FBI: Serial killer Samuel Little linked to murder in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The FBI released a report linking Samuel Little, a man already in a Texas prison for the murders of three women, to a possible killing in Knoxville.

Little, 79, has recently confessed to the murders of 90 women. In 2014, he was convicted and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for strangling three women in the 1980s.

According to the FBI's report, Little "may be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history." After Little's recent confession, the FBI has been working with the Department of Justice, the Texas Rangers and state and local agencies to match up Little's confessions with evidence.

Little admitted to many murders, and has been linked to two killings that occurred in Tennessee, including one that he claims occurred in Knoxville. According to the report, Little confessed to killing an unnamed black woman in Knoxville in 1975. The report lists Little's victim as being 25. The report also claims that Little confessed to the killing of another unknown black woman in Tennessee. The report lists her as being 28 to 29 years old. Little claimed he dumped her body in the Mississippi River on the Arkansas side.

The FBI reports that, though they have confirmed 34 of his confessions, many more remain uncorroborated, the Tennessee killings included.

According to the report, Little "chose to kill marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs. Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths investigated."

The report also says that Little also killed using methods that weren't obvious. He usually "stunned or knocked out his victims with powerful punches and then strangled them." With no obvious bullet or stab wounds, many of his murders were attributed to drug overdoses, accidents or natural causes.

Officials say that Little remembers his victims and their murders "in great detail." He remembers where he was and what car he was driving, and he draws pictures of many of the women he killed; however, he is less clear about remembering the dates of the murders.

According to the report, Little is in poor health and will likely stay in Texas in prison until his death. "The goal now is to identify his victims and provide closure and justice in unsolved cases."

For more information or to report potential cases linked to Little, contact the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program at 800-634-4097.