory warehouse near East 82nd St. where they had sex and he then strangled her to death dumping her body down a stairwell.

Investigators say Little met Campbell at a Savannah Georgia bar. They hit it off and left when Little took her to a construction site where he raped and strangled her eventually dumping her body there.

1991

Little steals a carton of cigarettes back in Lorain and hits someone while trying to flee the scene of the crime. He is arrested and charged with aggravated robbery but jumps bail before his trial. Little later confessed to murdering 32 yr old Rose Evans in Cleveland Ohio on August 23rd, 1991. 

Little stated he was driving around Cleveland’s Eastside when he saw Rose Evans smoking crack with a group of guys and offered her a ride in his bubble-top van. He said they got high then went to some old man’s house for more drug money where Evans went in and came out about 20 minutes later. 

Once they scored more crack Little parked the van on East 39th St. but Evans refused to go into the back. According to Little, she said, “I ain't going back there, you’re going to kill me back there”. Little eventually managed to kill her, but he said she managed to fight and even regained consciousness a few times before finally losing the battle for her life. 

She was found in an empty lot under two truck tires with drag marks leading to the body. She had been raped and strangled to death after having been punched in the face repeatedly.

1994

In 2018, Little confessed to the 1994 killing of 38 yr. old Denise Christie Brothers in Odessa Texas. She was last seen at a 2nd street motel in January of 94 and her body was found strangled to death on February 2nd in a field 2 blocks away. Little received another life sentence for her murder.

1998

Little pleads guilty to attempted robbery for his arrest in ‘91 and is sentenced to two years in prison. 

The 1990s

Little told the FBI he murdered numerous women throughout the 90s in Los Angeles, the South, and Ohio.

Because he was a boxer, authorities say Little had a habit of sucker-punching the women to keep them at bay once he got them in the car. His primary targets were prostitutes and drug addicts who he knew wouldn’t immediately be missed and the police wouldn’t raise a fuss over.

 

2005

Little claims his final victim was a woman named Nancy whom he strangled in Tupelo, Mississippi. Investigators believe her identity could be Nancy Carol Stevens, whose body was found off a road that August.

2007

Little is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine and pleads guilty. After failing to attend a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program, a bench warrant is issued for his arrest but it is a non-extradition warrant.

2007-2012: Little has about a dozen contacts with law enforcement officers, some of whom find the outstanding warrant but, because it was non-extraditable, authorities let him go.

April 2012: LAPD Detective Mitzi Roberts gets a DNA match on the Nelson and Apodaca cases, and then a DNA match in the statewide offender database to Little.

 

Sept. 5, 2012: Roberts receives a call from Louisiana sheriff's deputies saying they've traced an ATM purchase by Little to a Louisville, Ky., minimart. Little is found at a nearby Christian shelter and arrested and extradited to California to face the narcotics charge, according to the FBI.

 

November 2012: Little is sentenced to three years in California on the outstanding narcotics warrant. Meanwhile, detectives get a third DNA match to Little on the Alford cold case.

January 2013

LAPD detectives find DNA linked him to three LA cold-case homicides -- the 1987 killings of Carol Alford, 41, and the 1989 slayings of Audrey Nelson, 35, and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, and according to the FBI, all three victims were strangled. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charges Samuel Little with three counts of murder and special circumstances for multiple murders.  

September 2014

Following a brief trial, a jury finds Little guilty on three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Alford, Nelson, and Apodaca. He is later sentenced to consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. At sentencing, Little screamed, “I didn’t do it!”

2018

After gaining Little’s trust, Texas Ranger James Holland begin interviewing him in 2018 with the help of FBI analysts Christie Palazzolo and Department of Justice senior policy adviser Angela Williamson. Up until that point, the 78-year-old had maintained his innocence, but he soon began detailing his crimes.

Little shared what names he could remember and even sketched what his victims looked like. Over the next year and a half, Little gave investigators 650 hours’ worth of interviews, eventually putting the number of his victims at 93, though he said he stopped counting at 84. He stated in an interview that he could only keep track by keeping a victim total by state rather than an individual count.

December 2018, Little pleaded guilty to the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers in Odessa, Texas. As part of his plea deal, he avoided the death penalty and received another life sentence. This seems strange to me because we know Texas and how fond they are of using the death penalty.

Little had a photographic memory and was able to ​describe where he met and killed the victims, where he left their bodies, and what the victims looked like. Little lacked the ability to accurately judge timeframes and distance. At times, Little was proven to be off by more than 10 years and 40 miles.

August 2019

Little pleaded guilty to the murders of four women in Ohio — Anna Stewart, whose body was found in 1981 in a suburb of Columbus, the 1984 murder of Mary Jo Peyton, the 1991 murder of Rose Evans in Cleveland, and an unknown woman he says he murdered more than 30 years ago, whose body has yet to be discovered. He was sentenced to four consecutive life terms. How the hell do you get charged for and plead guilty to the murder of someone without a name, body, or even date of the killing? I guess at that point the DA was willing to take his word and keep racking up convictions regardless of actual evidence.

October 2019

The FBI confirms Samuel Little is “the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history,” and they matched more than 50 of the 93 murders he claims he has committed. The FBI also released a timeline of Little’s life and crimes in hopes of identifying more of his victims.

As Little’s confessions were matched to existing cases and as new victims were identified, more murder indictments were being filed across the country. 

Up until his death on December 30, 2020, in an LA County hospital under the supervision of the California DOC, Little continued to work with Texas Ranger James Holland to help identify his victims and detail his crimes. By this time, he had been matched to more than 60 unsolved murders and missing persons of the 93 he confessed to.

As a side note, Little was arrested on January 16th of 2010 for drug possession in Wichita Falls Texas. What’s scary is that my lovely wife and co-host Cherish and I were living 50 miles from there at that time so it goes to show that although you may feel safe and in control of your life, there’s always a monster waiting and usually much closer than you think. 

According to Worldatlas.com and other online sources, there are 50 or more active serial killers loose in the US at any given time. Just say 50 so there is one per state which means that no matter what state you’re in, chances are, you are within 300 miles of an active serial killer. It kind of puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

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Well, folks, we’ve come to the end of another episode. Thanks for joining us this week and stay tuned for our next episode when we will be detailing the crimes of Zodiac Killer who murdered five known victims in the San Francisco Bay Area between December 1968 and October 1969 and taunted police by sending encrypted ciphers to the San Francisco Chronicle. Don’t forget to help support the show by visiting our Patreon or buying us a coffee and remember that if you sign up for Buzzsprout using our link in the episode description you get a $20 Amazon gift card free. Thanks again and we’ll see you next time.

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