Published: Thu, February 14, 2019

Federal Bureau of Investigation releases sketches of Texas victims of admitted serial killer

Federal Bureau of Investigation releases sketches of Texas victims of admitted serial killer

Little also confessed to killing a 22-year-old black woman, possibly named "Linda", in Miami in 1971; a 28-year-old black woman who possibly worked at what was then-called Homestead Air Force Base in 1971 or 1972; a 23-to-24-year-old black woman, possibly named "Emily", who worked at the University of Miami, in the mid-1970s; a 45-year-old white woman, possibly named "Sarah", who was originally from MA, in Kendall in 1973; and a white woman killed in Homestead in 1970 or 1971.

Little has told investigators he killed two other women in Texas - one whose body he dumped somewhere outside Wichita Falls in 1976 or 1977, and another he said he killed in Houston, either between 1976 and 1979 or in 1993.

Little is in poor health and will likely stay in prison in Texas until his death, the Federal Bureau of Investigation states. "It's the least we can do", Buchwald added.

Pearl Nelson, 38, left, is holding a photo of her mother victim Audrey Nelson, as she is hugged by Mary Louise Frias, whose Godmother, Guadalupe Apodaca Zambrano was also a victim of convicted serial killer Samuel Little as they are surrounded by family of his victims following Little's sentencing. He's serving life sentences for four murders in California and Texas.

Little targeted marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution or addicted to drugs, Christina Palazzolo, a crime analyst for the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program wrote in a November FBI article.

One picture, for example, depicts a white woman with green eyes and brown hair aged between 20 and 25 years old who was killed in Maryland in 1972.


The stunning confessions could make Little the most prolific serial killer in United States history if these cases are confirmed by the authorities. One killing, in Odessa, Texas, stood out as especially relevant.

The FBI said the 16 sketched portraits were recently drawn by Little based on his memories of the victims. "Jackson, Mississippi-one; Cincinnati, Ohio-one; Phoenix, Arizona-three; Las Vegas, Nevada-one", Palazzolo said.

The FBI says Little, who's 78, is in poor health and is expected to remain in a Texas prison.

Authorities were able to place Little passing through the area at the time of the killing, and in exchange for a deal which moved him to a different prison, Little agreed to talk to investigators where he confessed to the murders. Many others are still uncorroborated.

CNN has reached out to EJ Leach, the attorney representing Little in the Texas case, and has not yet received a response.

He was arrested in 2012 in a homeless shelter wanted on drug charges in California.

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