Samuel Little, most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, dies
Little, 80, confessed to over 90 murders and was serving multiple life sentences. He was pronounced dead Wednesday at a California hospital.
Samuel Little listens as he is sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s, in a Los Angeles courtroom in 2014.Nick Ut / AP file
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:58 AM EAT / Updated Dec. 31, 2020, 6:49 AM EAT
By Phil Helsel
Samuel Little, a serial killer who confessed to more than 90 murders across the country and who was serving multiple life sentences in prison, died Wednesday at a hospital in California, officials said.
Little, 80, was pronounced dead at 4:53 a.m., the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.
An official cause of death was not released and will be determined by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, the corrections department said.
Foul play is not suspected in Little's death, said Dana Simas, spokesperson for the department. Corrections officials said he had been ill for some time.
Little was serving three life sentences without possibility of parole for killing three women in Los Angeles County in the 1980s.
But he confessed to many more killings that occurred all over the country, and the FBI named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
Little eventually confessed to strangling 93 women across the country between 1970 and 2005.
He was first convicted of killing the three women in Los Angeles County in 2014, two years after he was extradited to California on a narcotics charge and after DNA matched him to the old crime scenes, officials said.
Little lived a nomadic lifestyle and moved around a lot, and he targeted women who were involved in prostitution or drugs, the FBI has said. He was a former boxer who punched and strangled most of his victims, whose deaths were often ruled as overdoses or other causes, according to the FBI.