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Four decades of murder: Jillian Lauren on confronting America’s most prolific serial killer

Born in Reynolds, Georgia in 1940, Samuel Little is considered the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Following his arrest in 2012 for the murders of three women in Los Angeles, Little confessed to killing 93 women between 1970 and 2005.

This week, Cox Media Group’s Nicole Bennett had the opportunity to speak with New York Times best-selling author and journalist Jillian Lauren. Following his murder conviction in 2014, Lauren confronted Samuel Little and fought to identify many of his unknown victims before his death six years later in December 2020.

>> Listen to the full episode below.

As a true crime expert, Lauren continues to help victims’ families search for clues to bring their cases to a final close.

Jillian’s fourth book, “Behold The Monster: Confronting America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer”, is scheduled to be released this July. Her story is also featured in a Starz documentary called “Confronting a Serial Killer”.

More than 60 of Little’s confessions have been definitively matched to victims through DNA evidence and/or extensively corroborated interviews.

Although he avoided a murder conviction until 2014, Little had numerous run-ins with law enforcement across the country all throughout his life.

Lauren’s journey with the Samuel Little investigation began with a call to Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Detective Mitzi Roberts – the officer who put Little behind bars in 2012.

Following months of exchanging letters with him, Lauren finally got a face-to-face meeting with Little. In the hundreds of hours of interviews that followed, Little confessed to dozens of murders for the first time.

Listen to the full episode above for more on how Little gave Lauren a powerful and terrifying window into the psyche of a serial killer.

Beyond Criminal Headlines is a podcast in which Cox Media Group’s Nicole Bennett sits down with experts who’ve investigated some of the most notorious cases in U.S. history. Find the latest ‘Beyond Criminal Headlines’ content on any podcast provider or listen on demand here.

Nicole Bennett

Nicole Bennett

CMG Digital Content Producer

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