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Samuel Little: FBI releases chilling confessions, sketches of 5 unknown victims of serial killer
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Samuel Little: FBI releases chilling confessions, sketches of 5 unknown victims of serial killer

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Samuel Little: FBI releases chilling confessions, sketches of 5 unknown victims of serial killer

FBI agents are calling Samuel Little the most prolific serial killer in American history, but many of Little’s victims remain unidentified, their faces known only through crude colored sketches drawn for authorities by their killer.

Little, 79, has confessed to murdering 93 women between 1970 and 2005. Little, a high school dropout who has lived a mostly nomadic life, is currently serving life sentences in the California State Prison for three of those killings.

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Samuel Little appears in court in Los Angeles in a March 2013 photo. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of the killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Samuel Little appears in court in Los Angeles in a March 2013 photo. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of the killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

He is diabetic, has heart disease and relies on a wheelchair to get around, The New York Times reported. Besides the three murders he is serving time for in California, Little also pleaded guilty last year to one murder in Texas and, in August, pleaded guilty to four more in Ohio. 

The FBI on Sunday announced that agents have thus far been able to link Little to 50 of the slayings he has confessed to and said the bureau’s crime analysts believe all 93 of his confessions are credible. The findings mean that Little is believed to be responsible for more killings than Gary Ridgeway, who, labeled the “Green River Killer,” was convicted in 2003 of 49 murders in Washington State in the 1980s and 1990s.

Authorities in Knox County, Tennessee, said Monday that a woman named Martha Cunningham, who was found dead in a wooded area in 1975, is likely a victim of Little, The Associated Press reported. Investigators in countless other jurisdictions are also combing their files to determine if any of their cold cases fit Little’s confessions. 

Federal investigators are meanwhile seeking the public’s help in identifying five women Little said he killed, but who have remained unaccounted for.

One of those cases is more than 45 years old.

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Pictured are some of the sketches made by Samuel Little of women he confessed to killing over a span of nearly 40 years. Little, 79, has been named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women.
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Pictured are some of the sketches made by Samuel Little of women he confessed to killing over a span of nearly 40 years. Little, 79, has been named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women.

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Federal authorities said Little targeted women who lived on the outskirts of society, some of them prostitutes and drug users.

“Little’s method of killing also didn’t always leave obvious signs that the death was a homicide,” an FBI statement said. “The one-time competitive boxer usually stunned or knocked out his victims with powerful punches and then strangled them.”

Investigators said the beatings prior to the women’s deaths were so brutal that one victim’s autopsy showed she was struck in the abdomen with such force that it broke her spine, according to The New York Times.

The bodies were often found long after the signs of strangulation would have been gone, sometimes when the remains were nothing but bones.

“With no stab marks or bullet wounds, many of these deaths were not classified as homicides, but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents or natural causes,” authorities said.

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LAPD Detective Rick Jackson examines a map in March 2013 that is dotted with locations where Samuel Little had interactions with law enforcement over the years. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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LAPD Detective Rick Jackson examines a map in March 2013 that is dotted with locations where Samuel Little had interactions with law enforcement over the years. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

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As part of their efforts, FBI officials have taken the unusual step of posting online Little’s confessions in those homicides, along with the sketches Little drew of the women based on his own recollections.

The information comes with a couple of caveats: Little’s details may be off a little -- and the killer’s confessions are chilling.

“Samuel Little’s recollection of dates is not always accurate,” FBI agents said in a statement. “He also sometimes struggles to remember the exact clothing worn by a victim. Any potential links should not be dismissed based on these two factors alone.

“The videos of Little contain references to violent acts. Viewer discretion is encouraged.”

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1972 in Miami. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1972 in Miami. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told authorities he first met Marianne, an 18- or 19-year-old transgender woman, at a bar known as the Pool or the Pool Palace in Miami around 1972. They encountered one another a few days later at another bar in Overtown, where Little said he offered to give Marianne a ride home.

Marianne, who Little said had a boyfriend named Wes, lived with roommates somewhere between Brownsville and Liberty City, according to his confession.

“When they arrived there, one of Marianne’s roommates asked them to buy a can of shaving cream, so they returned to Little’s car, a gold four-door Pontiac LeMans,” the FBI page on the case states.

In his confession, Little told agents he was driving his “stepdaddy’s” car at that time.

“Little drove Marianne north on Highway 27 and killed her on a driveway, possibly near a sugarcane field,” FBI officials said.

In his confession, Little stated that he was headed toward Fort Lauderdale when he noticed a road off of the main road, about a mile or two out of Miami.

“So, I got her out of the car,” Little told Texas Ranger James Holland, who is credited with eliciting the majority of Little’s confessions. “Pulled her out and drug her into the growth back there. And pulled her deeper into ... there’s a path, a little path that went in somewhere. I don’t know where it led to, but it running deeper into the undergrowth.

“It’s like Everglades like that, and we ran into some water running. And but before we got to the water, the earth was mushy. I turn her loose and she fell into it face down.”

Little told agents he doesn’t believe Marianne, who he dumped about 200 yards into the “thick, muddy water,” was ever found, agents said.

The killer described Marianne as good-looking, about 140 pounds and about 5 feet, 6 inches or 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1982 in New Orleans. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1982 in New Orleans. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told investigators he met a black woman with “honey-colored” skin in New Orleans in 1982, possibly in the fall of that year. By that time, he was traveling in a Lincoln Continental Mark III.

He met the woman, who he said was wearing a pretty dress with buttons on the front, at a club where she was attending a birthday party with friends and one of her two sisters.

“Her youngest sister was having a birthday party,” Little said, according to transcripts. “Her sister was dancing with this guy on the floor. And when I come in, the girl that I was with offered to dance with me.

“While we’re dancing, she says, ‘You want to go riding after this, you know, after this party’s over?’ We walked outside, and she looked and seen my car, that Lincoln. She said, ‘Woo, that’s a beautiful car, too.’ So she had me, arm in arm, walking to the car. We got in. We stopped at a gas station.”

Little said he and the woman, who told him she lived with her invalid mother, were driving along Interstate 10 toward Slidell when he saw a sign for the Little Woods exit.

“So I cut off, I took off the exit,” Little said. “And we went and that, sure enough, was a road leading me into the woods. And we went in and park. So we finally got to where we were going, and it was by a bayou, a river, a little water thing. The big, they had a machine out there in that little river.”

“Dredging?” Holland asked.

