A man who claims he has killed more than 90 women across the country pleaded guilty Friday, Aug. 23, to murdering four women in Ohio. Samuel Little appeared via Skype from the California state prison where he’s serving multiple life sentences. He admitted in separate hearings that he killed two women in Cincinnati and two in Cleveland.
Little is possibly the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, surpassing others such as John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer.
Little was convicted in California of three slayings in 2013 and pleaded guilty to another killing last year in Texas. Authorities have said they have confirmed at least 60 of the 93 slayings he said he committed in 14 states while he crisscrossed the country for decades.
According to Fox News, on Friday, Little admitted to killing 32-year-old Anna Stewart in 1981 as well as an unidentified Jane Doe, who prosecutors said could have been killed anytime between 1980 and 1999. Her age could have been from 15 to 50 years old. The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office announced in June that Little had been indicted in both murders and said that authorities are examining old autopsy records to determine whether the Jane Doe victim had been found.
Fox19 Cincinnati reported Hamilton County Judge Melba Marsh asked the 79-year-old killer a series of questions about giving up his rights to trial, Little answered affirmatively, sometimes with “Yes, ma’am.” The judge then sentenced him to two consecutive terms of 15 years to life in prison.
The Defense attorney for Little, Timothy McKenna of Cincinnati told the judge that at this stage in his life, Little wants to help police identify his victims and close cold cases.
Only hours later, Little pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder in the killings of two Cleveland women: 32-year-old Rose Evans, who died in 1991 and 21-year-old Mary Jo Peyton, who died in 1984.
Fox also reported Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo sentenced Little to 40 years or more in prison, which will be served after the sentences he’s received in Texas, California and Cincinnati. Authorities in the Cleveland area are still investigating a third possible murder by Little there.