Monday, January 07, 2013

Samuel Little, aka Samuel McDowell: Yet Another Black Serial Murder Suspect from ‘80s’ Los Angeles: Moved Around the Country, May Have Killed Scores in 24 States, but Don’t Expect the National Media to Cover Him

February 2, 1988 mug shot of serial murder suspect Samuel Little, aka Samuel McDowell, then 47

The most recent mug shot of serial murder suspect Samuel Little, aka Samuel McDowell, 72

Posted by Nicholas Stix

[See also, at WEJB/NSU: “Updates on the Los Angeles “Grim Sleeper” and “Westside Rapist” Serial Murder Cases, from David in Tennessee.”]

Exclusive: LAPD arrests serial killer suspect from 1980s
January 7, 2013 |  3:04 pm

Authorities on Monday said they have arrested a 72-year-old man in connection with the slayings of three women in the late 1980s, alleging he is a serial killer who operated in Los Angeles as well as in Florida and the Gulf Coast region.

Samuel Little, 72, has been extradited to California from Kentucky, where he was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in early September on an unrelated criminal warrant, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Little was charged Monday by the L.A. County district attorney's office with three murder counts and special circumstances for multiple murder. No immediate decision has been made whether to pursue the death penalty against Little.

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LAPD Detectives Mitzi Roberts and Rick Jackson, who investigated the case, said there is DNA evidence linking Little to the Los Angeles slayings but would not elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation. The crimes are all sexually motivated strangulations, they said.

Police identified the Los Angeles victims as Carol Alford, 41, found dead on July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, whose body was discovered Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, from Sept. 2, 1989. Their bodies were discovered in the Central Avenue-Alameda Street corridor, just south of downtown.

The bulk of Little's arrests -- which numbered in the dozens -- were for crimes such as drunk driving, shoplifting and burglary; but detectives said he had a far more sinister side that included bursts of violence such as murders, robberies and assaults directed at those with "high-risk lifestyles" including prostitutes and substance abusers.

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"It was theft by day and murder by night," Jackson said of Little.

Little, also known as Samuel McDowell," committed crimes in 24 states but served relatively little time in state prison or county jail, the detectives said. In the early 1980s, Little was accused of a two murders and two attempted murders in the Gainsesville, Fla., and Pascagoula, Miss., areas.

Little, at the time identified in press accounts as Samuel McDowell, was acquitted by a Florida jury in the strangulation murder of 26-year-old Patricia Ann Mount, whose body was discovered Sept. 12, 1982.

He was never brought to trial in the three Mississippi cases, which include the strangulation death of Melinda LaPree, 24, on Sept., 14 1982. That case has been reopened by the Pascagoula Police Department in light of new evidence, authorities said.

Little served limited prison time relative to his crimes and kept a step ahead of authorities by constantly moving among states. According to LAPD detectives, he had an arrest record in nearly every region of the continental U.S. except the north central states.

After avoiding convictions in the South, Little headed to California, where he lived in the mid- to late 1980s in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas.

He served more than two years in state prison after being convicted of assault and false imprisonment of two San Diego women in separate cases, police said. Shortly after being paroled, detectives say, he killed the three Los Angeles women.

His exact movements after leaving Southern California are not entirely clear, but detectives say they believe Little is responsible for further violent crimes, including murders.

"We believe he is good for many more crimes -- including murders -- throughout the United States," Roberts said. "If any law enforcement agencies have similar killings that occurred between 1960 and the present, they should contact LAPD Cold Case Detectives."

[Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this story.]


Anonymous said...

Some years ago a black serial killer raped and murdered a young white girl who was around 13 or 14. He attacked her in broad daylight and drug her between two houses assaulted and murdered her, nobody saw the attack but he was identified running away. Turned out he had killed other young girls. The story didn't even merit front page coverage in the local newspaper (the Oregonian). It was "covered" or should I say buried, in the back metro section. I don't even remember a mention on the TV news. There have been other serial murders of young girls by white killers and they always received front page coverage and the stories lingered for months. It was clear the only reason this story didn't get more coverage was because the perp was black and, as we all know, the media is reluctant give coverage to black criminals. I wish I could remember this guys name but it's been a while, I could probably dig it up but there's always less info regarding black serial killers so it would take some work. You're right, this guy won't get the attention he deserves, guess the national media would rather sacrifice the lives of young girls and women at the altar of black political correctness. Jerry

Anonymous said...

It's striking how many black serial killers have surfaced in the last decade (they always existed) or so. Some have been cold cases, others like in Cleveland, recent.

Samuel Little, aka Samuel McDowell, is another who operated in (presumably the black part) LA during the 80's and 90's. Others who have been convicted are Chester Turner and Michael Hughes. The Grim Sleeper, Lonnie Franklin, has yet to be tried.

Still another, John Floyd Thomas, preyed on elderly white women for decades. He was only caught in 2009through a DNA sweep intended for the Grim Sleeper.

