NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man who the FBI says may be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history could be responsible for even more murders in Southeast Louisiana.
Police say convicted killer Samuel Little confessed to 90 murders across the country including two in Houma. Now, investigators there are re-examining their cold cases to see if there’s any additional links to Little.
More than 20 years have gone by since Bobby Simmons and Rosemary Wilson’s sister was found dead in a remote area of Houma, but both have said they pain never goes away.
“Not a moment go by because to me the question I have is I don’t know what her last thoughts were. Was she crying for us to help her,” Simmons. said.
His sister, Daisy Mcguire’s body was found on Feb. 6, 1996.
“She was a beautiful girl,” Wilson said.
Daisy was only 40 years old when she was killed. Ruth Porche, Daisy’s other sister, described her death as horrific.
“What animal would so something like that, it had to be an animal to do something like that,” Porche said. “When we had the funeral, my second older sister she said leave the coffin open because we hope that whoever did this see her and come forward but, they didn’t come forward.”
They never stopped thinking about Daisy or what happened to her, her other brother, Charles Simmons, said.
“In all that time, head was going in circles, I didn’t know where to look or nothing, I was defenseless,” he said.
Then, last year, convicted serial killer, Samuel Little confessed to Daisy’s murder, nearly 23 years later. Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman said her killing was not random.
“Daisy Mcguire, he developed a relationship with her. He actually made some statements that he liked Daisy, that he liked her,” Coleman said. “I think at some point he met her, he was driving off to another state, she was so heavily on his mind, he made a u-turn, spent some more time with her, one thing led to another, he snapped.”
Bobby Simmons said they believe a family friend introduced her to Little.
“We seen this guy before, he came by the house," Simmons said. “We didn’t know his name like we know his name now, because when I see the picture, especially the younger picture, I can remember him coming through the yard with Daisy. And I’m like, we wouldn’t know what was going on at the time.”
Coleman said through their investigation, they’ve learned that Little traveled the U.S. along the I-10 corridor often, coming back and forth to Louisiana. They believe he made ends meet by being a petty thief. And, they know he spent time in the Houma area long before Daisy’s murder. Police said Little also confessed to killing 55-year-old Dorothy Richards, whose body was found off of LA-24 near Woodlawn Ranch Road in 1982.
“I believe he met her at a bar, developed a relationship with her," Coleman said. “She trusted Samuel, and that trust was broken at some point in the relationship where he got angry and it led to her demise.”
Houma police and State Troopers traveled to Texas where Little is now in jail to interview him. There, they learned chilling details about the two Terrebonne Parish murders.
“The information he was releasing was something only the killer would know,” Coleman said.
The chief said his department started combing through old reports and discovered Samuel Little’s name came up in 1996 during the initial investigation into Daisy’s death.
“Once we started researching the reports you know, reading the reports, here it is 20 something years later. Then, I’m like my God. Our detectives identified Samuel Little in the case, but it’s like he just disappeared,” Coleman said.
“Maybe a lot of these other women wouldn’t have got killed if they would have found out in 1996," Bobby Simmons said.
This heartbreaking fact is not missed on Coleman.
“He went on to kill an abundance of victims, that is scary," Coleman said. "We have looked into some other cases around that time in 1996, also the latter part of the 70′s. There was another case that we brought when my detectives tried to interview him in October. He didn’t admit to it, but the similarities of the one in the late 70′s, as well as the one in the mid-to late 90′s was similar. He didn’t admit to it, but he made a chilling statement, and the statement he made was ‘I don’t know how I missed her.’” said Coleman.
Daisy’s family said she always carried a bible under her arm -- a telling detail Little knew.
“That’s one thing in Samuel’s confession to the Texas Ranger that I knew he was talking about Daisy," Coleman said. “He didn’t specifically say her name, but he said she was short, light-skinned, nice looking lady, but she always carried a bible and I was like, ‘That’s Daisy.’”
Now, Coleman said their investigation into Little is far from over, because they’re working to see if he’s tied to any other unsolved murders in the area.
“You definitely can’t rule him out,” Coleman said. “He’s volunteering this information, and based on our two, he was extremely detailed in the information he released. And from what I am hearing from other agencies, is that he’s extremely detailed in theirs as well. And these details that he’s releasing, is like I said, stuff that only the killer would know.”
The FBI said 78-year-old Little is in poor health and will likely stay in a Texas prison until he dies. Texas Rangers say he confessed to 90 murders, and now the FBI says investigators are working with state and local agencies to match his confessions to evidence of women who were found dead across the country from 1970 to 2005.
When asked if we will ever know the extent of Little’s crimes, Coleman wavered.
“Oh that’s hard," He said. "We may not ever know the extent. I know, at some point, I understood it was 90 something victims, I believe it’s more. I do believe it’s more.”