America’s ‘most prolific serial killer’ Samuel Little dies at 80

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Samuel Little, the United States (US) ‘most prolific serial killer according to the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI), died in California aged 80 on Wednesday, prison officials said.

Little confessed to 93 murders – mostly of women – carried out between 1970 and 2005, but his coast-to-coast killing spree went undetected for decades.

The former boxer’s victims were mostly drug addicts and prostitutes, and in many cases the women were never identified or their deaths were not investigated.

After Little began naming victims from behind bars, the Federal Bureau of Investigation last year confirmed Little’s involvement in at least 50 of the deaths, and described all his other claims as “credible.”

He died in hospital early Wednesday, with Los Angeles coroners yet to determine the cause of death, the California Department of Corrections said in a statement.