“Dredging. I grabbed her by the legs and pulled her to the water,” Little said. “That’s the only one that I ever killed by drowning.

“I left her with her head still there in the water. Half her body underwater, and the thighs and legs on the bank.”

After killing the woman, Little drove back to the motel where he was staying in Pascagoula, Mississippi, according to FBI agents.

Little described this victim as between 30 and 40 years old, weighing about 150 pounds and about 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

“She had a beautiful body on her, a beautiful 150 (pounds),” Little said in his confession. “Well put together.”

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1984 in Kentucky. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1984 in Kentucky. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told investigators he was driving his Lincoln from his hometown of Lorain, Ohio, to Cincinnati in the summer of 1984 when he met a white 25-year-old woman outside a strip club in Columbus, Kentucky. The woman asked him for a ride to Miami, where she said her mother lived.

He described her as having the aura of a hippie.

“You mentioned before that, that uh, you said she kind of had like this hippie aura to her?” Holland asked, according to transcripts.

“Yeah, she did give you a hippie feeling. I think she was some kind of hippie, yeah,” Little said.

The woman, who had short, “dishwater blonde” hair, got into Little’s car, and they drove south on Interstate 75, FBI agents said. They reached Cincinnati and spent some time on Vine Street before crossing the state line into Kentucky, where they went to Covington.

“We got to Covington, and then we continued through Covington. And there was a park that they were having a festival in,” Little said. “And she heard the music and (expletive) off the band in there. And by her being a hippie type, she ‘whoa,’ she want to get to that. But the police came over and peeked in the car. He really wanted me to move out of there.”

Little said they drove to an area not far from I-75, where he found a short road going up a hill.

“And up top, there was, uh, vegetation. There wasn’t no houses or nothing,” Little said. “So I pulled up in there and concealed the car in that little vegetation up there on top of the hill.”

Little strangled the woman in the back seat of his car, FBI officials said. He left her body on the hill, partially concealed by the vegetation.

Little remembers the woman as being somewhere between 130 and 170 pounds and about 5 feet, 6 inches or 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he claims he killed in 1993 in Las Vegas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he claims he killed in 1993 in Las Vegas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told Holland he was driving a yellow 1978 Cadillac Eldorado to Los Angeles in 1993 when he passed through Las Vegas, where he met a thin, dark-skinned black woman about 40 years old. He said he believed she had naturally short hair but was wearing a long wig.

“She’s out there hustling. I think she was a drug addict because she wouldn’t been out there,” Little said in his confession.

He said he met the woman’s son that day, on Owens Avenue in Vegas. He described it as the “black section” of the city.

“The boy came, that was her son, and she called him over there,” Little said. “And he came over and (said), ‘Hey, how you doing?’ Shook my hand and everything.”

According to FBI officials, Little confessed to taking the woman to a motel room, where he strangled her to death. He placed her body in the trunk of his Eldorado and drove to the outskirts of Vegas.

“I was headed toward California. So as I drove out of Las Vegas, I seen a motel and a road leading up to the motel,” Little said. “And a lot of bushes and brushes beside the road, before you got to that motel. That’s where I dropped her.

“Pulled her body out and rolled it down there. And I heard a secondary road noise that meant she was still rolling.”

“So, you basically roll her into a pretty big ditch that’s got a bunch of …,” Holland said.

“Well, it wasn’t a ditch. It was a slope,” Little said.

Little said the slope didn’t necessarily look like one because of the vegetation growing out of it.

“It looked like, even though, you would think that the road would just be flat, but actually the road was going down the slope way. And that’s why she rolled,” he said.

Little described the woman as about 110 to 120 pounds and about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, authorities said.

“He … threw her clothes out further down the road. It is highly likely that her body was never found,” FBI officials said.

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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1994 in Arkansas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.
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Pictured is a sketch Samuel Little drew of a woman he says he killed in 1994 in Arkansas. Little, 79, has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, responsible for at least 50 killings of women over nearly 40 years.

Little told Holland he met a black transient woman in Little Rock sometime between 1992 and 1994. She was about 24 years old and it may have been snowing when they met.

“Oh, man, I loved her,” Little said in his confession. “I forget her name … oh wait, I think it was Ruth. She was a heavy set, big old yellow gal. And had buck teeth. Had a gap between her teeth. That’s what it was. And she, she was light ... honey-colored skin.”

Little said he and Ruth met at a crack house, where she and about six other girls were sitting on the porch, and stayed together for about three days before he killed her.

They shoplifted together at Sears and a Kroger in North Little Rock, where Little recalled being arrested for the crime.

“Records indicate that Little was in fact arrested by North Little Rock Police Department for shoplifting from a Kroger on April 20, 1994,” according to FBI agents.

Little said he was released from jail after the Kroger manager dropped the charges so Little could move his vehicle, then either a 1978 yellow Cadillac El Dorado or a yellow Dodge, off the grocery store’s property. Ruth was apparently sleeping in the car while Little was in custody.

“I guess he got tired of her laying around on his property in that car,” Little told Holland.

According to authorities, Little said he drove the woman to meet up with her ex-boyfriend, a man called “Bear” who Little believes has since died, and then drove her to North Little Rock, where her mother lived.

The next day, Little picked Ruth up and drove toward either Benton or Bentonville.

“What’s that place where Walmart’s, uh, original store?” Little asked Holland.

Outside of Little Rock, Little said he drove down a dirt road and manually strangled Ruth to death, authorities said.

“I whipped off the road and backed into that little woods. It was a corn field back there,” Little said, according to transcripts. “I pulled through it. And on the other side was a corn field with a trash pile.

“Well, I parked the car face it out where I could see anybody coming in. So I pulled her out of the car. She’s too big for me to carry, carry her. So I just pulled her out of the car, laid her on that trash ... that was left there.”

Little said he left Ruth’s body on a pile of branches and old cornstalks. He described her as weighing about 200 pounds and standing between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

Who is Samuel Little?

Little, who was reportedly born to a prostitute mother in 1940, has a criminal history dating back to 1956, including murder accusations of which he was cleared in Florida and Mississippi. The AP reported that his first arrest was for a burglary at the age of 16.

He served time in a youth facility for that crime, the AP said.

Between 1957 and 1975, Little, who sometimes used the alias Samuel McDowell, was arrested 26 times in 11 states. The New York Times reported that, all together, Little had been arrested nearly 100 times in his lifetime.

Before his murder convictions, he had served less than 10 years in prison for those crimes.

