Convicted Murderer Linked to 90 Murders Via FBI Program

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has had a major and disturbing breakthrough on a series of crimes dating back nearly 50 years, thanks to its Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). This week, the agency announced that it had successfully connected 34 murders to Samuel Little, a 78-year-old man currently imprisoned in Texas.

According to the release, Little “may be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history,” responsible for attacks that spanned nearly five decades, from 1970 through 2005. Little has confessed to 90 confirmed murders, to date.

Little was initially detained in 2012 in a Kentucky homeless shelter, where he was ultimately extradited to California on a narcotics charge, at which time a DNA sample provided a “match to Little on the victims in three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989.” He was subsequently convicted and faces three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

The FBI notes that Little had been charged with killing women in Mississippi and Florida in the early 1980’s, but that he “escaped indictment in Mississippi and conviction in Florida,” also serving time “for assaulting a woman in Missouri and for the assault and false imprisonment of a woman in San Diego.”

Little’s success in evading numerous law enforcement organizations over multiple decades is attributed in part to his targeting vulnerable women involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs, with many of the deaths dismissed as overdoses, only being classified as homicides when later investigations reopened the matters for closer examination.

However, according to Kevin Fitzsimmon’s, ViCAP’s Supervisory Crime Analyst, “The biggest lesson in this case is the power of information sharing. These connections all started in our database of violent crime.”

ViCAP tracks four primary categories relating to violent crimes, notes the FBI:

  • Homicides and attempts that are known or suspected to be part of a series or are apparently random, motiveless, or sexually oriented

  • Sexual assaults that are known or suspected to be part of series and/or are committed by a stranger

  • Missing persons where the circumstance indicate a strong possibility of foul play and the victim is still missing

  • Unidentified human remains where the manner of death is known or suspected to be homicide

The agency’s services include “crime analysis; the creation of maps, timelines, and matrices; information dissemination; the facilitation and coordination of communications between agencies; task force assistance; and the development and maintenance of ViCAP Web.”

Posted in The Takedown


You can't afford NOT to have FEDS protection.

Visit FEDS Online

This Week on FEDtalk

Two Opportunities for You

Tune in to the next episode of FEDtalk on Friday, November 30th, 2018, to hear the latest from Shane Canfield, CEO of WAEPA, who will be discussing the company’s new offerings, and what federal employees should be thinking about, with Open Season in full swing. Also on the program will be Senior Executives Association President Bill Valdez discussing the upcoming 2018 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit, to be held on December 13, 2018.

Read more ...

Hear it from FLEOA

An Update on the OPM Cyber Breach

In the wake of the most recent data breach of Equifax, FLEOA has provided an update on the June 2015 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach to include claims, lawsuits and legislation.

Read more ...

The free weekly e-report for Federal Law Enforcement

Get in touch with us

Email FEDagent publisher

Copyright 2018
Hosted by Peak Media Company, LLC