The question isn’t whether 78-year-old Georgia native Samuel Little is a killer — it’s how prolific a killer he is, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Already serving life for strangling three California women, the boxer and drifter has been making confessions, claiming he’s killed more than 90 people across the U.S. over four decades. Authorities are trying to vet his statements, while scouring files to see if he could be connected to more cold cases. Little is from Taylor County, west of Macon. In that area, Little claims he killed Fredonia Smith, 18, whose parents said she went out for ice cream and never returned in 1982. Her remains were found a month later in a backyard. Little is in a Texas jail in connection to yet another homicide.
“Little gave investigators specific details and information, which linked him to [two] ‘cold case’ homicides,” said Macon-Bibb County, Ga., Sheriff David Davis. Columbus, Ga., resident Brenda Alexander’s body turned up off a dirt road in Phenix City, Al. in 1979. Detectives with the Alabama city’s police department also interviewed Little in the Texas jail, where he told them he strangled the 23-year-old after meeting her at a dance club. “I don’t believe he was making any of this stuff up. I think he’s just telling a story like he remembers it,” said Phenix City Police Capt. Jason Whitten. “He gave some details of the crime that no one else would know.” Whitten is confident the confession can bring resolution to the long-cold case and comfort to the victim’s family. “They deserve some closure after all these years,” he said. “That’s what it should be about, not the sensational story of this serial killer.”