For years the several dozen killings in South LA (no longer called South Central) were thought to be the work of a single "South Side Slayer." Four or five indivduals have been named and/or convicted. Most of the killings were prostitutes or drug users enticed into the killer's car.

David In TN

Anonymous said...

I believe the reason these black serial murderers and rapist go on for so long and stack up so many victims is because the Main Stream Media, that's radio, TV, and so-called newspapers refuse to report on black crime and black criminals. The media refuses to report the race of the criminal unless the criminal is White and seldom if ever does the media show a photo or video of the black criminal so the public is almost always totally unaware of what the criminal looks like and in many cases does not even know that a black serial killer in working their area. If the media does cover the black crime it is done just locally and quickly done with no real report on the significance of the crime. One might say the media is complicit with the black criminal.
Also the blacks refuse to cooperate with police with their "no snitch" culture. Police also are reluctant to investigate black crime because of fear that the NAACP and black leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and others will accuse them of racism.
Then there is the not reporting of crime by police so that many citizens do not know of the real threat of crime in their area. Thus the rise of the black serial killer.
Of course, many blacks are racist and hate Whites, then in areas run by blacks a lot of crime just goes "un-noticed".

Unknown said...

"Allegedly" right Stix? Which means the authorities can't prove he is a serial killer. There are scores of black men on death row being exonerated by DNA evidence for "allegedly" being murderers. You are a pathetic racist bitch.

Chicago guy said...

Channel surfing the various cable channels turns up one show after another revolving around murders of various types. A person can get a pretty distorted view of the world by watching television. The same old serial killers keep getting drilled into our heads whereby we almost know all their names by heart. They seem to focus on the white ones, though. I can't recall any drumbeat about the black ones. The Wayne Williams one of Atlanta is the only one I can think of having seen anything about. Perhaps the black ones are too boring and dreary to bother with. Inarticulate morons can't compete with a Manson for colorfulness. Or perhaps it's an editorial decision not to display blacks in an unflattering light.

Nicholas said...

uptown steve, formerly uptown seve,

I’m glad to see that someone corrected the spelling of your cyber-handle for you. Now she can read my reply to you.

I already called him a suspect. Are you demanding that I call someone “allegedly a suspect”? You don’t realize how stupid that sounds, do you?

If I were a betting man, and you weren’t the racist dirtbag that you are, I’d bet you that Samuel Little/McDowell will turn out to be one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. He had lots of time, and kept moving from state to state. The constant moving across state lines is the biggest red flag of them all.

Those “scores of black men on death row being exonerated by DNA evidence” are a figment of your imagination. You need to take a good look at the “pathetic racist bitch” in the mirror.



Full Auto said...

My understanding is that there are over 400 known black serial killers. Naturally, the MSM has little interest in them as compared to whites. Here is a small sampling...

1. Matthew Emanuel Macon (Murdered and Raped 5 White Women in Lansing)

2. Jimmie Reed (Murdered his wife and his 2 month old daughter and set them on fire)

3. Shelly Brooks (Murdered 7 prostitutes in Detroit Cass Corridor)

4. Justin Blackshere (Stabbed two white cooks at Cheli’s Chili downtown Detroit)

5. Jervon Miguel Coleman (Murdered three people.)

6. Donell Ramon Johnson (Murdered a mother and a daughter)

7. Brian Ranard Davis (6 women known murdered)

8. Paul Durousseau (Seven women)

9. Mark Goudeau “The Baseline Killer” (Eight women and a man in 2005-2006)

10. Coral Eugene Watts (11 women in Texas & 1 in Michigan)

11. Anthony McKnight (Five girls and young women)

12. Derrick Todd Lee (8 Women)

13. Charles Lendelle Carter (4 known murders; admits to ‘hunting’ Atlantans for 15 years!)

14. The Zebra Killings (71 White people)

15. Chester Turner (L.A.s most prolific killer 12 women killed.)

16. Lorenzo J. Gilyard (Kansas City, MO.—13 victims)

17. Eugene Victor Britt (Gary, IN.–3 known murder/rapes.)

18. Reginald and Jonathan Carr (The Wichita Massacre–6 Whites murdered)

19. Ray Joseph Dandridge and his uncle, Ricky Gevon Gray (Richmond, VA.–Murdered 7 people in 7 days, including an entire White family.)

20. The Tinley Park Murderer (Suspect hasn’t been found but has been described as black – murdered 5 women in a store.)

21. Henry Louis Wallace (Raped and strangled 5 women to death.)

22. Charles Johnston (Murdered 3 unarmed white men in hospital)

23. Craig Price (Brutally murdered 3 women)

24. Harrison Graham (Brually Murdered 3 women)

25. Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton (Murdered 6 Whites at the Kirkwood, MO. city council. )

26. & 27. Darnell Hartsfeld & Romeo Pinkerton (Abducted and Murdered 5 from a restaurant)

28 &29. John Allen Muhammad & Lee Boyd Malvo (Sniped 11 people from a car in DC, 9 died.)

