Accused Texas serial killer pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office shows Samuel Little. Little, who has confessed to killing more than 90 women across the U.S. An Arkansas woman’s death has been linked to Little, who may be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Authorities say Little has confessed to the 1994 murder of Jolanda Jones of Pine Bluff. The 26-year-old’s death had been determined to be drug-related. (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (KMID) – Samuel Little pleaded guilty today in an Ector County Court. 

Little had admitted to the slaying of Denise Brothers back in 1994. 

He was found guilty Thursday and has been sentenced to life in prison. 

Investigators suspect Little, or Samuel McDowell as he is also known, could be involved in about 90 murder investigations in various states. 

The FBI released a plethora of information on Little weeks ago, giving the world a better understanding of the size and scope of this investigation.

FBI Crime Analysis paints the picture of a now frail 78-year-old man, sitting in a Texas prison. However, what they uncovered about Littles’s life told a much different story.

That man who could now be remembered as the most prolific serial killers in US history has had run-ins with the law dating back to 1956, according to the FBI report.

The report revealed Little dropped out of high school and left his Ohio home in late 1950. He lived a nomadic life, never staying in one place too long.

“Little chose to kill marginalized and vulnerable woman who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs. Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths uninvestigated,” the report reads. 

While the bodies went ‘unidentified,’ Little didn’t forget them. Investigators say he described the victims and murders in great detail, even drawing pictures of many of them.

“Little’s method of killing also didn’t always leave obvious signs that the death was a homicide. The one-time competitive boxer usually stunned or knocked out his victims with powerful punches and then strangled them,” according to the report. “With no stab marks or bullet wounds, many of these deaths were not classified as homicides but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents, or natural causes.”

In some cases, investigators say Little remembered their age, name, where they met and where he dumped the body.

DNA evidence was not available or could not produce a clear link back to Little, since a large number of killings occurred in 1970-1980, before DNA profiling was regularly used.

For this reason, 60 victims are marked as Jane Doe, the report reads.

It was Little’s confession that brought him back to West Texas more than two decades after the reported killing of Denise Brothers back in 1994.

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