Samuel Little: The US’ Most Prolific Serial Killer

Although he is nowhere near the most prolific or well known Serial Killer in the world, Samuel Little has the highest number of victims of any known killer in United States history. He claims to have killed ninety-three or more people. Authorities have been able to potentially link him to over sixty murders, and the FBI specifically has confirmed that the number is higher than fifty.

Little was born in 1940, and was first arrested for breaking and entering in 1961; by 1975 he had been arrested fifteen times. Many of these arrests were for lesser charges, but some were severe including attempted rape and aggravated assault.

Samuel Little

He was first arrested for murder in 1982, however, a Grand Jury in Mississippi declined to indict him for the death of Melinda Rose LáPree at that time. While authorities were looking into him for Melinda’s death, he was indicted in Florida for another murder. He was acquitted of that crime because the jury felt that the eyewitnesses who placed him with the victim, Patricia Mount, prior to her death were not trustworthy.

After his acquittal in January 1984 for the death of Patricia Mount, he moved to California. By the end of that same year, Little was convicted of multiple assaults/ attempted murders and was sentenced to and served only two and a half years in prison.

A timeline of Samuel Little’s mugshots.

After his release from prison, he immediately moved to Los Angeles and committed at least ten murders.

He was arrested in Kentucky in 2012 for a drug charge and was extradited to California where DNA evidence linked him to the murders of three women committed in L.A. between 1987 and 1989. Within a few short months, Little was linked to dozens of murders committed in California in the 1980s. The new evidence against him also meant that the 1982 murder case of Melinda LáPree was reopened.

It has been confirmed that, in total, Little’s DNA was tested against samples from ninety-three murders from across the United States.

In 2014 Samuel Little was tried and convicted for the murders of the three women from California: Carol Ilene Elford, Guadalupe Duarte Apodaca, and Audrey Nelson Everett. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Although he maintained his innocence throughout the aforementioned trial, four years later he confessed to multiple murders: Melissa Thomas in 1996 and Denise Brothers in 1994. He plead guilty to the murder of Denise Brothers and was given an additional life sentence in 2018. A month before his conviction in 2018 authorities in Texas announced that Little had confessed to dozens of murders and may have committed more than 90 across fourteen states between 1970 and 2005.

Of the murders that Little confessed to, he did not know the names of forty-four of his alleged victims. The worst part of Little’s story is that his list of victims would have been considerably shorter if he had been convicted of the murder of Melinda LáPree or Patricia Mount in 1982.

When confessing to the murders, accused Serial Killer Samuel Little drew portraits of many of his alleged victims.

What do you think about Samuel Little? There are conspiracy theorists that think his confessions were solicited by the authorities to solve open cases.

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