30. George Russell (3 women, WA state)

31. Timothy W. Spencer (5 killed, Arlington, VA and Richmond, VA)

32. Elton M. Jackson (12 gay men killed, Norfolk, VA area)

33. Carlton Gary (3 killed in Columbus, GA)

34. Mohammed Adam Omar (16 women, Yemen. Omar is Sudanese.)

35. Kendall Francois (8 women, Poughkeepsie, NY and surrounding areas.)

36. Terry A. Blair (8 women, Kansas City area)

37. Wayne Williams (33 many of them children!, Atlanta, GA)

38. Vaughn Greenwood (11 killed in LA)

39. Andre Crawford (10 killed in Chicago – southside)

40. Calvin Jackson (9 killed possibley more in NY)

41. Gregory Klepper (killed 8, Chicago – southside)

42. Alton Coleman (Killed 8 in the Midwest)

43. Harrison Graham (killed 7+ in N. Philadelphia)

44. Cleophus Prince (6 killed in, San Diego45. Robert Rozier (7 killed in, Miami)46. Maurice Byrd (killed 20 + in St. Louis)

47. Maury Travis (17 and rising, St. Louis and possibly also Atlanta)

48. Hulon Mitchell, a.k.a. Yahweh Ben Yahweh (killed 20+ in Florida)

49. Lorenzo Fayne (killed 5 children in East St. Louis, IL)

50. Paul Durousseau, (killed 6, two of which were pregnant women, Jacksonville, FL; Georgia.)

51. Eddie Lee Mosley (killed 25 to 30 women, south Florida)

52. Henry Lee Jones (killed 4 in, south Florida; Bartlett, TN)

53. Richard “Babyface” Jameswhite (15 killed in, New York; Georgia.)

54. Donald E. Younge, Jr. (killed 4), East St. Louis, IL; Salt Lake City, UT.

55. Ivan Hill (killed 6 in Los Angeles area).

56. Michael Vernon (Bronx, NY. Killed at least seven people – )

57. Chester Dewayne Turner (12 women killed in, Los Angeles)

Anonymous said...

Uptown Steve,

Scores of black men have been proven to be guilty of murder in cold cases because of DNA and AFIS fingerprint databases. Samuel Little is yet another in a long line.

David In TN

Anonymous said...

Hey "Uptown Steve"
Bundy "allegedly" killed scores of women but was convicted of only a few murders. That's typical of serial killers, unless they bury the bodies in their homes like Gacy it's difficult to know how many they've killed. It's educated guesswork based on tracking their movement and their profiles. Keep in mind, even though blacks are overrepresented as serial killer in relation to their population percentage, they still don't fit the typical "profile" which makes you wonder: How many serial murders have not been attritubed to black killers because they don't fit the typical "profiles"?

Let me guess here: You would never challenge the "alleged" kill totals of any white serial killers (then it's gospel truth) but when they're black it's all a big setup by the (white) "man".

What's funny about people like you "Uptown" is you're clueless to just how translucent you are.

Let me guess what else. You won't respond to any of this. You types never do. Jerry

Anonymous said...

The reality is that whites are overwhelmingly guilty of serial killing and therefore gey overwhelming mainstream media coverage....u need to seek the official legal definition of serial killer before complaining that the coverage isnt there....if a person kills 50 people in one day in one instant that person is not a serial killer....but 3 or more in a span of 30 days or more is... Is this creep a serial killer? Sure he is...thats fact...more facts? Plenty of black serial killers exist and they do get coverage...why dont u remember?? Too many freakazoid white serial killers dominating the media on a regular basis with drastic numbers...prolific serial killers:btk, jwg, green river, tb, hll, ot, aw(florida WOMAN)....furthermore too many black men imprisoned on life sentences or long stretches...vastly reducing the number of blacks in the free population....66% of all serial killers are white...keep in mind 50% more black men are incarcerated than whites....didnt say they commit more crime....but are incarcerated in greater numbers for longer periods of time...does that mean if these imprisoned blacks were not imprisoned they would be committed murders at the serial killer level....could or maybe they wouldnt...we dont know....if more white men were incarcerated would that decrease the number of serial killers from the white population? Could or maybe not...we dont know...but as it stands from the government provided data that can be searched by any interested and capable person, blacks represent less than 5% of all serial killers in the US while whites represent an astonishingly 66%.....take it for what u will.....but i will say williams dourousseau and watts were prolific black and highly covered

Nicholas said...

Anon, April 22, 2013 at 12:22:00 AM EDT,

Since 1990, over 80 percent of known serial killers in America have been black.

Last year, Justin Lee Cottrell set the number as 88.24 percent since 2000, but that was too small a sample. His numbers since 2000 were over 80 percent.