FBI Release Chilling Portraits That Could Be The Key To Solving 90 Murders
Samuel Little could be one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. Last year the 78-year-old confessed to killing dozens of women since the 1970s across the United States and has now begun to paint his victims.
So far the former competitive boxer has done 16 portraits based on his memories.
The paintings, a map and a list of victims have now been provided by the FBI in the hopes of identifying these women.
"We are hoping that someone -- family member, former neighbour, friend -- might recognize the victim and provide that crucial clue in helping authorities make an identification," said FBI spokesperson Shayne Buchwald. "We want to give these women their names back and their family some long-awaited answers. It's the least we can do."
The FBI has so far been able to confirm 34 of the 90 confessed killings however no additional charges have yet been laid.
Little only came undone after being arrested on drugs charges in 2012. While he was in custody, Los Angeles Police Department obtained a DNA match that connected him to the strangling deaths of three women in the 1980s.
He was given three life sentences for his crimes in 2014.
Little usually knocked out his victims with powerful punches before strangling them. Because this method left no bullet wounds or stab marks, many of the deaths weren’t classified as homicides. As most of his victims were vulnerable drug addicts or prostitutes their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths were not investigated.
A large number of the killing also occurred in the 1970s and early 1980s before DNA profiling was used.
Kevin Fitzsimmons, the Supervisory Crime Analyst from the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program said the biggest lesson, in this case, is the power of information sharing.
“A Jane Doe who turned up dead in an alley in New Orleans may look like an isolated event,” said Fitzsimmons. “But when entered into the ViCAP database and examined with other mysterious deaths or missing persons, patterns emerge.”
Little has a long history of violence and has been arrested nearly 100 times in his life, yet before his arrest in 2012 had only served less than 10 years in prison.