Confessed serial killer Samuel Little indicted in decades-old killings in Ohio
The killings in Ohio happened in 1984 and 1991. Samuel Little has confessed to killing more than 90 women across the U.S., but not all have been confirmed.
Samuel Little, who often went by the name Samuel McDowell, leaves the Ector County Courthouse after attending a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 26, 2018 in Odessa, Texas.Mark Rogers / Odessa American via AP file
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A grand jury in northern Ohio has returned indictments charging an already-jailed man who has confessed to more than 90 murders in the killings of two women whose bodies were found in 1984 and 1991.
Samuel Little, who is serving life terms after being convicted of killing three women in California in 1987 and 1989, has confessed to killing 93 women, over half of which have been confirmed, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said.
"There are no words to describe the pure evil that exists within Samuel Little," O’Malley said in a statement. "His heinous disregard for human life is incomprehensible."
In the Ohio killings, Little, 78, is charged with four counts of aggravated murder and six counts of kidnapping.
He is accused of strangling Mary Jo Peyton, 21, between May and June of 1984, after meeting her at a Cleveland bar and driving her to an abandoned factory. He killed her inside his car and then dumped her body in a basement stairwell, O’Malley said.
Around Aug. 24, 1991, Little was allegedly driving in Cleveland and offered a ride to Rose Evans, 32, but drove her to a vacant lot and is accused of strangling her and covering her body with two tires in the lot, the prosecutor said.
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There may be other victims in Ohio. O'Malley said that while incarcerated in Texas, he confessed to killing numerous other women, including five in Ohio, three of whom lived in the Cleveland area.
Cold-case investigators have identified two of those victims, O'Malley said. He said that the third possible victim in the Cleveland area has not been found or identified, and the prosecutor’s office is investigating that case with law enforcement agencies.
Little has said he killed 90 women, and the FBI has been trying to line up those admissions with unsolved deaths in more than a dozen states from 1970 to 2005, authorities have said.
He was convicted in 2014 of killing three women in California in 1987 and 1989, and he was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.