Samuel Little

Samuel McDowell

  Active for 36 years
(1970-2005) in United States




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  1. Summary
  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 12 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 2 Books About Samuel Little
  14. 6 External References
  15. Internal References

Samuel Little an American serial killer also known as Samuel McDowell. Little claims to have killed as many as ninety people. He was convicted of three murders in California from 1987 to 1989 and was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. In November of 2018 Little confessed to ninety murders across fourteen states between 1970 and 2005. California authorities have confirmed Little as a murder suspect in sixty cases across fourteen states from as early as 1981, and are working to match the remaining confessions to known murders or suspicious deaths.

Samuel Little Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Samuel Little (aka) Samuel McDowell, was active for 36 years between 1970-2005, known to have ( 60 confirmed / 93 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Samuel Little was born on June 7th 1940 in Reynolds, Georgia, US. He was raised by his grandmother. His father, unnamed. His mother, a single mother with a criminal history, Samuel described her as a lady of the night. His mother abused alcohol and/or drugs. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems.

Samuel Little a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He completed 10 years of school, no degree received. He never married. He had no children mentioned.

Prior to his spree he had killed, commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse alcohol and drugs.

In 1970 (Age 29/30) Samuel Little started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone as a homeless man between stays in prison, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on September 5th 2012 (Age 72), convicted on September 25th 2014 (Age 74), sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at California State Prison in Los Angeles County, Lancaster, California, US.

Profile Completeness: 89%
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Samuel Little has been listed on Killer.Cloud since December of 2018 and was last updated 1 year ago.

Samuel Little a known:

Samuel Little
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-06-19 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Samuel Little
Nickname: Samuel McDowell
Victims: 60 - 93
Years Active: 1970 - 2005
Ages Active: 29/30 - 64/65
Active Countries: United States
Life Span: 1940 -     
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Gemini
May 21 - Jun 21
Birth Month: June
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children mentioned
Living With: himself, alone as a homeless man between stays in prison
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jun 7, 1940
Native Name: Samuel Little
Birth Location: Reynolds, Georgia, US
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: his grandmother
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: a single mother with a criminal history, Samuel described her as a lady of the night
Father: unnamed

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: 10 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Arrested: Sep 5, 2012 (Age 72)
Convicted: Sep 25, 2014 (Age 74)
Sentence: life imprisonment without the possibility of parole
Prison Location: California State Prison in Los Angeles County, Lancaster, California, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
12 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Samuel Little

The 12 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Samuel Little. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jun 07 1940Samuel Little was born in Reynolds, Georgia, US.  #19400607
Jun 07 1960
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
(Age 29/30)
Samuel Little started his serial killing spree. #1970
Jun 07 1970
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Jun 07 1980
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Jun 07 1990
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Jun 07 2000
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
(Age 64/65)
Samuel Little ended his serial killing spree. #2005
Jun 07 2010
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
Sep 05 2012
(Age 72)
Samuel Little arrested. #20120905
Sep 25 2014
(Age 74)
Samuel Little was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at California State Prison in Los Angeles County, Lancaster, California, US.  #20140925
Jun 07 2020
(Age 80)
80th Birthday
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Boolean Questions:
mother drug abuse TRUE 195
problems in school TRUE 221
drug abuse TRUE 226
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
previous crimes TRUE 366
previous jail TRUE 351
previous prision TRUE 336
previous killed TRUE 208
rape TRUE 452
strangle TRUE 442
robbed TRUE 417
living with children FALSE 268
father drug abuse FALSE 192
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
kill at killers home FALSE 319
kill at victims home FALSE 322
used weapon FALSE 452
used gun FALSE 450
torture FALSE 425
stalk FALSE 417
blindfold FALSE 362
bound FALSE 405
sex with body FALSE 429
mutilated FALSE 446
ate part of body FALSE 450
drank blood FALSE 441
posed body FALSE 364
totem body part FALSE 364
totem personal item FALSE 353

Books that Mention Samuel Little

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer Samuel Little)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer Samuel Little)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists

2 Books that mention Serial Killer
Samuel Little

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266

Samuel Little (born June 7, 1940) is an American serial killer. In 2014, he was charged with the murder of three women in California between 1987 and 1989. After this conviction, California authorities said that he might have killed people in nine states from 1982 onwards.

External References
  1. Q25390527 on, Retrieved on Dec 8, 2018.
  2. Samuel Little on, Retrieved on Dec 8, 2018.
  3. Convicted Killer Linked to 90 Murders on, Retrieved on Dec 8, 2018.
  4. CDCR# AV2258, State of California Inmate Locator on, Retrieved on Dec 8, 2018.
  5. DOJ BJA's SAKI Helps Bring Serial Killer Samuel Little to Justice on, Retrieved on Dec 18, 2018.
  6. David Warren, Prosecutor: More than 60 deaths now linked to serial killer on, Retrieved on Jun 19, 2019.
Internal References

Samuel Little is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #1 of 327[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  2. #2 of 40[ Page 1 ] of Gemini Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #2 of 34[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in June
  4. #5 of 651[ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  5. #5 of 250[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #8 of 307[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #12 of 651[ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #148 of 651[ Page 10 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  9. #355 of 651[ Page 24 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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