A self-confessed serial killer continues to talk to investigators. So far, 78-year-old Samuel Little has admitted to some 90 murders all across the U.S.

Little was living in Kentucky homeless shelter when he was arrested in 2012 and extradited to California on narcotics charges. The Los Angeles Police Department obtained a DNA sample, which connected him to the murders of three women in California for which he was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole.

At the time, the L.A.P.D. also asked the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) to work a full background on him. It lead to more cases connected to Little, including one in Odessa, Texas.

When Texas authorities went to California to talk with Little in Spring 2018 -- he agreed to talk in exchange for a move to a prison in Texas.

Little has since confessed to 90 killings from 1970 to 2005 as investigators in more than a dozen states have come to sit down with him.

Two of those cases are from Mobile in 1984 -- Hannah Mae Bonner and Ida Mae Campbell. Mobile Police detectives made the trip to Texas to interview Little last November.

"With the details he provided to our detectives face to face -- those are only details someone who was there would know," said Maj. John Barber, MPD.

According to Little, he picked both women up the same night at different times, killed them and dumped their bodies. The cause of death for both women was strangulation.

Bonner's body found dumped in a ditch August 13, 1984. Campbell's body discovered a month later September 6th. According to Barber both cases are confirmed to be victims of Little. 

While some of the dates and locations are off, investigators say his photographic memory of the details are spot on -- as if he wrote the crime report himself.

"His memory is remarkable when it comes to the details of these cases," said Barber. "I think detectives not just here but everyone that has talked to him realize he's not just one who is inflating a number... You have those who want to say I've done this grandiose type of thing... He seems to be very sincere that he did XYZ."

As the FBI continues to corroborate Little's stories, he's been doing sketches of some of his unconfirmed victims. One of them in nearby Pascagoula, Mississippi.

"His actual first time we arrested him in the city of Pascagoula was 8-11-1977. That victim you're looking at is a possible victim of Sam Little," said Lt. Darren Versiga, Pascagoula Police Department.

Lt. Versiga interviewed Little twice late last year. He too believes Little could be their man.

"He was here at the time she would have been killed... He was in our city. We know he's a killer. He says he dumped her in a rural place. He said grass was very high. She was found in very high grass. Those are a lot of similarities. Said she wore a wig... Anthropologist suggested she wore a wig," recalled Versiga.

Versiga went on to say Little and the victim went out on date to eat, then went back to her place in Gulfport.

"They were at her place, she lived in a boarding house. He said he went to the bathroom and made a mess, threw up and she cleaned it up. He said he remembered thinking 'she would make a good wife for someone.' He said he always intended on killing her," said Versiga.

According to the information on the FBI's website of the case: the Pascagoula victim was between the ages of 35 - 45 years old, and possibly worked at the Ingalls Shipyard.

"He said he believed she worked at Ingalls Shipyard as a pipefitter. He said her hands were rough like she had been doing a lot of manual labor," said Versiga. "He just did not remember her name and we don't know who she is."

Versiga is still working to identify her and ask anyone who may have had a female family member turn up missing in 1977 to please contact them at 228-762-2211.

Little was also arrested in Pascagoula in 1982 for the murder of Malinda LaPree and was also a suspect in the murder of Patricia Mounts in Alchua County Florida that same year.

Little was arrested in Pascagoula in November 1982.

"In 1982 we did label him as a being a serial killer. There was information that was coming forward that he had been all over the place doing this. There was evidence in the car that he was in -- that has since been destroyed. But there was evidence in the car that suggested that he had been traveling all over the place assaulting women," said Versiga.

Ultimately the case involving LaPree was strong enough. The case against Little was "no billed" by a grand jury. Pascagoula authorities then turned Little over to Florida investigators working the Mounts murder case. It eventually went to court in 1983, where he was acquitted.

Most of his victims lived high-risk lifestyles... Cold cases now being closed -- as little continues to offer up chilling details from his life as a drifter and killer.

"I think he wants to be famous for what he's done. And that he has been this guy who has gotten away with it for many years. I will tell you they have vetted him very well. They didn't give him any cases and officers have brought cases they thought was good for Sam Little and he would look at them and tell you in a heartbeat - no that's not mine. I don't know who that is... And that's not my case. So he's not taking every case put before him," said Versiga.

When it comes to the Mobile cases, the Mobile County District Attorney's Office plans to pursue charges and send both cases to a grand jury.

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