Serial killer's drawings released in hope of identifying victims

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 14, 2019

The FBI released 16 images on Tuesday, drawn from memory by Samuel Little, who told authorities they are just some of the more than 90 people he killed over three decades.

Officers are said to be desperately scouring old case files and photographs to try and identify the Jane Does, but matching them up is proving to be a hard task.

The reason, they say, is because Little tended to prey on marginalized members of society who would leave the faintest trail in their wake when they disappeared. Without a gunshot or knife wound, numerous deaths were blamed on overdoses or accidents and murder investigations were never opened.

So far investigators have managed to link Little to 36 of his claims, spanning the width of the USA, from LA to Washington DC.

The FBI says Little chose to kill marginalised and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs, and who often went unidentified or their deaths were not investigated.

Investigators are now said to be encouraging Little to continue with his twisted artistic endeavor in the hope of bringing retrospective justice to those whose brutal deaths were once drastically overlooked.

Samuel Little drew the portrait from memory almost two decades after he says he killed the woman in 1996 in Los Angeles.

Visit the FBI's website to see more information about each of Little's portraits, including when and where each alleged victim may have been killed.

Another has purple streaks through her curled hair.

The 78-year-old confessed to killing 90 people and is already serving three life sentences for murder.

Details of the list - including the suspected gender, race, age of the victims, as well as the locations the suspected murders occurred - are based on interviews with the killer, with all but one of the unmatched victims being women.

Another is of a black woman between 23 and 25 years old with bright red lipstick and red earrings.

So far, police have managed to link Little to 17 other murders in the state.

He had been arrested almost 100 times, yet served less than 10 years in prison before detectives tracked him down at a homeless shelter in Kentucky in 2012. All three victims were dumped in back alleys in South Los Angeles between 1987 and 1989.

Now in poor health, Little is in custody in California, according to Ector County DA Bland.

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