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Cold cases scoured for ties to Calif. case

Samuel Little’s rap sheet is over 100 pages long.

Samuel Little’s rap sheet is over 100 pages long.

LOS ANGELES — When Los Angeles cold-case detectives caught up with Samuel Little last fall, he was living in a Christian shelter in Kentucky, his latest arrest a few months earlier for alleged possession of a crack pipe.

But the investigators wanted him on far more serious charges: the slayings of two women in 1989, both found strangled and nude below the waist, victims of what police concluded had been sexually motivated strangulations.

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Little’s name came up, police said, after DNA evidence collected at old crime scenes matched samples of his that were stored in a criminal database. After detectives say they found yet another match, a third murder charge was added against Little.

Now, as the 72-year-old former boxer and transient awaits trial in Los Angeles, authorities in jurisdictions in California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio are scouring their own cold-case files for possible ties to Little. One old murder case, in 6, Miss., already has been reopened. DNA results are pending in others.

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Little’s rap sheet, more than 100 pages long, details crimes in 24 states spread over 56 years — mostly assault, burglary, armed robbery, shoplifting and drug violations. In that time, authorities say, he served less than 10 years in prison.

But Los Angeles detectives allege he was also a serial killer, who traveled the country preying on prostitutes, drug addicts, and troubled women.

Associated Press

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