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A timeline of booking photos of Samuel Little is shown. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of those killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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A timeline of booking photos of Samuel Little is shown. Little, 79, has confessed to 93 murders and FBI agents, who have confirmed 50 of those killings, have named him the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

The charges he was booked on included shoplifting, theft, assault, rape, aggravated assault on a police officer, DUI, fraud, breaking and entering and solicitation of a prostitute, the AP said. He was convicted in 1976 of assaulting a Missouri woman, with the intent to rape her, and spent three months in a county jail.

Little was charged in 1982 with murdering Patricia Ann Mount, who was found dead in Forest Glove, Florida, and Melinda LaPree, whose skeletal remains were found in a Gautier, Mississippi, cemetery, the AP reported.

Despite witnesses identifying Little as the man last seen with LaPree in Pascagoula a month before her remains were found, a grand jury failed to indict him in the case.

He was also cleared of attacking two prostitutes who had come forward and claimed Little assaulted them in 1980 and 1981.

He was extradited to Florida, where he was acquitted in 1984 of Mount’s slaying.

Authorities’ timeline of Little’s movements shows he was accused of assaulting a woman in San Diego in October 1984, nine months after his Florida acquittal. Tried for attempted murder, the jury deadlocked and Little later pleaded guilty to assault and false imprisonment, the AP reported.

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Brenda Gordon looks at photos of her mother, Carol Alford, at her apartment in Los Angeles in March 2013. Alford was a victim of Samuel Little, who has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Brenda Gordon looks at photos of her mother, Carol Alford, at her apartment in Los Angeles in March 2013. Alford was a victim of Samuel Little, who has been named by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Paroled in February 1987, he moved to Los Angeles, where Carol Alford was found dead in an alley on July 13, authorities said.

Audrey Nelson was found strangled in a downtown dumpster on Aug. 14, 1989, the timeline shows. Guadalupe Apodaca was found dead on Sept. 3 of that same year, dumped in an abandoned commercial garage.

Little continued to rack up arrests on minor charges, like burglary, theft, shoplifting and drunken driving until 2012. That was when cold case detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department linked him through DNA evidence to the unsolved homicides of Apodaca and Nelson.

According to a 2013 LAPD news release, Little was tracked down at a Kentucky homeless shelter and arrested on a California drug warrant from 2009. He was extradited to Los Angeles County, where he sat in jail while cold case detectives Mitzi Roberts, Rick Jackson and Tim Marcia built murder cases against him.

In November 2012, Little was connected through DNA analysis to the killing of Carol Alford, the release said.

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Family members of murder victims Audrey Nelson, pictured in the framed photos, and Guadalupe Apodaca attend a 2014 news conference in Los Angeles. Nelson and Apodaca were victims of serial killer Samuel Little, the most prolific in U.S. history.
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Family members of murder victims Audrey Nelson, pictured in the framed photos, and Guadalupe Apodaca attend a 2014 news conference in Los Angeles. Nelson and Apodaca were victims of serial killer Samuel Little, the most prolific in U.S. history.

The Los Angeles Times reported in December that the DNA evidence came from semen on the shirts of two of the victims and skin under the fingernails of the third.

Investigators told The New York Times that Little showed no remorse for the murders. A Louisiana detective told the newspaper Little told her he had no need to fear God.

“He said God made him this way, so why should he ask for forgiveness?” Sgt. Crystal LeBlanc, of the Opelousas Police Department, said. “He said God knew everything he did.”

Little also seemed to get excited talking about his crimes, sometimes chuckling as he recounted how he took his victims’ lives.

“Believe it or not, you only see evil a few times in your career,” Marcia told The New York Times. “Looking into his eyes, I would say that was pure evil.”

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Tony Zambrano, son of murder victim Guadalupe Apodaca, is pictured in a March 2013 photo. Apodaca was one of at least 50 women authorities say were killed by Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Tony Zambrano, son of murder victim Guadalupe Apodaca, is pictured in a March 2013 photo. Apodaca was one of at least 50 women authorities say were killed by Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Little was convicted of the three Los Angeles killings in 2014 and sentenced to consecutive life sentences, without the possibility of parole. In court, he loudly protested his innocence, according to the AP.

FBI officials said that in the middle of the California serial killer case against Little, LAPD investigators notified the bureau’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, or ViCAP, of what they were working on.

ViCAP agents began a comprehensive background investigation of Little, who was born in Georgia but raised by his grandmother in Lorain, Ohio.

What the agents found was shocking. Again and again, throughout multiple states, ViCAP analysts found Little’s travels over the decades intersecting with “long-cold investigations into bodies and bones,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The FBI found an alarming pattern and compelling links to many more murders,” the FBI said in a statement last year.

One case in particular led ViCAP analysts to Texas.

“We found a case out of Odessa, Texas, that sounded very much like him, and we could place him passing through the area around the same time,” ViCAP crime analyst Christie Palazzolo said in November. “We sent that lead out to the Texas Rangers, who were eager to follow up on the long-cold case.”

The Odessa case was the 1994 strangulation death of Denise Brothers, whose body was found partially clothed in some bushes in a vacant lot. The Los Angeles Times reported that records showed Little had interactions with the Odessa Police Department around that time, meaning he was in town when Brothers was slain.

“This just felt like him,” Palazzolo told the newspaper.

Little pleaded guilty in December to killing Brothers.

ViCAP sent out a national alert in June 2013 asking cold case detectives across the country to check their files for cases similar to those in which Little was accused.

In Texas, the Little case landed on the radar of Holland, who the Los Angeles Times reported specializes in the study of sociopaths and psychopaths -- and how to properly interview them.

At a December 2017 law enforcement conference in Tampa, Florida, where Holland gave a presentation, detectives from Florida asked Holland and Angela Williamson, a ViCAP liaison and Department of Justice senior policy adviser, if they knew anything about Little. Little, who was in prison for the Alford, Apodaca and Nelson murders in Los Angeles, was suspected in killings in Florida as well, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Holland and Williamson promised to look into the case.

Williamson told the newspaper that Holland called her the following March at ViCAP, saying they had to do something “about this Little guy.”

Williamson said she turned in her seat to Palazzolo, who told her to tell Holland about the Odessa case.

A few weeks later, on May 17, 2018, Holland, Palazzolo and Williamson traveled to California to interview Little. According to the Los Angeles Times, they brought with them the Odessa case file, newspaper clippings and the details Palazzolo had tracked down about Little’s life.

