Man identifies mother as slain woman from serial killer's prison drawing

A Tennessee man believes his mother is one of the women depicted in a series of 16 drawings made by an infamous serial killer in prison. 

Anthony Jones last saw his mother, Priscilla Baxter-Jones, on Christmas Eve 1996, when he was 15 years old, he told WREG-TV

"She was like, 'I love you son… I’m gonna see you for Christmas tomorrow.' I’m like, 'Yes ma'am, I'll see you tomorrow,'" he told the station. "Next day comes, nobody heard from my mama. Day after that, nobody heard from my mama."

Baxter-Jones's body was discovered in the Mississippi River nearly two weeks after she disappeared. The 36-year-old prostitute had been raped, stabbed and strangled to death, and her killer was never caught. 

However, after the FBI released a series of drawings serial killer Samuel Little created of his victims while in prison, Jones and his family believe they know who her killer is.

"We put those pictures side by side and you know, like, that's her," Jone's wife, Erica Wells-Jones, told WREG-TV.

Jones said that beyond the sketches' uncanny resemblance to his slain mother, he also recognized Little's face and thinks he may have even met him before. He claims Little had a personal relationship with his mother for a few months before she was killed.

"I automatically knew who he was ‘cause I don’t forget faces," Jones told the station. "That’s just me. I can't forget faces."

FBI releases drawings serial killer Samuel Little made of his victims
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FBI releases drawings serial killer Samuel Little made of his victims

Atlanta, Georgia

Unmatched Confession: Black female between 23-25 years old killed in 1984. Victim possibly a college student.

Atlanta, Georgia

Unmatched Confession: Black female between 35-40 years old killed in 1981.

Atlanta, Georgia

Unmatched Confession: White female, age 26, killed in 1983 or 1984. Victim possibly from Griffith, Georgia.

Houston, Texas

Unmatched Confession: Black female between 25-28 years old killed between 1976 and 1979 or in 1993.

Prince George’s County, Maryland

Confession Matched to a Jane Doe: White female between 20-25 years old killed in 1972. Victim possibly from Massachusetts.

Granite City, Illinois

Unmatched Confession: Black female, age 26, killed between 1976 and 1979. Met victim in St. Louis, Missouri. Victim possibly called "Jo."

Las Vegas, Nevada

Unmatched Confession: Black female, age 40, killed in 1993.

Monroe, Louisiana

Unmatched Confession: Black female, age 24, killed between 1987 and the early 1990s.

Wichita Falls, Texas

Unmatched Confession: Black female killed in 1976 or 1977. Body disposed of somewhere outside of Wichita Falls (city unspecified).

West Memphis, Arkansas

Confession Matched to a Jane Doe: Black female between 28-29 years old killed in 1984. Victim picked up in Memphis, Tennessee.

Miami, Florida

Unmatched Confession: Black female, age 18, killed in 1971 or 1972. Victim possibly called "Mary Ann" or "Marianne."

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Confession Matched to a Jane Doe: Black female between 35-45 years old killed in 1977. Met the victim in Gulfport, Mississippi. Victim possibly from Pascagoula. Victim possibly worked at Ingalls Shipyard.

Phoenix, Arizona

Unmatched Confession: White female killed in 1997. Victim possibly called "Ann."

Phoenix, Arizona

Unmatched Confession: Hispanic female in her 40s. Killed in 1988 or 1996. Victim possibly from Phoenix.

Los Angeles, California

Unmatched Confession: White female between 23-25 years old killed in 1996.

Covington, Kentucky

Unmatched Confession: White female killed in 1984. Met victim in Columbus, Ohio. Body disposed of somewhere in Northern Kentucky (city unspecified).

These incidents are either linked to victims who have not yet been identified (Jane Does) or to murders described by Samuel Little that have not yet been definitively corroborated by law enforcement (unmatched confessions). The information depicted when selecting the pinpoints on the map (also available in text form below) is based on interviews with Samuel Little; they are his confessions and recollections, and dates are approximations.

Little, 78, was arrested at a Kentucky homeless shelter in September 2012 and extradited to California, where he was wanted on a narcotics charge. Once he was in custody, the Los Angeles Police Department was able to match his DNA to three unsolved homicides from 1987 and 1989 and charge him with three counts of murder. 

In 2014, Little was convicted on all three counts and was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. He is reportedly in poor health and will likely remain in prison in Texas until his death.

Little had previously been charged with killing women in Mississippi and Florida in the 1980s but escaped indictment in Mississippi and conviction in Florida, according to the FBI. He had also served time for assaulting a woman in Missouri and for the assault and false imprisonment of a woman in San Diego.

He has since confessed to 90 murders, 34 of which have been officially linked to his claims. 

Little's typical victims were vulnerable women like Jones' mother, many of whom were involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs. Their bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths uninvestigated.

The FBI released drawings of the women Little made in prison, along with information about their deaths, in hopes of positively identifying the victims and providing justice and closure in their cases.

Anyone with information related to Samuel Little's victims is urged to contact the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program at 800-634-4097.

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