Skip to comments.Is Samuel Little the Most Prolific Serial Killer in the USA?
Posted on 05/05/2020 12:31:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Samuel Little, otherwise known as the Choke and Stroke Killer, is certainly one of the serial killers who has flown most under the radar over the years. Samuel Little may have killed as many as 93 people by knocking them unconscious and then strangling them to death.
Little was given his nickname by the LAPD because he often masturbated after his kills. The vileness of such an act aside, it is remarkable that Little got away with killing so many people. True crime lovers often lose sleep over the thought of how many serial killers may still be on the loose. Its people like Little who are the stuff of nightmares, constantly succeeding in evading the law.
Even as you read this article its statistically impossible that there wouldnt be any serial murderers planning their kills right now. How about we tuck away that terrifying thought and focus on a guy whos finally been cut? Lets discuss the life and kills of Samuel Little.
The childhood of Samuel Little
Authorities believe its possible that Littles birth may have happened in prison. Little claims that his mother was a prostitute and that this is why he was mostly raised by his grandmother in Lorain, Ohio. Little had a hard time in school and eventually dropped out.
Run-ins with the law began young for Little. He committed theft in his teens and got placed in juvenile detention. From then on his crimes only got worse. Little moved from state to state in the 1950s and got thrown in jail numerous times for things like driving under the influence, fraud, robbery, assault, and rape.
Little got arrested a total of 25 times in multiple states but his time in prison never amounted to too long. Little claims that when he was in his late 20s he moved to Florida and performed work as both a cemetery worker and ambulance attendant. Perhaps this is where his fascination with death began.
How Samuel Little chose his victims
Samuel Littles kills ranged all the way from 1970 to 2005.
When questioned about how he chose his victims, Little takes pride in the strategy involved. He said to the New York Times, I never killed no senators, or governors, or fancy New York journalists. Nothing like that. I stayed in the ghettos.
Obviously this tactic was a well chosen one, since it took so long for him to get caught. Little targeted drug addicts, prostitutes, and people of color. He was careful about his method of murder too. Part of the reason he killed the way he did was undoubtedly in order to get off, but the fact that Little only knocked out and strangled people also made it harder for authorities to mark them as victims of foul play.
Little said sometimes he felt he was commissioned by God to relieve his victims of their unhappiness by killing them. At other times, he said he felt like he was possessed by the devil.
Samuel Little was finally caught on September 5, 2012 when the LAPD attached him with DNA evidence to the murders of Carol Ilene Elford, Guadalupe Duarte Apodaca, and Audrey Nelson Everett. Who knows how many more would have been murdered had humanity not already successfully mapped the human genome. Thank God for DNA testing!
So, is Samuel Little the most prolific killer?
According to the FBI, he is indeed the most prolific killer to date. . . that we know of. The FBI have only confirmed 50 of Littles confessed 93 kills, but they firmly believe he is responsible for more of his confessions. They even have a page on their website dedicated to helping civilians report who might have been a victim of Little.
Listening to Little confess to his murders on video is bad enough, but Little has also made color portraits of his victims. These pictures (along with his video confessions) are posted on the FBIs website in order to aid them in their search for evidence. This page is one of the eeriest on the internet. We can tell you that much.
Want to learn more about Samuel Little?
The documentary Confessions of a Serial Killer examines how Little managed to be so prolific. Oxygen is also streaming a documentary called Catching a Serial Killer: Sam Little. This feature focuses on how the FBI caught Little and the nature of his chilling confessions.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell is estimated to have murdered 1800 babies outside the womb that were viable at 6 full months or older.
He is by far the biggest serial killer in US history.
No argument on this one.
There is a show on Netflix called “Mindhunters”. It is about the start of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. The FBI guys go interview famous serial killers in jail to try to figure them out.
The killers are portrayed by actors that look very much like them. The dialouge during the questioning is taken from the interview tapes.
One of the first guys they interview is this huge guy. But he is very smart and calm during the interviews.
“So - you don’t think you are a freak?”
“Oh yes - but there are a lot of freaks out there.”
“Wait - so you think there are more killers out there? How many?”
“Well, based on the number of missing persons, I would estimate that at least 10 at any one time. Perhaps up to 20 or more.”
I recall one other statement he made. Something about how the planning and killing and all of that made his occupation very stressful.
“Wait - did you say ‘occupation’?”
“Well, what would you call it? It’s certainly much more than just a hobby.”
I noted awhile ago that serial killers don’t seem to be a big thing anymore. I’m sure they are out there, but they don’t seem to be as prevalent.
I wonder how much of deviant behavior is driven by the media? It seems like there were waves of serial killers. Waves of airline hijackings. Waves of bombings. And now waves of school or mass public shootings. Although those now seem to have tapered off with Covid-19 taking over the news. Oh - I guess the obvious cause is no schools and no mass gatherings!
But wait . . .
I thought only angry racist white males are the serial killers?
Joel Rifkin killed 17 women, all prostitutes.
The first ones first name was Susie.
He was caught because he got sloppy. Rifkin was driving his latest victim to a disposal site when he was pulled over because his truck didn’t have plates.
I never saw the TV show, but I read the book by former FBI Agent John Douglas.
The huge guy you are talking about was Ed Kemper, the “Co-Ed Killer,” who is 6’9’’ and has
an IQ of 145.
By the way, Kemper was never caught, he turned himself in.
Ben Stein had a run in with his Kemper’s mother while he was a teacher at UC Santa Cruz, just a year
or two before he murdered her.
(He murdered is grandparents at 15, but was let out of a state psychiatric when he was 21 years old.
I remember when that happened, it was a big story in the NYC area.
See, once again you have a black man excelling at something, and they were only giving white men credit. His achievements were invisible, because he’s black.
Blacks account for most homicides. I have a feeling that the only reason we might think there are more white serial killers, is because more black-on-black murders are never solved.
In the book The Sociopath Next Door, the author states that 1 out of 4 people in the United States are sociopaths - ranging from the petty bureaucrat at the DMV to the Ted Bundy types.
“Sociopath: a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.”
Interesting. Does answer those questions during the day when you wonder “How can people just do stuff like that?”
Sociopath: a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.
Perfect description of a democrat.
Very first thing that came to my mind - and thinking how many other serial killers are using this same PC disguise to sate their satanic impulses.
Didn't Elaine date him?
But what if contracts the Wuhan Virus in prison. Thats not fair......
If Ann Rule didn't write a book about it, it didn't happen.
I believe she did! Or someone with that name.
And Newman took over Son of Sam’s postal route!
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