“I was pretty pessimistic,” Palazzolo told the newspaper. “I thought he would just tell us to leave. Remember, he hadn’t spoken to anyone about any of this. Why would he?”

Little was initially tight-lipped, but within an hour of conversation with Holland, he began to talk in exchange for a transfer from the Los Angeles County Jail to the jail in Ector County, which was quieter, according to The New York Times.

It took 650 hours over 16 months, but Little told Holland details of the 93 women he claims to have killed over a span of nearly 40 years. The tally included the murders of Mount in Florida and LaPree in Mississippi, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In Los Angeles alone, Little said he killed 18 women.

“Over the course of that interview in May, he went through city and state and gave Ranger Holland the number of people he killed in each place,” Palazzolo said last fall. “Jackson, Mississippi -- one; Cincinnati, Ohio -- one; Phoenix, Arizona -- three; Las Vegas, Nevada -- one.”

Over his multiple interviews with Holland, Little ultimately confessed to killings in 19 states. Most were women and almost all were strangled, according to the FBI.

‘Why do you keep touching my neck? Are you a serial killer?’

FBI records show that authorities are still working to match confessions to more than 40 women Little has claimed as victims, many of whom he drew sketches, in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.

At least eight of the victims listed on the FBI’s webpage about Little have been matched to Jane Does in multiple states, closing cold cases across the country.

In November 2018, authorities in Opelousas, Louisiana, announced that Little had confessed to the January 1996 murder of Melissa Thomas, 24, who was found strangled underneath a pecan tree in the cemetery of a Baptist church.

According to The New York Times, police there sent LeBlanc to Texas, where Little was jailed awaiting trial in Brothers’ death, to interview him about Thomas’ killing. Over the span of two hours, LeBlanc learned that Little knew Opelousas well, including the town’s streets, bars and the location of the church cemetery.

Little told the detective he and Thomas met on the street and went to the cemetery to do drugs together, the newspaper reported. He said they then moved into the back seat of his car for sex, at which time he began stroking Thomas’ neck.

“He said that she said, ‘Why do you keep touching my neck? Are you a serial killer?’” LeBlanc told The New York Times.

Little became enraged and strangled Thomas to death, LeBlanc said.

Opelousas police Chief Donald Thomas, who was until recently the lead investigator on the Thomas case, told The Opelousas Daily World that the case always stuck with him.

“The ending is sort of bittersweet for me, the family and this city,” Thompson told the Daily World. “It was also personal for me. I know (Thomas’) family well. A tragedy like this never goes away for the family and for all of us on the force who worked with such a passion to solve the case.”

Police that same month announced that Little had confessed to another two Louisiana killings, one in 1982 and another in 1996. Little was living in Terrebonne Parish, about 150 miles from Opelousas, at the time.

Houma police officials said that Little confessed to their detectives and Louisiana State Police investigators that he killed Dorothy Richard, 55, of Gray, on Sept. 14, 1982. Daisy McGuire, 40, of Houma, was found dead Feb. 6, 1996.

Monique Stepter, Richard’s granddaughter, told Houma Today that the confession opened a bevy of wounds for the family that had never healed.

“It’s very hard right now for the entire family,” said Stepter, who was 5 years old when her grandmother was killed. “I have kids that never met her. There are a lot of great-grandchildren who are left without their grandmother because of him.”

Little also in November confessed to the Aug. 26, 1979, slaying of Brenda Alexander, 23, in Phenix City, Alabama. According to the Ledger-Enquirer in nearby Columbus, Georgia, Little told detectives he met Alexander at a dance club in Columbus. They left the club together.

Phenix City police Capt. Jason Whitten told the newspaper a detail of Little’s demeanor as he described getting Alexander into his car.

“He wringed his hands together, smiled and said, ‘I knew she was mine,” Whitten said.

Alexander’s body, naked except for a Timex watch, was found discarded in a wooded area, the newspaper said.

Other slayings Little has confessed to include the 1978 killing of Julia Critchfield, 36, who was strangled and thrown off a cliff in the Gulfport, Mississippi, area; the killing of Evelyn Weston, 19, near Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in 1978; and the slaying of Rosie Hill, 20, in 1982 in Marion County, Florida.

The names and faces go on and on.

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott’s handwritten notes from the 1978 killing of Evelyn Weston are pictured in Columbia, S.C. Weston is an alleged victim of Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.
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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott’s handwritten notes from the 1978 killing of Evelyn Weston are pictured in Columbia, S.C. Weston is an alleged victim of Samuel Little, who the FBI has named the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Investigators told the Los Angeles Times that Little’s memory is nearly photographic when it comes to the victims and details of their deaths, including one woman’s last meal.

Cold case detectives were able to verify Little’s confession in that case by reviewing her autopsy report, which listed her stomach contents, the newspaper said.

“It’s scary the clarity he has about certain things after all this time,” Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Mongeluzzo, who questioned Little about Hill’s death, told The New York Times. “He remembers names and faces.”

His recall of dates has been less accurate.

“When you spent your life living in your car, things tend to blur,” Williamson told the Los Angeles Times. “You can imagine calling a police department and saying you have a potential homicide that occurred off a dirt road in 1984, or it could be 1974, or 1994. Did they even find the body? If they did, was it just bones?”

The FBI now needs the public’s help to identify the remaining unidentified women Little claims that he killed.

“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” Palazzolo said in a statement last week. “Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim (and) to close every case possible.”

Anyone with information linked to Little’s confessions is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or to submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

