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Golden State Serial Killer, Samuel Little’s Death in Prison


The television station announced Golden State serial killer Samuel Little’s death in California prison.

Samuel Little died in California prison
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The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) confirmed that Samuel Little died at a hospital in Los Angeles County on Wednesday morning. The cause of death is examining by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.

However, California corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said there is no sign of foul play.

“He was linked to the murders through DNA that was matched to evidence found in the crime scenes,” said the CDC in a statement.

Little was convicted of first-degree murder by a Los Angeles County jury on September 25, 2014, and was admitted to state prison on November 24, 2014. He denied for years that he had ever killed anyone.

In 2018, he confessed to Texas Ranger James Holland, who asked him about a killing it turned out Little didn’t commit.

However, during approximately 700 hours of interviews, Little provided details of scores of slayings only the killer would know.

Samuel Little’s Death Cause not Released

Samuel Little was born in Georgia’s Taylor County. He had taken responsibility for at least 93 slayings across the US from 1970 to 2005.

He had been jailed in California since 2012, serving multiple life sentences. According to a report, while he was in prison, he has drawn color portraits of at least 30 of his victims.

The FBI has named him “the nation’s most prolific serial killer.”

Officials reported that Little had been serving three consecutive life sentences for three women’s deaths in the late 1980s. He was convicted through DNA evidence found at the crime scenes in 2014.

He was admitted to the trio of strangulation murders in a “60 Minutes” interview in October 2019.

The most prolific serial killer who ever lived in the US was indicted for murder in the deaths of two women in Cleveland, Ohio, in June 2019.

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Samuel Little, “the Pure Evil”

The prosecutor in the Cleveland case, Michael C. O’Malley, said in a statement: “There are no words to describe the pure evil that exists within Samuel Little. His heinous disregard for human life is incomprehensible.”

The most prolific serial killer said his last killing came in 2005 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He claimed that he also killed people in Ohio, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nevada, Florida, Arkansas, and other states.

Kentucky authorities arrested him in 2012 after DNA linked him to three California homicides.

The most prolific serial killer in the US, Samuel Little, died
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One killing was cracked after Little remembered that his victim wore dentures. Another case in Florida was solved after Little said he had killed a woman near an unusual set of arches.

Little called one victim he met outside a Miami strip club in 1984 as a 25-years-old girl with short blond hair, blue eyes, and a “hippie look.”

He had told “60 Minutes” that his grandmother raised him in Lorain, Ohio, adding that he was married once and involved in two long-term relationships.

He claimed that he had a fetish for women’s necks after his kindergarten teacher touched her neck. He was also always careful to avoid looking at his wife or girlfriends’ necks, and he never hurt anyone he loved, he said.

Accurate and Professional Murdering Innocents

According to an FBI report of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) crime analyst, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught for many years because he thought no one was estimating his victims.

Samuel Little was the nation’s most prolific serial killer
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Authorities said he often used the name of Samuel McDowell. “I don’t think there was another person who did what I liked to do,” Little said. “I think I am the only one in the world. It’s not an honor, that is a curse.”

Almost all of his victims were women, many of them courtesans, drug addicts, or poor people living on society’s edges.

He said he believed they were individuals who would have a few people to look for them and not much evidence of murder for police to follow.

However, local authorities in states across the country initially classified many deaths as accidents, drug overdoses, or the result of unknown causes.

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