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    CA + more - SAMUEL LITTLE aka Samuel McDowell, 1970's thru final arrest 2012

    A homeless man in Louisville, Ky has been linked to three cold case murders in California. His name is Samual Little, also known as Samuel Little and Samual/Samuel McDowell.


    http://www.wdrb.com/story/20543301/s...meless-shelter

    "U.S. Marshals say they found a 72-year-old suspected serial killer hiding out in a Louisville homeless shelter. Samuel Little is charged with three cold case murders out of Los Angeles that date back to the 1980s.

    Marshals say Little is a career criminal who went by several other names and that his criminal rap sheet spans 24 states.

    He was arrested in September at Wayside Christian Mission on an old narcotics charge and sent back to Los Angeles. New DNA test results have linked him to the cold cases."


    http://www.wave3.com/story/20538174/...-in-california

    "Wayside officials said Little had been staying at the shelter only a few weeks. They said Little didn't cause problems while he was there. Authorities don't know what brought Little to Louisville. DNA evidence has him behind bars now.

    "I think Samual McDowell, Samual Little is a monster,' said Los Angeles Police Detective Mitzi Roberts.

    Little went by several different names over the years. He was known as a drifter, a career criminal who has been in trouble with the law in more than 20 states. He somehow made his way to Louisville and found shelter at Wayside Christian Mission."
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    I searched for his name and didn't see anything on Websleuths about Little/McDowell. I haven't had the chance to look more into his murders but will try soon.

    I work in a doctor's office and it's flu season, so I'm far too exhausted to jump into it right now. If you have any additional info, feel free to put it here. I need to take a brain break.

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    Here is a story that mentions his victims and some of his past crimes. It also states that he had "a violent side" and likely purposely targeted drug addicts and prostitutes.

    I don't have many more details about him, but that sounds like he's an "average" serial killer who's learned where to find his victims... in someone who likely wouldn't call the cops if they ran into trouble.


    http://global.christianpost.com/news...-killer-87891/

    "Police discovered DNA that links Little to the crimes, according to The Los Angeles Times. The three victims were listed as Carol Alford, 41, found dead on July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, whose body was discovered Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, found Sept. 2, 1989."

    "Little, who once identified himself as Samuel McDowell, had been charged with two murders and two attempted murders in Florida during the early 1980s, but escaped charges. Little also served two years in a San Diego prison after being convicted of assaults on two separate women."

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    This is a little off-topic, but it comes from something in the wave3.com story above...

    "Officials at Wayside said they do not do background checks on the clients they serve. To stay at the shelter all a person needs hey say all you is an ID, a TB card, and they make sure a client isn't on the sex offender registry."

    This angered me because I already feel like society is "too monitored." There are countless cameras recording you as you go about your life. You need to show your ID for this and for that. You need to register this and that or be in violation of the law. It is truly (at least in KY now) much more of a hassle/paperwork/etc to purchase a box of Mucinex-D (or anything containing pseudoephedrine/Sudafed) than it is to pick up a box of Demerol or Fentanyl!

    How easy is it for a homeless person to get an ID? They don't have residences, so (unless it IS their residence) the homeless likely aren't going to have an vehicle or easy way to the government buildings they'd need to go to. What would they use as their address? I've been checked/cleared in regard to TB, but I don't have a card stating such. I could get it from my doctor, but I don't know how easy that would be for someone who just needs to find a place to sleep for the night. And those that don't pass the screening, are they just told to sleep on the streets, which the shelters are put in place to prevent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bflocket View Post
    This is a little off-topic, but it comes from something in the wave3.com story above...

    "Officials at Wayside said they do not do background checks on the clients they serve. To stay at the shelter all a person needs hey say all you is an ID, a TB card, and they make sure a client isn't on the sex offender registry."

    This angered me because I already feel like society is "too monitored." There are countless cameras recording you as you go about your life. You need to show your ID for this and for that. You need to register this and that or be in violation of the law. It is truly (at least in KY now) much more of a hassle/paperwork/etc to purchase a box of Mucinex-D (or anything containing pseudoephedrine/Sudafed) than it is to pick up a box of Demerol or Fentanyl!