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  • ATHENS Georgia coach Kirby Smart wasn't making excuses following his team's shocking 20-17 double-overtime loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Smart was just stating facts, and the truth hurt the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs. The program's 16-game home win streak was snapped by the three-touchdown underdog Gamecocks, along with 15 consecutive wins against SEC East opposition. UGA out-gained South Carolina 468 yards to 297 yards, but they lost everywhere else, most importantly on the scoreboard. 'When a team scores on defense, it's like a 90 percent chance they're going to win, and we still almost overcame that,' Smart said after suffering his first home lost since his first season as UGA's head coach in 2016, referring to a Pick 6 thrown by Jake Fromm in the first half. 'But you can't turn the ball over four times and win.' Fromm threw three interceptions, the final one coming off the hands of receiver Tyler Simmons in overtime, and he also fumbled a snap. This, after Fromm had thrown 128 passes through five games this season without a turnover. 'I (also) felt like (South Carolina) won the line of scrimmage,' Smart said. 'They played really physical, they rotated guys up front and did a better job against our run game than most people have as anybody who has done in the past.' Even reliable kicker Rodrigo Blankenship had a rough day. After entering the contest 11-for-11 on field goal attempts, Blankenship had a 53-yarder blocked and missed a 42-yarder in the second overtime that would have extended the game. South Carolina, meanwhile was turnover free and won with a quarterback who started the season third on the depth chart after freshman QB Ryan Hilinski was knocked out of the game in the third quarter. 'Our kids will continue to fight, we've got to look ourselves in the mirror as coaches, as staff and do a better job,' Smart said. 'We've got to help our kids out. I just told everyone in the locker room, you can't hang your head. They've got to go get better. We've got to help them get better. 'When you play in the SEC, guys, every week, you've got to be at your best because every team is 100 percent capable of out-physicalling you and outplaying you. Today ,they played better than we did.' The post Georgia's Kirby Smart speaks bitter truth after 20-17 OT loss to South Carolina appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The UGA Police Department is seeking help from the public and identifying suspects in an armed robbery that occurred on campus late last night.  From the UGA Police Department:  October 11, 2019 UGA Police Department Timely Warning UPDATE ARMED ROBBERY The University of Georgia Police Department is seeking the assistance of the community in identifying the suspects in an armed robbery that took place shortly before midnight on Oct. 10, 2019, in the lower Russell Hall parking lot, off of Cloverhurst Avenue. The below images were caught on nearby security cameras. An updated description of the suspects has been developed based on the victim’s statements and video taken from the area. Both suspects were described as black males in the their early to mid-twenties, approximately six feet tall with slender builds. One of the males was described as having a dark complexion, short hair, short facial hair, wearing a dark blue or black long-sleeved t-shirt with a white design on the front, dark jeans with tears on the front and white shoes. The second male was described as having a medium complexion, clean shaven, wearing a dark grey hoodie style zip up jacket, dark pants with a white stripe down the sides, grey beanie hat and white shoes.The University of Georgia Police Department is continuing to actively investigate this crime. If you have any knowledge of the incident or observed individuals near the area matching the description given by the victim above, please contact the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200 as soon as possible.
  • Athens-Clarke County Police investigate a reported armed robbery: a 21 year-old man tells police he was held up at gunpoint on Pope Street near the corner of Waddell Street. There were no injuries reported.  We have this morning the name of the Tennessee man who led Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase earlier this week: 34 year-old Julius O’Brian is from Johnson City. The police pursuit that reached speeds of 130 miles per hour began on I-85 near Carnesville and ended with O’Brian’s arrest in Anderson County South Carolina. A high-speed police pursuit in Habersham County ends with the arrest of a 15 year-old: Police in Cornelia say the chase reached speeds of 80 miles per hour before the car overturned. The teenager was not seriously injured.   Winston Turner gets a three-year prison sentence: the Jackson County man pretended to be a securities broker, stealing almost $900,000. The 50 year-old Jefferson man was sentenced in federal court in Gainesville. Inspectors have now condemned the Banks Crossing motel that was burned in a fire last weekend: Banks County firefighters say the blaze that gutted the Scottish Inn on Highway 441 in Commerce was apparently sparked by a cigarette outside the motel.   A 29 year-old man from Baldwin faces child sex charges in Hall County: Dustin Dodd was booked into the Hall County jail, where he is being held without bond.
  •   For the second year in a row, the University of Georgia School of Law has been named the best value in legal education in the country by National Jurist. These rankings are based on outcome-driven metrics such as bar passage and employment rates in addition to average indebtedness, tuition and cost of living. This recognition speaks volumes to the School of Law’s relentless pursuit to be the nation’s very best return on investment in legal education, according to School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge. “Over the past five years, buoyed by private donations and holding the line on tuition, the aggregate annual indebtedness of our students has been reduced by more than $5 million, and for the 2018-19 academic year almost 40% of our J.D. student body did not borrow funds to support their legal education,” he said. “The first-rate training our students receive helps them secure jobs, posting one of the nation’s top employment rates and best in the state earlier this year,” Rutledge said. “For the second straight year, roughly 95% of our students passed the bar within 12 months of graduation. This sort of success, coupled with a laser-like focus on student debt, allows our grads to make professional career choices based on their passions, not their finances.” Over the last several years, the School of Law has implemented a three-part strategy to achieve its best return-on-investment vision: holding the line on tuition increases, critically examining expenditures and increasing student scholarship support. More than 70% of the Juris Doctor Class of 2022 is receiving some kind of scholarship aid, with 100% of first-generation college graduates in the first-year class and all enrolled military veterans receiving financial assistance. “The School of Law provides students a strong foundation so they can become future leaders serving state, nation and society,” Rutledge said. “We remain committed to advancing our vision to be the nation’s best return on investment in legal education. I’d like to thank President Jere Morehead, Provost Jack Hu as well as our alumni and alumnae, donors, faculty, staff and students who all support this vision.”
