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America’s most prolific serial killer admits to two Allen County cold case murders

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Allen County detectives say America's most prolific serial killer is responsible for two area cold cases from 1980.

Samuel Little, 79, has confessed to more than 90 murders during his crime spree before he was arrested and convicted in 2012 of the murders of three women in California between 1987 and 1989. He was also convicted in 2018 of the murder one Texas woman that dates back to 1994. 

On Friday, Allen County detectives confirmed Little is now responsible for two cold cases from late October 1980.

Serial killer Sam Little, 79, confessed to strangling two Fort Wayne women on the same night in 1980.

Little admitted to strangling two women in separate incidents on the same night.

He told officers he picked up both women near the area of Maumee Avenue and Division Street in Fort Wayne on October 28, 1980.

The intersection of Maumee Ave. and Division St. where serial killer Sam Little says he picked up two Fort Wayne women at different times on the same night, then killed them.

He said he strangled the women in his car, and then disposed of their bodies in rural Allen County.

Valeria Boyd, 18, and Mary Ann Porter, 31, of Fort Wayne, were reported missing by family members to Fort Wayne Police in late October 1980.

On November 4th, 1980, a worker called Allen County Police advising he came upon a female body in a field in the 14000 block of Conners Road in southern Allen County. That person was later identified as Boyd. The investigation by police was unable to identify any viable suspects regarding Boyd’s death and the homicide investigation eventually turned into a cold case.

18-year-old Valeria Boyd's body was found in a field off Conners Road in southern Allen County several days after Sam Little says he killed her.

On December 13th, 1980 another female body was reported to be found off of the roadway in the 4600 block of West Wallen Road in northern Allen County. That person was later identified as Mary Ann Porter and subsequent investigation was also unable to identify any viable suspects for her death. Porter’s homicide investigation also eventually became a cold case.

The area off W. Wallen Road where someone found the body of 31-year-old Mary Ann Porter in December of 1980.

On September 25th, 2018, Texas Ranger James Holland interviewed Samuel Little.

Little provided details of several murders, which led to the Allen County olice being notified by the FBI about the murders of Boyd and Porter.

Allen County detectives then interviewed Little in Texas where he provided detailed information regarding the murders of both Boyd and Porter.

Both investigations have now been forwarded to the Allen County Prosecutor's office for follow up.

Samuel Little is now confined in California after being sentenced to several life sentences for his confessed murders throughout the United States.

Investigations are still being conducted by several other police agencies throughout the United States regarding Little’s confessions.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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