FBI posts victim sketches drawn by admitted serial killer

DALLAS — The FBI has released sketches drawn by an admitted serial killer of some of his victims, along with other information on a string of unsolved cold-case homicides to which investigators say the man confessed.

The bureau updated on Tuesday information it had posted in November on its website. The update included drawings made recently by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims.

An FBI statement says Little targeted "marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs." The bureau hopes the information will generate tips and clues from the public that could help solve the dozens of unsolved homicides.

The FBI says Little, who's 78, is in poor health and is expected to remain in a Texas prison.

The Texas Rangers say Little to date has confessed to 90 homicides nationwide over the past four decades. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland in Odessa, Texas, said 50 cold homicide cases have been closed as a result and most of the unsolved homicides remaining are in California

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Notorious suspected serial killers throughout history

Theodore Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. Shortly before his execution, after more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. 

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Luis Alfredo Garavito, a handyman known as "Goofy," has confessed to raping, torturing and then beheading some 140 children during a seven-year orgy of bloodshed across Colombia. The case has shocked the nation which has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America and authorities are describing it as Colombia's worst-ever serial murder case. 

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Patrick Wayne Kearney (L), the confessed 'Thrashing Killer,' arrives at the Criminal Courts Building under the watchful eye of a sheriff's deputy. Kearney pleaded guilty to eighteen murders of young boys and men in return for a prosecution promise that he would not get the death penalty.

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Aileen Wuornos is shown in this undated photograph from the Florida Department of Corrections. Wournos was executed by lethal injection October 9, 2002 in Florida for murdering six men when she was a prostitute.

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William G. Bonin (left), a 33-year-old truck driver and registered sex offender, was accused of the 'torture' murders of at least 13 and possibly 21 young males, suspected victims of the so called 'Freeway Killer.' The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department also said Vernon Butts (right) was an accomplice in at least six of the 21 murders.

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Joseph James DeAngelo is believed to be the the East Area Rapist, also known as the Golden State Killer, who killed at least 12, raped over 45 people and burglarized hundreds of homes throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s.

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(Original Caption) San Francisco: San Francisco police circulated this composite of the Bay Area's 'Zodiac' killer. At left is a drawing from witnesses to slaying of a cab driver in San Francisco. The amended drawing on the right was based on further questioning of the witnesses. The suspect is also linked with four other slaying in Napa And Vallejo, California.

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Undated handout photo of Japanese Tsutomu Miyazaki who was sentenced to death by Toyko District Court on April 14, 1997 in a high-profile serial murder case concerning the gruesome killings of four young girls.Japan on June 17, 2008 carried out the sentence and executed the serial killer.

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Alexander Pichushkin is followed by a policeman as he enters the courtroom for preliminary hearings at a Moscow court August 13, 2007. Investigators now believe the "Bitsa maniac," who claims he killed to fill squares on an imaginary chessboard, may have murdered 62 people, 10 more than previously thought, an Interior Ministry official said as RIA Novosti agency reported.

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Notorious Ukrainian cannibalistic serial killer Andrei Chikatilo behind bars in Rostov on the Don, Russia. Chikatilo, who claims to have killed 55 people, is being charged in the murders of 53.

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Charles Cullen, 43, from Bethlehem, Pennslyvania, is seen in a photograph. Cullen has admitted to killing 40 terminally ill patients in nine hospitals and a nursing home in the past 16 years.

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Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The gruesome murders involved rape, necrophilia and cannibalism. Pleading insanity, the court found Dahmer sane and guilty on 15 counts of murder and he was sentenced to 15 life terms, the equivalent of 957 years in prison.

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(Original Caption) This is a police photo of John Wayne Gacy, 37, being held for questioning in connection with the discovery late 12/21 of five badly decomposed bodies. The bodies, believed to be of young people, were found in the crawl space of a home owned by Gacy. He operated a construction business from his home and employed several young men, neighbors said.
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The FBI says Little, whom the bureau said "may be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history," has a criminal record dating to 1956. But only recently has he opened up about the long list of killings he has said he committed. Agents who have interviewed Little say he remembers his victims and the killings in great detail, including where he was and what car he was driving. But he could provide little help on dates, creating a challenge that the FBI hopes Little's drawings can help surmount.

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