FBI want help identifying victims of worst serial killer in US history
Samuel Little, 79, confessed to strangling 93 victims between 1970 and 2005 last year - triple the number of victims that Ted Bundy confessed to killing.
Now, the FBI is asking the public to help identify more victims of the man they say is America's most prolific serial killer.
Little targeted women, often of marginalised and vulnerable groups, many who were involved in prostitution or suffering from drug addiction. Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths not investigated.
The FBI is hoping to change that.
"For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims," ViCAP Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo said in a statement.
"Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim—to close every case possible."
That's where the public comes in. FBI crime analysts believe all of Little's 93 confessions are credible, but so far they've only been able to verify 50 of them.
They've released information about five cases on the agency's website, "in hopes that someone may remember a detail that could further the investigation."
Each case presented is accompanied by a video of Little explaining the incident and a hand-drawn photo by Little of the woman.
The FBI has used this strategy before, releasing 16 victim portraits Little drew in February.
Little is currently serving three life sentences in California. Before FBI agents knew about his connection to these dozens of murders, Little was already imprisoned for beating and strangling three women.
Then, in 2018, agents noticed his name popping up in connection to other unsolved murders across the country - especially to one in Odessa, Texas.
Texas Ranger James Holland and two FBI crime analysts travelled to California to interview Little over the course of May 2018.
Little, who lived a nomadic lifestyle, claims to have killed 93 women as he crisscrossed the country over the years.
He is in failing health and has exhausted all his appeals.
If the number of killings Little claims to have committed proves true, it would make him one of the most prolific killers in US history.
Ted Bundy confessed to 30 homicides from about 1974 to 1978. John Wayne Gacy killed at least 33 boys and young men in the 1970s.
During his 2014 trial for the 1980s murder of three women in Los Angeles, prosecutors said Little was likely responsible for at least 40 killings since 1980.
For years Little denied that he was responsible for any of them.
It is believed that he finally confessed because he no longer had any reason to hide his role.
Los Angeles cold-case detectives at the time suspected Little was a serial killer, a transient and former boxer who travelled the country preying on drug addicts, troubled women and others.
His criminal history includes offences committed in 24 states spread over 56 years.
Little, who often went by the name Samuel McDowell, grew up with his grandmother in Lorain, Ohio.
With CNN, AP