US ‘most prolific serial killer’ Samuel Little dies at 80

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Samuel Little, a man described by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in US history, has died aged 80.

Little died in a California hospital on Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

He was serving a life sentence for the murder of three women. But by the time of his death, he had confessed to killing 93 women between 1970 and 2005.

Little targeted vulnerable individuals, many of whom were sex workers or drug users, officials say.

A former competitive boxer, Little would knock his victims out with punches before strangling them – meaning that there were not always obvious signs, like stab or bullet wounds, the person had been murdered.

Instead many deaths were incorrectly determined to be overdoses or accidental and were never investigated. Some bodies have never been found, the agency said.

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