    How easy is it for a homeless person to get an ID? They don't have residences, so (unless it IS their residence) the homeless likely aren't going to have an vehicle or easy way to the government buildings they'd need to go to. What would they use as their address? I've been checked/cleared in regard to TB, but I don't have a card stating such. I could get it from my doctor, but I don't know how easy that would be for someone who just needs to find a place to sleep for the night. And those that don't pass the screening, are they just told to sleep on the streets, which the shelters are put in place to prevent?
    I agree with "too monitored", however, I understand why a homeless shelter asks for I.D. and a health card. Most still let people in without them, but there are a lot of criminals in the shelters and more crimes occur. Health card is so you are not passing crap to the others in the cots beside you, or drinking, eating, smoking after you.

    Otherwise, I'm with you on that rant!

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    Very good links, thorough job. But as there has been no conviction(s) this person is not a serial killer but a suspected one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21merc7 View Post
    I understand why a homeless shelter asks for I.D. and a health card.
    I didn't mean that I didn't understand them. I was just trying to think about being homeless. Due to some legal issues, my drivers license is suspended. And my ID (which has the address of an apartment I was staying while my house was being rebuilt after a fire) is not expired. So I guess it is valid, even though I've moved. And I was just trying to think of how complicated it would be for someone with no full-time home.

    And I would indeed worry about whether there was a "criminal" in the cot next to me, were I to have to stay in a shelter.

    But I don't think that a criminal (sex offender or what-have-you) should be turned away if the shelter has at least some form of supervision or security.

    The only other option is to let the criminals/etc stay out on the street "in public" (with the most basic sense of the term).
    That would put the neighborhood in even more needless danger, wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Very good links, thorough job. But as there has been no conviction(s) this person is not a serial killer but a suspected one.
    I didn't mean to be slanderous to this fellow.

    He'd been arrested on some kind of a drug warrant earlier in 2012. Then they got the DNA hits on the cold cases. I figured that meant that the arrest wasn't based on mere gossip or circumstance or other factors (āla Casey Anthony, Drew Peterson, etc, whose names are out there for good).

    I mean, Dean Corll was never actually convicted of murder for a single one of the victims found in his boat shed. Yet we still use his name without fear. I thought the DNA matches would trump mere "accusations" and such.

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    Samuel Little: 3 Cold Case Murder Charges For Suspect Who Could Be Serial Killer -- LAPD

    DNA evidence cases were linked to him through the California Department of Justice's DNA Combined Internet Index System (CODIS) offender databank earlier this year on the Audrey Nelson and Guadalupe Apodaca cases.
    .. Cold case detectives are continuing to work with other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation in areas where Samuel Little has been known to frequent. Other Los Angeles area cases are still being reviewed for a possible connection to Little.

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    http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2...d_case_dna.php

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    Man, 72, held in 1980s serial killings

    Los Angeles Police Department detectives allege that Samuel Little preyed on women in downtown and Central Los Angeles, meeting some at bars before strangling them and dumping their bodies.

    If the allegations are true, it would mark the discovery of yet another serial killer operating in Los Angeles during the 1980s. Two years ago, the LAPD arrested a man it said was the notorious Grim Sleeper allegedly responsible for at least 10 slayings in South L.A.

    "It was theft by day and murderer by night," Jackson said of Little.
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    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan...spect-20130108

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    n the second incident in San Diego, a police officer approached a car downtown and saw Little getting out of it zipping his pants. Inside the vehicle, the officer found an unconscious naked woman.

    “The first thing she said when she was revived was, ‘He tried to kill me,’” Roberts said. The woman told police she had been raped.
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    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/...ect-san-diego/

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    Only On KCAL9: Woman Speaks Out After LAPD Catches Alleged Serial Killer Tied To Mother’s Murder

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/...others-murder/

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    Suspect, 72, Arrested in 1980s Cold Case Murders: Police

    Anyone with information was asked to contact police at 213-486-6810. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-7784).

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/lo...185952311.html

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    Victims of alleged L.A. serial killer all had children, LAPD says

    Officials would not elaborate on the backgrounds of the victims but said all three had children.

    Police identified the victims as Carol Alford, 41, found dead on July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, whose body was discovered Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, found Sept. 2, 1989. Their bodies were discovered in the Central Avenue-Alameda Street corridor, just south of downtown.

    Little was being held in Wasco State Prison after being extradited and could not be reached for comment.

    The LAPD is now working with other jurisdictions to determine whether Little might be a suspect in additional killings.

    If any law enforcement agencies have similar killings that occurred between 1960 and the present, they should contact LAPD cold case detectives,” Roberts said.
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...-children.html

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