FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A 78-year-old man jailed in Texas has been confirmed by the FBI as one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, after admitting to 93 murders, at least one of them in Kentucky.
According to the FBI, they are working with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Texas Rangers, and dozens of state and local agencies to match Samuel Little’s confessions with evidence from women who turned up dead in states from California to Florida between 1970 and 2005, including a 1984 killing in northern Kentucky, where he says he left the woman’s body in a rural area outside Covington.
In a 2018 videotaped interview that was recently released, Little told Texas Ranger James Holland that he met the woman outside a strip club in Columbus, Ohio. “I went on out the car. And this white girl come out behind the building. You know, I mean, my trunk open. She walked over to me and says, ‘Come on, y’all. Can you take me to Miami?’”
He described the woman as white, around 25, with dishwater blonde hair that was cut in a bob, 5-foot-7, weighing 130 pounds, and appeared to be “some kind of hippie.”
Little told the Ranger they first stopped in Cincinnati, then crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky. “We continued through Covington. And there was a park that they were having a festival in. And she heard the music from the band in there. And by her being a hippie-type she wanted to get to that. But the police came over and peeked in the car. He really wanted me to move out of there.”
He said they continued driving. “Winding around ... they got hills out in Kentucky. And the road winds around the hills. I seen a little short road going up the hill. And up top, there was, uh, vegetation. There wasn’t no houses or nothing. So I pulled up in there and concealed the car in that little vegetation up there on top of the hill.”
When pressed for a more specific location, Little couldn’t offer much detail. “It was like a dirt road. The grass was growing in the middle between two tracks. When I left her up in there, in that little road up there, on the side of the road, she was like partially concealed by the vegetation. I left her there.”
Thus far, the victim’s body has not been located.
Little was eventually arrested at a Louisville homeless shelter in September 2012 and extradited to California, where he was wanted on drug charges.
Once in custody, Los Angeles Police obtained a DNA match of Little to the victims in three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989 and charged him with three counts of murder. He was convicted and sentenced in 2014 to three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole.
Little told authorities he wanted to move prisons, in exchange for which he would talk about the killings; so he ended up in Texas, where he pleaded guilty to a murder in Odessa.
The FBI says Little remembers his victims and the killings in great detail, like where he was and what car he was driving; and has supplied drawings of 30 women he has killed, including the Kentucky victim. However, he is less reliable when it comes to remembering dates.
Little is in poor health and will likely stay in prison in Texas until his death. The FBI says their goal now is to identify his victims and provide closure and justice in unsolved cases.