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US News How Did a Serial Killer Escape Notice? His Victims Were Vulnerable and Overlooked

16:35  09 october  2019
16:35  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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When Martha Cunningham was found dead near Knoxville, Tenn., in January 1975, her body was bruised, her clothes had been pulled off and she was missing her purse.

Not long after, the police closed the case. A medical examiner’s report listed the cause of Ms. Cunningham’s death as unknown, according to David Davenport, a retired investigator for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office who later reopened the case.

Nearly half a century later, Ms. Cunningham’s family has learned what they and the police now believe is true: that Ms. Cunningham, 34, was one of scores of people killed by Samuel Little, a man smiling for the camera: Samuel Little has confessed to killing more than 90 women (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP) © Provided by The Press Association Samuel Little has confessed to killing more than 90 women (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP)  whom the F.B.I. identified this week as the most prolific serial killer in United States history. Jessie Lane Downs, Ms. Cunningham’s sister, said she was still pained that the case was closed so quickly, all those years ago.

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A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, in two or more separate events over a period of time, for primarily psychological reasons.

Despite media representations, serial killers are a diverse group — though they all target the vulnerable . Serial killers — the term that generally refers to someone who kills three or more people with a Even when a serial killer case becomes famous, Egger said, the victims remain overlooked .

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“The police department did not ask the family any questions or anything when this happened,” Ms. Downs said. “They could’ve settled this, and look at all the people that got killed.”

Mr. Little, who the authorities say has confessed in recent months to 93 killings between 1970 and 2005, told them about killing a woman in the Knoxville area that he remembered only as Martha, officials say. Mr. Little has not been charged in Ms. Cunningham’s death, but Mr. Davenport said the authorities believe that Mr. Little was alluding to her in his confession.

Representatives at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said no one was available to speak about Ms. Cunningham’s case. But Mr. Davenport, who retired from there in the last year, said it was clear that her death had not gotten the attention it deserved.

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a man looking at the camera: Samuel Little (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP, File) © Mark Rogers Samuel Little (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP, File)

“There was no file in existence, except for the medical examiner’s report,” he said. “That speaks for itself, that it wasn’t investigated the way it should’ve been.”

In the year since Mr. Little, 78, began confessing to killings from a prison cell in California, a portrait has begun to emerge of his victims that offers one explanation for how a serial killer could have managed to go undetected, unnoticed for so many decades.

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Many of the victims were vulnerable women. Most of them were black, and many were poor. Some were estranged from family members or living far from relatives. And some were isolated, users of drugs or alcohol, or prostitutes. And, in many cases, their deaths did not draw the same level of attention and outrage as other killings.

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This is a serial killer profile that we’ve come to know well via various movies and books: the man who slips neatly into Port was able to select his victims online without ever having to leave his flat, using the dating site Grindr Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties.

The victims must also be vulnerable to the killer in some way, a characteristic which Many experts agree that serial killers have a vision in mind of their victim . This person would be thought of This is why serial killings often seem to be completely random at first – each victim may have something in

“One of the unfortunate realities of policing is that departments that are under pressure to solve a variety of murders may pay less attention to victims from a more vulnerable population if they don’t have the same organized community pressure to solve those crimes,” said Jim Bueermann, the former police chief of Redlands, Calif., and the former president of the National Police Foundation. “If a killer wants do as many murders as possible, they’ll start to exploit those gaps in the social fabric and those weaknesses in law enforcement with victims that few people care about.”

Mr. Little drew little attention until 2014, when he was sentenced to life in prison for three murders. No one representing Mr. Little, who has been convicted of at least eight murders, could be reached for comment. Prosecutors around the country are still weighing whether to formally charge him for the many killings in at least 14 states that he has told the authorities about in recent months, though the authorities say they believe his confessions. It is uncertain how many charges he will ultimately face.

