FBI hopes serial killer’s portraits of victims could lead to identifications

Ector County Texas Sheriff's Office shows confessed serial killer Samuel Little. 

"We are hoping that someone - family member, former neighbor, friend - might recognize the victim and provide that crucial clue in helping authorities make an identification", Buchwald said.

So far investigators have managed to link Little to 36 of his claims, spanning the width of the United States, from LA to Washington DC.

Little also told agents that he drew his victims - and each portrait is marked with a city and year in which the murder occurred.

Four of the six South Florida victims were killed in Miami, one in Homestead and another in Kendall.

According to the FBI, Little remembers his victims and the killings in great detail. Little is serving three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole.

Little, 78, stunned investigators last year when he began confessing to nearly 100 killings, carried out over the span of about 35 years.

He usually strangled his victims, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, and numerous deaths were not investigated as homicides but were attributed to drug overdoses, accidents or natural causes.

If his claims are proven to be true, Little will go down as one of the most prolific serial killers in history.

An FBI statement says Little targeted "marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs".

Another is of a black woman with purple hair aged between 25 and 28 years old who was killed in Houston, Texas, decades ago.

Samuel Little drew the portrait from memory almost two decades after he says he killed the woman in 1996 in Los Angeles.

The FBI urged anyone with information about the victims to call or email analysts at the bureau's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program at 800-634-4097.

Samuel Little leaves the Ector County Courthouse in Odessa, Texas Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Authorities were able to place Little passing through the area at the time of the killing, and in exchange for a deal which moved him to a different prison, Little agreed to talk to investigators where he confessed to the murders.

In the other three cases - one from Prince George's County, Maryland, another from West Memphis, Arkansas, and the third from Pascagoula, Mississippi - police have matched one of Little's confessions to skeletal remains and corresponding case files.

Now in poor health, Little is in custody in California, according to Ector County DA Bland.

CNN has reached out to E.J. Leach, the attorney representing Little in the Texas case, and has not yet received a response.

He had been arrested almost 100 times, yet served less than 10 years in prison before detectives tracked him down at a homeless shelter in Kentucky in 2012.

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