Samuel Little, who the FBI considered the “most prolific serial killer in U.S. history,” has died at age 80.
The imprisoned convicted murderer passed away at a California hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 30. The cause of his death remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office. There was no sign of foul play in connection with the passing of Little, who suffered from diabetes and heart issues, The New York Times reported.
Little had confessed to strangling 93 people, nearly all women, in total across the United States between 1970 and 2005. He had been convicted of at least eight murders, some of which were solved using DNA analysis, The New York Times said. In 2014, he was convicted of first-degree murder by a Los Angeles County jury for the deaths of three women in the 1980s. Little was serving three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole when he died.
Law enforcement has been able to verify only 50 confessions out of the 93. Many of Little’s victims were marginalized, young Black women estranged from their families and battling poverty and addiction. Many of their deaths were originally ruled overdoses or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes, according to the FBI.