Once Samuel Little was in custody again in California, DNA databases were reexamined and, turns out drugs and burglary were indeed the least of his wrongdoing. He was immediately linked to yet another slayingÂ…then another and another and anotherÂ…until dozens of unsolved killings in just as many municipalities began to match up with his established motif and meanders.
Some murder victims less equal than others
How 56 years of documented crimes equals less than 10 years total jail time is anybody's guess at this point. Certainly the wandering killer was known in enough jurisdictions nationwide to have been nabbed much sooner, so Little's either very lucky or the law itself unbelievably sloppy.
In either case, authorities from California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio, just to name a few states in the union, will have some answering to do now. Especially if Little is in fact the man who's also been roaming cross-country assaulting and strangling female bar patrons andÂ—his favoriteÂ—sex workers.
Therein lies the key to this madman's invisibility unfortunately: Cops aren't particularly sympathetic to these types of victims and that hallmark indifference has set many a serial killer of his caliber free to slay again.
A perverse pattern
For premeditated murderers like Samuel Little, prostitutes make the ideal victim because they're not often missed and, in the unlikelihood one or two might survive an attack, their testimony is given small credence by the criminal justice community because of their illicit occupation.
Many prostitutes won't bother to testify against perps, even on behalf of butchered associates, because of the hard time police give them. Others disappear completely.
Little himself had a knack for making such females vanish, by the way: He allegedly dealt them a knockout punch, masturbated over their comatose bodies, and then strangled them.
This sexual perversion, officials claim, rendered rape kits fairly useless and largely contributed to the potential serial killer eluding capture throughout the years, prior to the use of DNA testing.
Perhaps that's true, but still, the man did end up in criminal court on a regular basis, sometimes monthly and sometimes even for assault and murder of women. Yet he beat those charges time and time again whilst, with each and every acquittal, the death toll kept on climbing.
Little's penchant for the penitentiary began at age 16 when he was convicted for burglary. For that the fledgling felon served a short stint in a youth detention facility, but when he was finally freed only a few months later was arrested again for breaking and entering.
Now, for the first time in his long and winding trail of criminality, America's newest serial killer extraordinaire Samuel Little is being held without bond, and, with a case this strong against him, has virtually no hope of ever again being released.
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