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Chemirmir's attorney, Phillip Hayes, could not be reached for comment, but he previously has said that his client maintains his innocence. But attorneys not involved with the case say the long delay between the death of the victims and the discovery of foul play could present hurdles for prosecutors.

a group of people in a room: Samuel Little, wearing blue on a screen, pleaded guilty in August to killing two women in Cincinnati in the 1980s. He appeared via Skype from a California prison to the Hamilton County Courthouse in Ohio. © Albert Cesare/The Cincinnati Enquirer, via Associated Press Samuel Little, wearing blue on a screen, pleaded guilty in August to killing two women in Cincinnati in the 1980s. He appeared via Skype from a California prison to the Hamilton County Courthouse in Ohio. But for families who believe their loved ones were among Mr. Little’s victims, the flood of confessions has brought a sense, for some, of closure, but also new pain.

“The Lord kept us through this and I had gotten myself together, until this came up,” Ms. Downs said. Ms. Cunningham’s family described her as less vulnerable than some of the other victims; she was a gospel singer who played the piano in church, they said, and someone who put religion first.

“I was so mad when I saw this man grinning,” she said of Mr. Little’s videotaped confessions. “He’s grinning and my sister is dead. It just tears me up.”

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Minnie Hill said the last time she spoke to her daughter, Rosie Hill, was during a rushed telephone call from Florida in August 1982. Ms. Hill said Rosie sounded uncharacteristically worried.

“She let me know she was up into something and the only way she could get out of it was to come home,” Ms. Hill recalled.

Rosie, who was 20 years old, never made it back home to Memphis, and her mother said she never found out what sort of trouble her daughter had been in.

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But it is what he did with his victims after death that will truly shock. But the bloody spree didn’t end there, according to the Cannibal Killer . He then persuaded another woman down under the bridge and viciously As he was hiding her corpse he noticed an old man who had been fishing watching him.

Within 72 hours, the authorities say, Rosie Hill became a victim of Mr. Little.

a man standing next to a bicycle: Samuel Little, who often went by the name Samuel McDowell, leaves the Ector County Courthouse (Mark Rogers/AP) © Mark Rogers Samuel Little, who often went by the name Samuel McDowell, leaves the Ector County Courthouse (Mark Rogers/AP) Mr. Little has not been charged in the case, but he has told detectives that he strangled Ms. Hill after he met her in a bar in Marion County, Fla. He said he dumped her body in a wooded area.

Investigators have said that he remembered her because she had fought back.

Minnie Hill said that by the time her daughter’s body was discovered, she was unrecognizable. Rosie Hill was ultimately identified through X-rays. Yet the elder Ms. Hill said that even then, she had not quite believed that her daughter was dead.

“For two years, I waited for a call from her,” she said. “Or for her to come home.”

Minnie Hill, who raised her daughter’s young child — she was 2 when Rosie Hill died — said she was not convinced that the authorities had done all they could have to solve the crime.

“When I went down there to ask around, no one knew anything,” she said.

She said she had forgiven Mr. Little, though she said she was troubled especially to learn that Mr. Little told investigators that he believed God intended him to carry out his crimes. “That is between him and the good Lord,” she said.

FILE - This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims. Little, who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country, is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.  In a news release on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, the FBI announced that federal crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible, and officials have been able to verify 50 confessions so far.  (Courtesy of FBI via AP, File) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims. Little, who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country, is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. In a news release on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, the FBI announced that federal crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible, and officials have been able to verify 50 confessions so far. (Courtesy of FBI via AP, File) Experts said Mr. Little’s case was eerily similar to that of Lonnie D. Franklin Jr., the so-called Grim Sleeper, who was convicted of murdering nine women and one teenage girl in South Los Angeles beginning in the 1980s before he was convicted and sentenced to death in 2016.

The effort to capture Mr. Franklin was muddled by the high number of murders in Los Angeles in the 1980s, which included homicides attributed to other serial killers.

But, like Mr. Little, Mr. Franklin had targeted young black women, including drug users and prostitutes. Relatives complained that the police and the media paid less attention to Mr. Franklin’s victims. They said that slowed efforts to bring Mr. Franklin to justice.

Sheelagh McNeill contributed research.



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