  • Georgia Democratic Party Chair Nikema Williams and former Columbus Mayor and US Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson are the featured speakers at tomorrow night’s meeting of Jackson County Democrats: their annual dinner is set for 6 o’clock at the Jefferson Civic Center. From the Jackson Co Dem Party website…   Featuring speakers including US Senate Candidate Teresa Tomlinson, DPG Chairwoman Sen Nikema Williams and others.  A donation of $30 gets you a night of great speakers, an amazing dinner featuring an international cuisine, and great music.    See any JCDC member for tickets - or buy online today! 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS Georgia football is coming off one its worst upsets in Sanford Stadium history, but as bad as things are, the Bulldogs still opened as a 27-point favorite over Kentucky. COLUMN: Changes needed after historic upset in Athens This, even though the Wildcats are coming off their first SEC win of the season, a 24-20 home victory over Arkansas. UGA plays host to Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (TV: ESPN). The Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) dropped to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll after their 20-17 double-overtime loss to South Carolina, a game that saw Georgia struggle at the most inopportune times. A review of the boxscore reflects the Bulldogs outgained the Gamecocks 468-297 and controlled the clock 36:04 to 23:56. Four UGA turnovers and two missed field goals, however, proved too much to overcome. Georgia enters the week with many second-guessing offensive coordinator James Coley, even though the Bulldogs rank 10th in the nation in total offense with 504.8 yards per game. Contrast that to Kentucky (3-3, 1-3), which ranks 89th in the nation in total offense (384.3) under offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. It was Gran who reportedly indicated to Kentucky media last spring that he received an offer from Kirby Smart to become the Bulldogs offensive coordinator. Some suspected it was an attempt to leverage a new contract in his coordinator role. RELATED: Georgia didn't offer Eddie Gran offensive coordinator position Georgia sources confirmed to DawgNation that coach Kirby Smart talked with Gran about a position on the staff, but an offer to become the offensive coordinator was never forthcoming. Indeed, the Wildcats offense last season ranked 103rd in the nation, and that was in a 10-win season. Coley was being groomed for the OC position at Georgia for some time, having been promoted to coach quarterbacks and work alongside Jim Chaney as co-offensive coordinator last season. It's hard to imagine any political fallout from Gran using his UGA interview to boost his stock at Kentucky playing a role in the game, but it's safe to say the Bulldogs will look to get their offensive on track to its fullest potential after the embarrassing loss to the Gamecocks. Georgia handled Kentucky last season in Lexington, 34-17, in a game that was never really in doubt. 'They beat us in all phases,' UK coach Mark Stoops said after the Bulldogs out-rushed the Wildcats 331 yards to 84 in a game that determined the SEC East Division champion. Other SEC Games, per VegasInsider.com Alabama 35 1/2 vs. Tennessee LSU -18 at Mississippi State Auburn -16 1/2 at Arkansas Missouri -21 1/2 at Vanderbilt Texas A&M -6 at Ole Miss Florida -6 1/2 at South Carolina Georgia-South Carolina Game coverage Loss to Carolina could prove season defining WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship discusses missed field goals Georgia recap: How the Bulldogs lost 20-17 in 2OT to South Carolina Stock Report: Bulldogs stock falls in mistake-filled loss to Gamecocks Twitter reacts to Georgia loss to South Carolina Demetris Robertson clutch in fourth quarter for Bulldogs Georgia-Kentucky game time announced Remainder of 2019 season impossible to predict The post Georgia football favored to bounce back impressively against Kentucky appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The decision not to allow Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship to attempt what would have been a 60-yard field goal at the end of regulation has led to some second guessing. Kirby Smart explained how a 5-yard illegal shift penalty led to UGA deciding to attempt a deep pass rather than kick on the final play of regulation. COLUMN: Georgia football changes needed after historic and shocking upset Blankenship's career-long field goal is 55 yards. But Blankenship had a 53-yard attempt blocked at the end of the first half in the 20-17 double-overtime loss to South Carolina. WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship postgame, discusses missed kicks 'We thought 38 yard line (55-yard attempt), it was a long, long field goal but it was a shot to make it,' Smart said. 'We felt like we had to take one more chance to get five or six yards and we were going to kick it. Thought we could get some more yards back but the penalty obviously killed us.' Indeed, some thought Georgia was rolling the dice trying another play with six seconds left and no timeouts. The penalty on the play an incomplete pass made the decision costly. 'Not only did we get the penalty, but we lost the play,' Smart said. 'When you lost the play and you get the penalty, now you're forced with three seconds left to kick a 60-yarder or try a Hail Mary.' The illegal shift occurred when Jake Fromm appeared to change the play with just three seconds on the play clock. Fromm's audible or route change triggered a shift from receivers George Pickens and Demetris Robertson. One stepped up on the line of scrimmage, one took a step back. The receivers, however, did not shift quickly enough to be set for one second. That led to the 5-yard penalty that Smart felt took Blankenship out of range. Blankenship said he trusted his coach's decision and understood the concern a 60-yard attempt would have created. Rodrigo Blankenship says he wanted the chance to kick the ball at the end of regulation. pic.twitter.com/g6XAj9r3tL 960 The Ref (@960theref) October 12, 2019 'When we had it at the 38-yard line, that was going to be in range,' Blankenship said. 'But the penalty pushed us back, and I think with them blocking one earlier, we really didn't want to risk that again. 'I trust coach Smart, and he trusts me. I think he would have given me that chance from 55 yards. I'm already ready, I'm ready for anything.' Georgia coach Kirby Smart Georgia-South Carolina Game coverage Loss to Carolina could prove season defining WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship discusses missed field goals Georgia recap: How the Bulldogs lost 20-17 in 2OT to South Carolina Stock Report: Bulldogs stock falls in mistake-filled loss to Gamecocks Twitter reacts to Georgia loss to South Carolina Demetris Robertson clutch in fourth quarter for Bulldogs Georgia-Kentucky game time announced Remainder of 2019 season impossible to predict The post WATCH: Kirby Smart explains not trying field goal at end of regulation appeared first on DawgNation.
  • There are two ways for Dawgs fans to look at Georgia's shocking upset loss to South Carolina Saturday in Athens. On the one hand, rarely in the SEC can a team turn the ball over four times, as Georgia did, and come out on the winning end even against a midlevel opponent like the Gamecocks. Add to that uphill battle the doomsday scenario that two of Georgia's key points producers, quarterback Jake Fromm and placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship, had possibly the worst games they've ever played, and you had a perfect storm bearing down on the Bulldogs just in time for Sanford Stadium's 90 th birthday. Fromm finished the day with three interceptions, a fumbled snap and also was sacked three times after only being sacked once in the first five games. Only one of the three picks clearly was Fromm's fault, but, even when his passes weren't being caught by South Carolina's Israel Mukuamu, Fromm frequently was off-target, throwing just a bit high or a bit behind his receivers. The nearly perfect pass he threw to Demetris Robertson late in the fourth quarter (a play that wouldn't even have happened had not the Cocks been called for defensive holding on that series) was the exception rather than the rule. And Mr. Automatic, Blankenship, finally proved to be human, having one kick blocked and missing the key field goal attempt in the second overtime, after previously being perfect on the season. What are the odds of both Fromm and Blankenship having the Game From Hell on the same day? Add in that the injuries are mounting, and Georgia's most reliable possession receiver, transfer Lawrence Cager, had