Samuel Little: The Most Prolific Serial Killer In U.S. History Has Finally Been Found

By | October 19, 2019

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Samuel Little, Maybe The Most Prolific Serial Killer In American History. Source: (Photo by Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Serial killers hold a strange place in our collective consciousness. We abhor the terrible crimes they commit but also examine them with a strange, morbid curiosity. As TV shows like Netflix's Mindhunter and Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes grow more and more popular, real-life police may have recently uncovered the most prolific serial killer in the history of the United States.

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In this handout photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serial killer Samuel Little is seen in a composite image depicting multiple mug shots. Source: (

The Worst Serial Killer In U.S. History

His name is Samuel Little, and he was born in Reynolds, Georgia in 1940. After spending most of his adult life in and out of prison, a judge finally just handed him a life sentence in 2014 for the murder of Elford Nelson. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of his terrifying story may not have seen the light of day if not for the work of a particular Texas Ranger. (No, not that one. Sorry.)