But she was a sex worker: Samuel Little, America’s deadliest serial killer, dies at 80. The Washington PostIn San Diego in 1984, police caught Little in the act. Searching for a suspected rapist, they found Little still zipping up his pants as he emerged from a car where a Black woman lay bloody, seemingly dead. The woman survived and testified against Little, but she was a sex worker, and Little said he had only beaten her in a dispute over a consensual transaction.Jurors declined to convict Little on the most serious charges, and he spent less than two years in prison.
Little, who confessed late in life to killing 93 people across 19 states, evaded justice for more than four decades.