to leave Saturday's game with continuing shoulder problems, and it's pretty amazing that the Dawgs still had a chance to win this game in the second overtime. Some Georgia fans are taking solace in the fact that just about everything that could go wrong for the Dawgs Saturday did indeed go wrong. As more than one said to me in the wake of Saturday's demoralizing upset, Kirby Smart's teams usually have one game a year where they stink, and this was it. The Dawgs still control their destiny, these folks noted; they just no longer have any margin of error. On the other hand, the growing glass-half-empty faction of Bulldog Nation (some might call them the more realistic fans in light of what we've seen so far this season) looked at Saturday's upset this way: A 2-3 Gamecocks team, a three-touchdown underdog, came to town playing with their second-team quarterback, who went down midway through the game and was replaced by the third-stringer, and they still triumphed over the Dawgs, despite being shut out in the second half of regulation, and trying to give the game away in overtime. On the Georgia side, there was plenty of blame to go around Saturday, and not just Fromm and Blankenship's off days. Georgia's defense certainly had its bad moments Saturday including the seemingly obligatory long touchdown pass that the Dawgs' patchwork secondary seems to give up with alarming regularity but overall it played well enough to win the game. After halftime, South Carolina didn't score at all until a field goal in the second overtime. No, most of the onus for the loss is born by the offense and the coaching staff. The offensive line continued to show they were overrated in the preseason, allowing South Carolina to tamp down Georgia's running game while also leaving Fromm under pressure on key passing plays. As Smart said after the game, ' Everybody likes to talk about our offensive line being a dominating offensive line. I'd love to talk about that. But they've got to do it.' The underperformance of the OL is a key component in one of the growing storylines of this season: When slow-starting Georgia, which has trailed in the first half of three straight games, needs a yard or two, it too often just can't get them. Also, the generally unimaginative play-calling was atrocious (a word used to describe it by almost everyone I heard from after Saturday's game), especially on second down, where the Dawgs alternated between short runs up the middle that everyone in the stadium saw coming, and incomplete passes that resulted from Georgia receivers' inability to get separation from their defenders. Georgia's inability to establish its running game against the Gamecocks meant Fromm had to put the ball up in the air 51 times Saturday, and that played into a disturbing trend: Only five times in his career has Fromm thrown as many as 30 passes in a game, and Georgia has lost all of them. Live by the running attack, die by the contained running attack. And, the offense was positively execrable in the two overtimes, with Georgia's first drive quickly ending with an interception, and the second one gaining not a yard before the missed kick. On top of all that, Smart's in-game decisions and clock management still need a lot of improvement, particularly late in each half. A decision that particularly stuck in the craw of many fans came at the end of regulation, when Smart hesitated to have Blankenship attempt a game-winning field goal that would have been 55 yards, and then saw an illegal shift on an ill-advised attempt at another offensive play add 5 more yards to the distance. Smart shied away from having Blankenship try a 60-yarder, despite the Georgia crowd chanting Hot Rod's name, and went for a Hail Mary (probably the lowest-percentage of all football plays) that never even got properly thrown. As my brother Tim put it: 'Unfortunately, Kirby makes game-winning or -losing decisions as a defensive coach. I can guarantee you [Florida's Dan] Mullen would have tried the kick.' My buddy Scott summed up the game like this: 'Bottom line is their DBs outplayed our WRs, their D-line outplayed our vaunted O-line on the run, Fromm had a bad day and we were outcoached by a team with not even half our talent.' Back to Georgia's offense, for a moment. The signs have been there all season, as the Dawgs continually have struggled in short-yardage situations and rarely have had a serious downfield threat against top-level opposition. But, as my son Bill said, offensive coordinator James Coley seems to have no idea how to use this team's weapons, or how to attack a defense when runs up the middle aren't working. Whether it's a failure of his own imagination, or he's simply slavishly trying to follow Smart's mandate that Georgia establish the run and wear down defenses by imposing their will, the result is the Dawgs are running an antiquated offense that pales in comparison to the wide-open attacks that other playoff contenders, like Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State, are operating. You want to see how moving your offense into the 21 st century can impact a program that seems stuck at not-quite-good-enough? Just look at LSU this year! As Scott noted, all those schools running high-scoring spread attacks used to subscribe to the power running game that Smart clings to so desperately. 'How many years did [Alabama's Nick] Saban stick to that before he realized, with the rule changes, he needed an offense that could score quickly at any point? Hope it doesn't take Kirby that long.' That's for down the road, though. Right now, the task facing the Dawgs is shaking off this bad, bad day and trying to win out, including taking on a surging Florida team that gave LSU all it could handle for more than three quarters. Georgia set out to make the College Football Playoff this season, but the Dawgs' only path to the playoff now is to win the SEC Championship. Anything less will find them again left out of the final four. Were the 2019 Dawgs ever really a playoff contender, or have they been exposed as talented but underperforming pretenders? That remains to be seen; there's still a lot of football to be played. But, on Saturday against South Carolina, the Dawgs didn't look anything like a championship team. The post Fans wonder: Was loss to Gamecocks a hiccup, or were Dawgs exposed? appeared first on DawgNation.
  • There was a lot of accountability shown by the Georgia football team in the wake of a stunning 20-17 loss at home to South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. Senior captain J.R. Reed said the loss would not linger.Rodrigo Blankenship was one of the very first Bulldogs to meet the media after likely the most unexplainable loss of his Georgia career. Those losses back in 2016 could be explained away by the notion Georgia was still building something in Smart's first full year. Not this game. Not this loss to a 2-3 Carolina team. Especially when Georgia showed the nation just how hard it will be to beat any team with a minus-4 ratio in takeaways. Smart was also among the many members of the team who took ownership of the final result. Jake Fromm didn't play at his best when his best was required. He was called upon to throw the ball 51 times after South Carolina stymied Georgia's run game. He'd never thrown the ball more than 41 times in a game in his Bulldog career. Georgia ran 95 plays on Saturday. South Carolina ran 67. The Bulldogs totaled up 467 yards against their SEC East rivals but did so with a meager output of 4.92 yards per play. The loss sparked a memory in former Georgia Bulldog Arthur Lynch. He took to Twitter after the loss with a historical parallel with another bitter loss to South Carolina in 2012 and a reminder about how that season turned out. Relax peeps. In 2012, we lost to South Carolina, on October 6th (WK 6), and still made it SECCG only to miss the National Championship by 5 yards. In short, LONG season and Dawgs are ALWAYS on top. #LFG #GoDawgs Arthur Lynch (@alynch1788) October 12, 2019 Some of the most important lessons the game of football taught me is that nothing in life is guaranteed and how to bounce back after failure. We've got no