FBI releases 16 drawings prolific serial killer Samuel Little made of his victims

Alex Lasker

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released more than a dozen drawings made by a prolific serial killer in hopes the public may be able to identify some of his victims.

Samuel Little, 78, was arrested at a Kentucky homeless shelter in September 2012 and extradited to California, where he was wanted on a narcotics charge.

Once Little, a one-time boxer, was in custody, the Los Angeles Police Department were able to match his DNA to three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989 and charge him with three counts of murder. 

In 2014, Little was convicted on all three counts and was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. He is reportedly in poor health and will likely remain in prison in Texas until his death.

Little had previously been charged with killing women in Mississippi and Florida in the 1980s but escaped indictment in Mississippi and conviction in Florida, according to the FBI. He had also served time for assaulting a woman in Missouri and for the assault and false imprisonment of a woman in San Diego.

He has since confessed to 90 murders, 34 of which have been officially linked to his claims. 

Little's typical victims were vulnerable women, many of whom were involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs. Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths uninvestigated.

The FBI has released drawings of the women Little made in prison, along with information about their deaths, in hopes of positively identifying the victims and providing justice and closure in their cases.

Anyone with information related to Samuel Little's victims is urged to contact the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program at 800-634-4097.