Arrested Developments: Serial killer’s drawings released by FBI

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
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The story of the two Newark parents arrested for keeping two of their children in a dog kennel made national news this week, but you might have missed new developments in a recent national news story about a serial killer that also has ties to Wise County.

The Messenger was the first to report last November that convicted serial killer Samuel Little had been held at the Wise County Jail for several months last year while investigators from across the country came to town to question him about dozens of cold murder cases dating back to the 1970s. The 78-year-old Little agreed to cooperate with Texas Ranger James Holland after the two visited about Little’s connection to the 1994 murder of 38-year-old Denise Christie Brothers. The murder happened in Odessa, and Little was convicted of that murder in December.

Little has confessed to close to 100 murders, and he has been positively connected to more than 45 murders between 1970 to 2005, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

POSSIBLE VICTIM – The FBI this week released 16 drawings, including this one, made by convicted serial killer Samuel Little. The drawings, Little said, are drawn from his memories of his victims. The FBI is hoping someone might recognize the women in the drawings to help.

On Tuesday, the FBI released 16 recent drawings Little had created from his jail cell based on his memories of his victims. The FBI is obviously hoping that someone might recognize the person in the drawings to help them identify some of Little’s unknown victims – women who are identified as “Jane Does” or ones they call “unmatched confessions.”

The closest “unmatched confession” to Wise County is a black female killed in 1976 or 1977, whose body was disposed of somewhere outside of Wichita Falls. We’ve published the drawing with this column. If you think you may have information about this woman in the drawing, call the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) at 1-800-634-4097.

To see more of the drawings, visit wcmess.com/little.


Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins delivered the department’s annual racial profiling report for 2018 at Monday’s city council meeting.

Of the 8,692 traffic stops, the race or ethnicity breakdown is as follows:

  • 6,200 Caucasian
  • 1,638 Hispanic
  • 663 African American
  • 175 Asian
  • 9 Middle Eastern
  • 7 Native American

Searches were conducted in 737 of those traffic stops, and contraband was discovered in 440 of the searches. The vast majority of the contraband discovered – 380 – were illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.

The report showed that 5,693 of the stops were on U.S. highways, but Hoskins pointed out that number was a bit misleading.

“That’s a little deceiving because FM 730, FM 51, the business routes are all considered highways. Trinity Street is considered a state highway because it is a state road,” he said.

Following the public presentation of the report, the information will now be sent to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and State Senator Royce West.


Crime Stopper Alert

Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators are seeking information leading to the identity and arrest of the person responsible for the theft of a Jackson Coosa Thunderstruck kayak stolen Jan. 7 from a location on Cemetery Road in the Boyd area.

Anyone with information about the theft should call Crime Stoppers of Wise County at 800-643-TIPS(8477) or 940-627-TIPS. Calls may be made 24 hours a day, and callers will remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward for the first, most accurate tip received.

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