The LAPD announced the arrest of a 72-year-old man, authorities believe is a serial killer, responsible for the murders of at least three women in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
The Los Angeles Times reports, Samuel Little is charged with the 1987 murder of Carol Alford, 41 and the 1989 murders of Audrey Nelson, 35 and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46. Each of the victims’ bodies were discovered in the Central Avenue-Alameda Street corridor, south of downtown Los Angeles.
LAPD Detectives investigating the case say DNA evidence was the key that reopened the over 20-year-old cold cases. Dets. Mitzi Roberts and Rick Jackson traversed the country following Little’s trail. He committed crimes in 24 states since the 1950s, but served little time for those offenses.
"We believe he is good for many more crimes, including murders ,throughout the United States," said Roberts. "If any law enforcement agencies have similar killings that occurred between 1960 and the present, they should contact LAPD cold case detectives."
Many of Little's arrests included burglary and shoplifting, which authorities believed were to fuel bar hopping, and for drunk driving. According to authorities, he met his victims in bars and while cruising in his car.
Little’s criminal record also includes violent crimes. Little was acquitted of the 1982 murder of Patricia Ann Mount, 26 in Florida.
The Pascagoula Police Department never brought him to trial in the three Mississippi cases, including the strangulation death of Melinda LaPree, 24, in 1982, although the PPD has reopened that case in light of new evidence.
Little was extradited from Kentucky, where he was arrested Sept. 5 on a drug warrant issued in Los Angeles, LA Weekly reports.
While the LAPD build a case against Little, it is working with other jurisdictions to determine whether Little might be a suspect in additional killings, said the LA Times.