Authorities identify woman believed to be victim of Samuel Little, America's most prolific serial killer

거의 44 years after hunters discovered human remains near a Mississippi highway, authorities have identified the victim as Clara Birdlongwho they believe was killed by 사무엘 리틀, America’s most prolific serial killer.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. 작은 died last year at age 80 while serving three consecutive life-without-parole sentences for the deaths of three women in the late 1980s — 그러나 he had confessed to 93 other killings between 1970 과 2005, FBI에 따르면.
targeted women, often of marginalized and vulnerable communities, many of whom were involved in prostitution or suffering from drug addiction and whose bodies sometimes went unidentified and their deaths were not investigated.
      I’d go back to the same city sometimes and pluck me another grape,” Little once said in an interview with investigators that was obtained by 워싱턴 포스트. How many grapes do you all got on the vine here?” 그는 말했다, adding that he would avoidpeople who would be immediately missed.
        An image of "Escatawpa Jane Doe&인용; created from her description in the 1970s when the remains were found

        I’m not going to go over there into the White neighborhood and pick out a little teenage girl,” Little had said, 에 따르면 그만큼 우편.
          Two years prior to his death, Little had confessed to multiple murders across the Southeast, including the killing ofEscatawpa Jane Doe,” whom he had said he did not know by name. The sheriff department’s statement did not provide details about the confession and the crime.
          In Birdlong’s case, hunters found the skeletal remains of the victim, who had been known asEscatawpa Jane Doe,” in December 1977, 보안관 부서는 말했다. Investigators learned that Little was arrested in Pascagoula, Jackson County’s seat, 8 월 1977 for petit theft.
          A medical exam back then found the remains belonged to asmall in stature African American woman, with a distinctive front gold tooth and possibly wearing a wigwho was likely killed three or four months prior, 보안관 부서에 따르면.

          How investigators identified the victim

          수년에 걸쳐, there were several attempts to identify the womanincluding with the help of facial reconstructions, computer composites and DNA analysis. None were successfuluntil January 2021, when Othram, a Texas DNA research facility, was contracted by Mississippi authorities to create a family tree based on the victim’s DNA.
          There was a hit from the DNA: a possible distant cousin of the victim who was living in Texas, 보안관 부서에 따르면.
          An investigator found the cousin and talked to her 93-year-old grandmother, who said Birdlong, born around 1933, went missing from Leflore County, 미시시피, 1970년대, 부서는 말했다.
          Another cousin in Texas who remembered the woman’s disappearance in the same time period, said Birdlong went by the nicknameNuttin,” had a gold front tooth and wore a wig.
          A woman in Leflore Countywhere family members said Birdlong went missing insaid she remembered the woman left the county in the 1970s with anAfrican American man who claimed to be passing through Mississippi on his way to Florida,” 보안관 부서는 말했다.
          Clara was never seen or heard from again,” 부서는 말했다.
          이번달 초, an investigator requested DNA samples from several people who were closely associated with Birdlong to compare DNA. With the help of the Texas lab, officials confirmed the DNA was a match to the grandmother authorities had spoken to, 보안관 부서는 말했다.
            Her cause of death remains undetermined, 보안관 부서는 말했다.
            Little is considered a prime suspect in Birdlong’s death, 부서는 말했다.

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