Suspected serial killer Samuel Little connected to at least 90 murders

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By Elisha Fieldstadt  with NBC News U.S. News
Samuel Little
Samuel Little

A serial killer convicted of murdering three women in California and recently charged with killing a woman in Texas could be connected to more than 90 murders committed across more than a dozen states and three decades, Texas authorities said Tuesday.

Samuel Little, 78, has provided investigators details on a "multitude" of murders he may have committed between 1970 and 2005 in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, South Carolina, according to the Wise County Sheriff's Office. Little is currently incarcerated at the Wise County Sheriff's Office Jail.

Samuel Little
Samuel LittleWise County Sheriff\'s Office

If Little is found guilty of the murders he's provided information about, he "will be confirmed as one of, if not the most, prolific serial killers in U.S. history," according to a statement from Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.

Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, is serving three life sentences for strangling three women in the Los Angeles area between 1987 and 1989. He was convicted of those murders in 2014, according to NBC Los Angeles.

In July, Little was charged in the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers, in Ector County, Texas, and extradited from California to that state. A Texas investigator "was able to use this case as a catalyst to continue to gain trust and information from Little in order to solve dozens of other cases," said Bland in the statement.