DALLAS (AP) — The FBI has released 16 sketches and other information on a string of unsolved cold-case homicides that investigators say a serial killer admitted to carrying out.
The bureau updated on Wednesday information it had posted in November on its website. The update includes 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 killings took place across the US between 1970 and 2005.
Little, was a former competitive boxer, and according to court records, he would punch his victims before strangling them - leaving less always "obvious signs" the women had been murdered.
"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 wrote in its initial report in November 2018.
Although Little initially pleaded not guilty at his trial, he was eventually convicted and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for killing three women in Los Angeles.
LAPD Det. Mitzi Roberts says Little "vividly" remembers his victims and what he did to them, adding that the focus now is to provide answers for the victims' families.