Man confesses to over 90 homicides, solving two Macon cold cases

Investigators say 78-year-old Samuel Little confessed to killing over 90 women over four decades across the United States, and this includes two homicides in Macon.

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MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office solves two cold cases from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s thanks to a recent confession.

Investigators say 78-year-old Samuel Little confessed to killing over 90 women over four decades across the United States. This includes two homicides in Macon.

Little is currently serving a double life sentence in a California prison for three separate homicides. Captain Shermaine Jones and Investigator Daniel Shurley from the Bibb Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit interview Samuel Little.

They say Little confessed to committing a homicide that took place on August 19, 1982, near Washington Park. That’s where a female’s body was found in the back yard of a home on Magnolia Street. The female was strangled to death. Detectives sent the remains to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab and identified the remains as those of Fredonia Smith.

Little then confessed to another “cold case” homicide that took place in 1977. In that case, the body of a female was found on property off Riverside Drive near Sue Drive. It was reported that the Bowman family discovered skeletal remains of a human, lying in the yard, near the edge of the woods.

The victim’s identity is still unknown. In 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation completed a reconstruction of the homicide victim’s skull. Little gave investigators specific details and information which linked him to both “cold case” homicides where Little admitted to strangling both women.

Based on this new information, investigators were able to bring a resolution to these two homicide investigations.

Investigators have informed the family of Fredonia Smith about the recent developments concerning their loved ones death.

Sheriff Davis said, “This chain of events bringing closure to these homicides illustrates the fact that these cases, while considered “cold “are never forgotten,” said Sheriff David Davis. “With fresh information, Investigators were able to solve these decades’ old murders as if they’d happened yesterday.”

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