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The Texas Department of Public Safety has released new details about unsolved murders that were committed by serial Killer Samuel Little, AKA Samuel McDowell, in an effort to bring closure.  

Little, who died in prison 2020, confessed to killing 93 people between 1970 and 2005. He was convicted of three murders in 2014 and another in 2018.  

During his time in prison, Little spent considerable time being interview by Texas Ranger James Holland. Through these interviews, more than 60 of Little’s confessed murders have been matched to victims through DNA evidence and/or extensively corroborated interviews.  

One of the murders Little was connected to is the 1993 murder of Bobbie Fields in Lubbock.  

Fields’ body was located in an open field near the 1200 block of Keel Avenue on Aug. 8, 1993. Little originally thought he had killed Fields in the Wichita Falls area in 1976 or 1977, but through the investigation, plus Little’s detailed drawing of his victims he produced, it was discovered the murder he confessed to is the Fields killing.  

Lubbock Police connected Little to the murder through its Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit – which investigates cold cases – in 2019 and brought an indictment against him that summer. A grand jury issued an indictment on Little and a warrant was issued for his arrest, though Little was already in jail in California at the time.       

Little also spent time in a Lubbock jail for shoplifting. In 2006, he was ordered to spent 14 days in jail on the charge.  

DPS released information on 31 new cases that have been confirmed to be linked to Little. Of these new cases, 16 of them are in Los Angeles, Calif.; five in Florida; three in Georgia and one each in Cincinnati, Ohio; Knoxville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Charleston, S.C.; and Gulfport, Miss.  

Among the new cases linked to Little, 28 of the victims were black females, which accounted for the majority of Little’s known victims.  

Information about these cases can be found at https://www.dps.texas.gov/news/new-details-released-unsolved-samuel-little-murders.  

Each of the still unmatched murders occurred between 1970 and 1997. If you have any information you believe will help investigators solve any of these, contact the Texas Rangers at rangers@dps.texas.gov or 1-512-424-2160; or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or tips.fbi.gov.  

Nathan Giese, Muleshoe Journal


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