ECTOR COUNTY, Texas. ( NBC News ) Prosecutors tell NBC News that a man already convicted of murder has provided details to dozens of other murders that he may be connected to in several states, including Kentucky.
In 2014, Samuel Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, was convicted of strangling three women in the Los Angeles area from 1987 to 1989. He is serving three life sentenced for those murders. In July 2018, Little was charged with the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers in Ector County, Texas.
He was extradited from California to Texas where he is currently incarcerated. NBC reports that a Texas investigator was able to use the Denise Christie Brothers case as a “catalyst to continue to gain trust and information from Little,” according to a statement from Ector County, Texas District Attorney Bobby Bland.
According to NBC, the 78-year-old may be connected to more than 90 murders that were committed from 1970-2005 in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, and South Carolina.
“He has confessed to over 90 murders in this country and over 30 of those have been confirmed so far,” said Bland.
A statement from Bland says that if Little is found guilty of the murders that he has provided information about, that would make him among the most prolific serial killers in United States history.
“There were some officers with Kentucky State Police who came and participated in interviews with the Texas Rangers of Sam Little,” said Wise County, Texas Sheriff Lane Akin.
Kentucky State Police have confirmed their investigation, but they are not releasing specific details.
“From my understanding and observation the victims are by in large, if not all, female,” said Akin.