CHARLESTON, S.C. — Investigators say 78-year-old Samuel Little confessed to killing 90 people during a spree spanning 35 years and 20 states.
Investigators say he’s offered detailed descriptions of heinous crimes committed between 1970 and 2005. The victims were often high risk, low profile women commonly referred to as ‘Jane Does.’
Kelly Snyder, a retired DEA agent, now runs his own firm called Find Me. “Every single police department that has open investigations of homicide or missing persons are going to want to talk to this guy.”
Now, Snyder says his victim’s families may find closure. “That’s usually what every police department and family wants. More than likely, he knows where probably 80% of all of these bodies are, if they haven’t been discovered.”
A former boxer, investigators say Little would deliver a knockout punch to his victims, strangle them and pleasure himself. A story he told 90 times.
“That’s a scary number, that’s more than the ‘BTK Killer,’ and the ‘Green River Killer,’” says Chief Deputy Craig Johnson with the Wise County Detention Center in Texas.
To catch Little, police turned to DNA analysis.
Leigh LaChapelle from the organization People Against Rape says, “We call them ‘S.A.F.E.S.,’ Sexual Assault Forensic Exams,”
Those sexual assault examination kits have been used to corroborate at least 34 deaths Little confessed to.
But in some states, like South Carolina, that may be tough. Investigators don’t test every sexual assault kit, according to LaChapelle.
“If they test every kit, they can link it to other cases. They can link it to the same perpetrator who has been doing this years, and years, and years, that has not been caught. In the state of South Carolina, we don’t test every kit,” says LaChapelle.
In fact, according to South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the state has more than a thousand sexual assault kits undergoing testing or still awaiting testing.
Little was already serving a life sentence in California for killing three women when he confessed to the staggering number of deaths.
He’s now housed at the Ector County Detention Center in Texas, as more cold cases get reopened across the country. If anyone believes they have information about Samuel Little’s connection to deaths or disappearances, call the FBI tipline at 1-800-634-4097.