Prosecutors say that 78-year-old Samuel Little, serving three life sentences for strangling three women in the Los Angeles-area in the late 1980s, may be responsible for as many as 90 deaths around the country.
Three of those deaths are in Tennessee, and one is from the Tennessee Valley, according to the FBI.
Little is currently in a Texas prison. He was arrested at a Kentucky homeless shelter in September 2012 and extradited to California, where he was wanted on a narcotics charge.
He has allegedly confessed to dozens of murders, which if true would make him one of the deadliest serial killers in U.S. history.
While in custody, Los Angeles Police Department detectives obtained a DNA match to Little on the victims in three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989. He was charged with three counts of murder and convicted.
The three Tennessee cases are:
Black female between 25-30 years old killed in 1980 or 1981. Met the victim in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Killed in Dade County, GA.
Black female, age 25, killed in 1975. Picked up in Knoxville, Tennessee. Unmatched Confession.
Black female between 28-29 years old killed in 1984. Victim picked up in Memphis, Tennessee. Killed in West Memphis, Arkansas
Little was sentenced in 2014 to three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole.
The FBI says that Little’s method of killing didn’t always leave obvious signs that the death was a homicide.
The former competitive boxer usually stunned or knocked out his victims with powerful punches and then strangled them.
With no stab marks or bullet wounds, many of these deaths were not classified as homicides but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents, or natural causes.
The FBI says that Little is in poor health and will likely stay in prison in Texas until his death. Their goal now is to identify his victims and provide closure and justice in unsolved cases.