choice but to pick up the pieces, learn from our mistakes, and move forward! Go Dawgs pic.twitter.com/SlLn3Xdy5p Rennie Flomo Curran (@RennieCurran53) October 13, 2019 Heartbreaking, but the ultimate season goal is still intact. We just have the pressure of being perfect the rest of the way. Let's go #GoDawgs!!! pic.twitter.com/GsbbPm8xL0 FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) October 12, 2019 Said this at the beginning of the season and unfortunately it showed today. Loosing Cager hurt. @finebaum @AtlantaSportsX https://t.co/2CaiEXXIAu Hutson Mason (@HMason14) October 12, 2019 Ugly loss but we will bounce back Happy for @CoachBmac_ & @iamthomasbrown though! #GoDawgs Keith Marshall (@Truthh4) October 12, 2019 Former WR Jeremiah Holloman supports former teammates Lawrence Cager's absence down the stretch was one of the reasons why Georgia's receivers had trouble making plays against the Gamecocks. Cager (separated shoulder) has been battling that all season. The graduate transfer from Miami had four catches for 48 yards but was unable to finish the game. Without Cager, the Bulldog receivers had a hard time getting open against the physical coverage employed at the line of scrimmage by South Carolina's cornerbacks. The Gamecocks have recruited athletes with height and length to play that position. It brought to mind thedismissal of former receiver Jeremiah 'J.J.' Holloman back in June. University police investigated allegations of a domestic dispute between Holloman and his girlfriend. It was a disappointing end to his time at Georgia . The contest with South Carolina marked the first time all season where his absence was clearly felt on the field in a contested game. While Georgia does have good emerging young playmakers at receiver in freshmen Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens, those two are still first-year players in the SEC. Redshirt junior receiver Demetris Robertson came up to make a few plays. He finished with five catches for 51 yards. Robertson's 6-yard touchdown catch with 1:48 left to play tied the game up at 17. Holloman had the skills to help Georgia recover from the humbling loss on the road at LSU last season. He is now sitting out the 2019 season after transferring to another FBS program at Florida International University. He hauled in two big touchdown passes from Fromm to help put down the Gators and steady the 2018 season. When the NFL drafted Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley this spring, he was in line to be Georgia's leading returning receiver 2019. The reason he is no longer at Georgia is a non-football story, but his absence is another reason why Georgia didn't have more options that could consistently get off the line and create separation on Saturday. Remember the downfield blocks he made to turn 15-yard runs into touches that went the distance?Holloman's blend of size, speed and physicality has been missing from that unit all season. He helped all phases of the offensive game plan. Holloman tweeted out his regrets after the game for not being on the field for Georgia, too. He did so while also showing support to his former teammates in Cager, Fromm, Malik Herring and Richard LeCounte III after the loss. Georgia-South Carolina Game coverage Kirby Smart details the South Carolina injury report Loss to Carolina could prove season-defining for UGA WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship discusses missed field goals Georgia recap: How the Bulldogs lost 20-17 in 2OT to South Carolina Stock Report: Bulldogs stock falls in mistake-filled loss to Gamecocks Twitter reacts to Georgia loss to South Carolina Demetris Robertson clutch in fourth quarter for Bulldogs South Carolina rips off pieces of hedges after upset The post Former Bulldogs share their views on the South Carolina loss, including a WR who still supports his former team appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Kirby Smart didn't use injuries as an excuse for Georgia's upset loss to South Carolina on Saturday, but it's fair to say its significant when two of three game captains can't play. The most significant injury in the Bulldogs' 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina came to receiver Lawrence Cager. Cager, a grad-transfer from Miami, has become the most irreplaceable player not named Jake Fromm on the roster. Cager had come up big in the first half with three catches to convert on third down plays. READ: ESPN expert says loss 'a dagger' to Georgia playoff hopes Cager had been doing it with a separated shoulder, Smart said, but on Saturday the Gamecocks were able to knock him out of the game. 'He's got the separated shoulder he's been dealing with it for weeks,' Smart said. 'It's hard to get healthy. He goes out there and plays. He doesn't bang on it during the week but he goes out there and plays on it and he's just having a hard time getting healthy.' Tailback Brian Herrien, coming off the best performance of his career, was healthy enough to go to midfield for a coin toss and dress out. But Smart said back spasms limited him to riding the exercise bike during the game. 'He had back spasms and he got them (Friday),' Smart said. 'They were going treat him for it and get him out there today. He tried to go, went through warmups but couldn't get over them. It's unfortunate that he wasn't able to play being a senior.' Redshirt freshman Zamir White ran hard, but he's understandably still getting a feel for game action after missing more than year of game action on account of two ACL surgeries. White missed some cuts that could have led to big plays. Justin Shaffer had drawn the past two starts at left guard in place of Solomon Kindley, but a neck sprain forced him out of the game and Kindley was forced back into action at less than 100 percent. Kindley suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and didn't appear to play with the same physicality against a determined South Carolina team. Defensive back Mark Webb got the start against the Gamecocks, but Smart said he suffered a knee injury early. Divaad Wislon subbed in and got beat by Bryan Edwards on a 46-yard touchdown. '(Webb) bumped knees on the Hilinski kid's knee brace,' Smart explained. 'They went knee to knee on one of those pressures and the knee brace got him. He's injured. I don't know how serious it is. We'll check into it.' Smart revealed Tyson Campbell's injury has been a painful and 'delicate' turf toe ailment, and so the 5-star cornerback was unable to play for the third consecutive game. 'He's been able to run around in practice, he's just not 100 percent,' Smart said. 'That's a very delicate injury and it's tough to get over. We're trying to be patient because you don't want to come back early from that injury. Turf toe is a tough deal.' Nose tackle Jordan Davis, who suffered an ankle injury against Tennessee, attempted to play agent South Carolina but was noticeably limping an unable to go. Receiver Tyler Simmons continues to tough it out and play in a shoulder brace, but for the second time in three games he was responsible for a costly turnover, this time unable to raise his arms sufficiently to catch a pass that came out of his hands and was intercepted in overtime. Freshman defensive lineman and kick coverage ace Travon Walker had his left arm in a cast and did not play. That took one more talented player out of the defensive front's rotation. Kearis Jackson, who began the season as the starting slot receiver, was listed as playing but did not have a catch. Jackson suffered a broken hand in the opening game and has been cleared the past two games. Georgia-South Carolina Game coverage Loss to Carolina could prove season defining WATCH: Rodrigo Blankenship discusses missed field goals Georgia recap: How the Bulldogs lost 20-17 in 2OT to South Carolina Stock Report: Bulldogs stock falls in mistake-filled loss to Gamecocks Twitter reacts to Georgia loss to South Carolina Demetris Robertson clutch in fourth quarter for Bulldogs South Carolina rips off pieces of hedges after upset The post Kirby Smart: Georgia football injuries added up in loss to South Carolina appeared first on DawgNation.