FBI releases sketches of Texas victims of admitted serial killer

Convicted killer Samuel Little drew sketches of two women he claims to have killed in Texas. On the left is his sketch of a woman he says he killed in Houston and on the right a woman he says he killed in Wichita Falls. (FBI)
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(KWTX) Samuel Little, 78, who the FBI says may be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, has drawn sketches of 16 of the 90 people he claims to have murdered, two of whom he says he killed in Texas.

The FBI has added the sketches to an interactive web page that pinpoints the locations and describes the victims of the murders Little claims to have committed.

The murders are either uncorroborated or involve victims who have not yet been identified.

One of the sketches is of a black woman whom Little claims to have killed in 1976 or 1977 in Wichita Falls.

The other is of a black woman between the ages of 25 and 28 whom Little claims to have killed between 1976 and 1979 or in 1993.

Neither of the Texas murders has been corroborated.

Little is serving a life sentence in Texas after pleading guilty in December in Odessa to the 1994 strangulation of Denise Christie Brothers, whose body was found about a month after she disappeared.

Little was convicted in 2014 of killing three Los Angeles-area women in the late 1980s and was serving life sentences when authorities say he confessed in 2018 to killing dozens more people in 20 states between 1970 and 2005.

An FBI spokesman says authorities so far have confirmed Little's role in almost three dozen cases.

The Texas Rangers launched an investigation of the Odessa murder after the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program or ViCAP, identified the case as one that was potentially linked to Little.

“We sent that lead out to the Texas Rangers, who were eager to follow up on the long-cold case,” said ViCAP Crime Analyst Christina Palazzolo.

Palazzolo and Department of Justice Senior Policy Advisory and ViCAP Liaison Angela Williamson accompanied Texas Ranger James Holland in the spring of 2018 as he traveled to California to interview Little.

“Over the course of that interview in May he went through city and state and gave Ranger Holland the number of people he killed in each place. Jackson, Mississippi—one; Cincinnati, Ohio—one; Phoenix, Arizona—three; Las Vegas, Nevada—one,” Palazzolo said.

By the time the interview was completed, Little had confessed to killing 90 people, usually by stunning or knocking out the victims and then strangling them, the FBI said.