Authorities say an accused serial killer on trial in Los Angeles has ties to possible murders in the Southeast and even had contacts here in Louisiana. 72-year-old Samuel Little is charged with the murders of three California women. But it's his ties to this area that have raised some questions about unsolved cases here.
The cold cases out of L. A. may help solve many more after the arrest of Little. Little is accused of strangling three women in the 1980s. And the case has opened the floodgates nationwide.
"Basically it was a theft by day, murder by night, that's what we've termed it," said Det. Rick Jackson with the Los Angeles Police Department. "And we know he was really active in the southeast."
Detectives say Little holds a 100-page rap sheet, spanning over 50 years and in 24 states, including a drug arrest in Lake Charles just last year. His arrest prompted local authorities to look back on their cases as well.
Police say before his arrest, he was also linked to New Orleans and Slidell. Jefferson Davis Parish authorities looked into a possible connection months ago, where the infamous "Jennings 8" murders occurred between 2005 and 2009.
"We received an intelligence bulletin back in February, whenever Little was arrested in Kentucky and we immediately started to see if there was any indication he was in the Jennings area," said Commander Christopher Ivey with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office.
LAPD believes Little may have stayed in Southwest Louisiana for a time with either friends or at homeless shelters. But Ivey says so far, nothing has linked little to any of their cold cases.
"We don't close the doors on any of them (cold cases) and not until we're absolutely sure," said Ivey. "But, we just don't have anyone coming forward giving his description."
Detectives say they're confident more information will eventually turn up in cities across the country.
"There's definitely a lot of interest in this guy and we have reason to believe it's in the dozens, very easily because he's been out so much and the kind of person he preys upon," said Jackson.