Man confesses to killing at least 90 people over 40 years

A convicted murderer in the US has claimed he was involved in as many as 90 killings spanning nearly 40 years.

If Samuel Little, 78, is found to be telling the truth, he will become America’s deadliest serial killer.

Little has been convicted of three murders in California and has long been suspected of being involved in numerous other deaths.

According to a Texas prosecutor, Little has provided details in more than 90 deaths dating back to 1970, with investigators corroborating a third of them already.

 78-year-old Samuel Little claims he was involved in as many as 90 murders. Image: Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said the 78-year-old was booked into jail this week following his indictment in the 1994 death of a Texas woman and investigators with law enforcement agencies in several states have travelled to speak with him about other unsolved murders.

“They’re able to match up over 30 cases so far,” Mr Bland said. “So far we don’t have any false information coming from him.”

Little was convicted in 2014 of the murders of three women – Carol Alford, 41, Audrey Nelson, 35, and Apodaca, 46 – in Los Angeles.

A timeline of Samuel Little’s lengthy criminal history. Image: AP

During his 2014 trial in Los Angeles, prosecutors said it was likely that Little was responsible for at least 40 killings since 1980, with authorities looking for links to deaths in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Texas.

Bland speculates that Little finally confessed after the appeals to his life sentence in California were ultimately rejected and he no longer had any reason to hide his role.

Little is next due in court later in November and if what he claims is true, he will join the likes of Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Harold Shipman as some of the most prolific serial killers in the world.