Samuel Little: America’s “Worst Chain Killer”

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Samuel Little was born on the 7th of June 1940 in Reynolds, Georgia, to a mother he claimed was a prostitute. He is an American serial killer who has committed a large number of murders. He was educated at the Hawthorne Junior High School, where he had some discipline and behavior problems from an early age. Due to Little’s behavior, he was detained at an institution for juvenile offenders. 

Then he moved to Florida with his mother in his late 20s, where he engaged in various jobs to earn money. He often worked as a cemetery worker and an ambulance attendant.

He has been arrested in eight states for crimes like driving under the influence, fraud, shoplifting, solicitation, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and rape. Little has also practiced boxing during his stints in prison.

For three years in 1961 for breaking into a furniture store in Lorraine, he was jailed and was released in 1964. In 1975, Samuel was again arrested 26 times for various crimes, including theft, assault, attempted rape, fraud, and government officials’ attacks in eleven states.

In 1982, at the Pascagoula, Mississippi, Little was arrested again. This time he has not committed a minor offense. He had committed a homicide. He had murdered a 22-year-old girl Melinda Rose La’Pree. Thus, while investigating the murder case, he was sent to Florida in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Patricia Ann Mount. The body of the murdered woman was found in September 1982. However, due to mistrust of witness testimonies, Little was acquitted in January 1984.

Then again, he was arrested in October 1984 for the kidnapping of Laurie Barros and for beating to death by strangulation. The 22-year-old girl survived. There was no shortage of assassinations carried out by Samuel Little. Once again, he strangled a woman and killed her in the same location where he tried to kill Laurie. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for both murders.

Little, convicted of each of these murders, was re-released in 1987. As soon as Little was released, he went to Los Angeles and committed more than ten murders. He brutally murdered three women in California from 1987-1989. Also, in 1994, he brutally murdered Denise Christie Brothers in Texas.

In September 2012, Little was arrested again at a homeless shelter in Louisville, Kentucky, and extradited to California for a narcotics charge. A DNA test at the time found that he was involved in the murder of the three ladies killed and later found on the streets of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the 1982 Melinda Rose La’Pree’s murder case was re-opened in connection with the new Mississippi’s new circumstances. Investigations have shown that Little was involved in 93 murders of women in several states of the U.S. 

On the 25th of September 2014, Little was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. After his imprisonment, he confessed to several murders he had committed. It was revealed in his confession that all the murders committed by Little were by strangulation.

FILE – This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims. The pictures have proved helpful in cracking cases. Little, pronounced the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, confessed his crimes to homicide detectives well-briefed on how to keep him talking and get the information they needed. (Courtesy of FBI via AP, File)

Little has drawn portraits of many women that he had killed. Those paintings greatly helped to trace the origins of the murders he committed. Because of these facts, Samuel Little can be described as the guiltiest murderer in the United States.

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