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Lake County detectives need help to ID notorious killer Samuel Little's possible victim

Serial killer's confession may not be enough

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — A native of Lorain, 78-year-old Samuel Little may be the most prolific killer in U.S. history.

Convicted in 2013, he has confessed to killing more than 90 women across the country.

On Friday, prosecutors in Cuyahoga County indicted him for two more murders.

They include the 1984 death of Mary Jo Peyton, who Little met at East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue, and the 1991 death of Rose Evans, who he met at East 55th Street and Central Avenue.

He was not indicted, however, for the death of a prostitute he claimed to have killed in the late 1970’s, whose body was dumped along I-271 in Willoughby Hills.  

The woman was discovered in 1983, badly deteriorated, wearing a blue-green dress.

In December, detectives from Willoughby Hills interviewed Little at a prison in Texas.

“He told us that he killed our victim with by strangulation and he actually took his hands out and like demonstrated how he put his hands around her neck,” Det. Ron Parmertor said. “He was just laughing about it when he was doing it.”

Little did not know the woman’s name and said they only spent 30 minutes together, arguing after not agreeing on a price.

Information on the case can be found at: https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/57572

“We have a confession from someone who has confessed to multiple murders,” Det. Jamie Onion said. “If this is, indeed, the female that Mr. Little was talking about during our interview, he didn’t spend the amount time that he did or have the details that he did in some of these other homicides.”

They are homicides that began in 1970 and lasted 35 years.

Victims were often vulnerable women, addicted to drugs, and easily missed.

Samuel Little could recall some deaths so clearly, he drew portraits of his victims. Yet he was unable to draw the face of the woman in Willoughby Hills.

Detectives Parmertor and Onion can be reached by calling (440) 918-8725 or (440) 918-8727.