*Warning: The post you are about to read may be too graphic for some people, it may contain descriptions of crime scenes, violent crimes, adult situations, reader discretion is advised.*
There are serial killers who kill and join the ranks of more infamous murderers. There are some names that when asked who is the most prolific serial killer in the United States, we immediately mention them; Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy. But maybe the most prolific killers out there are the least well known.
I haven’t heard of this serial killer until I had seen advertising about a documentary on him. Have you heard about him? His name is Sam Little, and he has claimed to have killed as many as 93 women, police have linked him to over 60 murders.
June 7, 1940 Samuel Little was born in Reynolds, GA, to a mother who he claimed was a prostitute. He was raised mostly by his grandmother in Ohio. During Junior High School he had problems with discipline and achievement. He had started to fantasize about strangling women as a child and sexual fantasies began soon after. He would collect true crime magazines depicting women being choked.
At the age of sixteen, Sam Little, had his first run in with the law. He was convicted of breaking and entering, and was held in a juvenile institution. In his twenties, he moved to Florida to live with his mother and had odd jobs, and was arrested in 8 states for a variety of offenses including fraud, shoplifting, assault, and rape. In 1982, Sam had been arrested and charged with murders in two states and in both instances he was either not indicted, or acquitted.
Moving to California, Sam was in the San Diego area, and in 1984 he was arrested for kidnapping, beating, and strangling a 22 year old woman. She survived. One month later he was again found with an unconscious woman in his car; this time, he served over 2 years in prison. After his release in 1987, Sam Little moved to Los Angeles and continued murdering women, a total of 10 in that area.
September of 2012, Sam was arrested at a homeless shelter in Louisville, KY, and extradited to California for narcotics charges. At this time his DNA was tested to establish that he was involved with the murders of Carol Ilene Elford, murdered on July 13, 1987; Guadalupe Duarte Apodaca, murdered on September 3, 1987; and Audrey Nelson Everett, murdered on August 14, 1989. Due to the new circumstances the murder that he was not indicted for in 1982, was reopened. Sam Little was tested for involvement in 93 murders in over 18 states.
In September of 2014, Sam Little was convicted of the murders of Elford, Apodaca and Everett. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
I may never have heard of this case had it not been for seeing the advertisements for the Confronting a Serial Killer show. The show has 5 episodes and is based on information from Sam Little, Mitzi Roberts of the LAPD who captured him, and from Jillian Lauren who was interviewing Sam and investigating the story.
Sam Little passed away in Los Angeles County area hospital on December 30, 2020. He suffered from diabetes, heart problems, and other health concerns.
For a full list of Sam Little’s victims, please view them online. Here is a list of images that Sam Little sketched himself. Most of his victims are unnamed and so far unidentified.
Be ever alert, make good choices, be safe