Serial killer who passed through Tupelo dead at 80

Sam Little

America’s most prolific serial killer and the confessed murderer of a Decatur woman died on Wednesday at age 80.

Samuel Little was serving out a life sentence in a California prison.

In 2018, Little began to reveal that he had killed 93 people in 19 states between 1970 and 2005. Almost all of the victims were women.

Authorities have confirmed he was responsible for nearly 60 of those murders.

In November of 2018, Little confessed to the 2005 murder of Nancy Stevens, 46, of Decatur at a Walmart in Tupelo.

Local authorities were contacted in 2018 by the Texas Rangers, who said that Little had admitted to killing a female named “Nancy,” possibly in the Tupelo area.

Stevens's autopsy showed she was murdered by manual strangulation.

Authorities, who continue to investigate Little’s claims, have confirmed nearly 60 victims.

Little said his first killing was in Miami on New Year’s Eve in 1970. “It was like drugs,” he told Texas Ranger James Holland. “I came to like it.” Little said his last killing was the one that took place in Tupelo. Though he was eventually forthcoming about his killings, he revealed few details of his personal life.

Last year, Little told 60 Minutes that he confessed in hopes that others would not be convicted for his crimes. “I say if I can help get somebody out of jail, you know, then God might smile a little bit more on me,” he said.

“I don’t think there was another person who did what I liked to do,” he told 60 Minutes. “I think I’m the only one in the world. And that’s not an honor, that is a curse.”

Stevens was born March 31, 1959 in Decatur, Ala. She died, at the age of 46, in Tupelo. Burial was in Decatur City Cemetery with Jackson Memory in Town Creek directing.

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