Investigators release details on connection between serial killer and 1993 Lubbock murder

Investigators hold news conference on serial killer in Lubbock - clipped version

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A man who may be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history has been indicted for the 1993 Lubbock murder of Bobbie Ann Fields-Wilson.

Samuel Little, 79, has been linked to more than 60 killings in at least 14 states. He has admitted to more than 90 murders across the country.

Officials say Little is in failing health, which has caused him to be forthcoming with investigators, including drawing pictures of some of the victims he has murdered and details on the others. The FBI released this list of Little’s confessions last year and they continue to add to it.

So far there are more than 60 of Little’s descriptions, including more than 20 detailed drawings. One of these drawings is said to be Bobbie Ann Fields-Wilson, a woman who was killed right here in Lubbock, and a case that has gone unsolved for 26 years.

Officials say Fields was 37-years-old when she was found in a field in East Lubbock.

Officials provide map of where Bobbie Fields' body was found in 1993.
Officials provide map of where Bobbie Fields' body was found in 1993. (Source: Lubbock Police Department)
Investigators release a photo of Bobbie Ann Fields just before her murder in 1993.
Investigators release a photo of Bobbie Ann Fields just before her murder in 1993. (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

According to the original 1993 police report, police say they got the call of a dead person lying near the road on Keel avenue. It says a family was walking when they stumbled across what they thought was a dead animal in the field near the roadway, but it was the body of Fields-Wilson.

Investigators say she was last seen near the Rose Hotel located in the 700 block of 13th Street on Aug. 7 approximately 1 a.m.

In November 2018, Lubbock Police said Little was not connected to any of the unsolved homicides in Lubbock. However, he admitted to killing a woman in Odessa, Wichita Falls, and Houston. The case was assigned to the newly created Lubbock Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit. On Nov. 16, 2018, Metro crimes spoke with FBI Violent Crimes Apprehension Program Crime Analyst Christina Palazzolo.

They were provided the timeline of Little’s historical criminal activities. Little was incarcerated in California and provided information and admitting to committing a murder somewhere in the area of Wichita Falls. Investigators checked into the possibility that Little could have been involved in the murder of Bobbie Fields. He was in jail in Travis County in July 1993. He was released from jail on Aug. 3, 1993, six days before Fields was found.

Little told investigators he placed the body of an unidentified female in a field along a road where she could easily be found. The murder was believed to have happened in 1976 or 1977 and 30-50 miles south of Wichita Falls. The victim’s description, location in a filed and placement of the body was similar to how Fields was found.

On July 2, 2019, investigators spoke with the FBI and they agreed about the similarities and warranted further investigation.

While going through evidence, investigators found a flyer from 1993. The flyer was an attempt to locate a suspect driving a 1978 yellow Cadillac Eldorado. That was the vehicle Fields was last seen getting into at the Rose Hotel.

Little was known to drive a yellow Cadillac Eldorado.

On Aug. 20, LPD arranged an interview with Little. He provided corroborating and very specific details to the murder of Bobbie Fields.

On Aug. 27, the case was presented to a Lubbock County Grand Jury. Little was indicted and as a result, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Samuel Little.

The California Department of Corrections has been notified of the warrant and has placed a detainer on Little should he ever be released prior to his three life sentences. This case is now in the hands of the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office.

Family members know about the warrant and investigators hope it will provide some closure for them.

Little made another trip to Lubbock a few years later. He was arrested in Lubbock in 2006 for shoplifting from the Walmart at 4th and Frankford along the West Loop.

Little claims to have murder these two women. Left is from Wichita Falls. Right is from Houston.
Little claims to have murder these two women. Left is from Wichita Falls. Right is from Houston. (Source: FBI)

Little says he killed a black woman in Houston between 1976 and 1979 or 1993 and claims she was in her late 20′s.

During Little’s 2014 trial in Los Angeles, prosecutors said he was likely responsible for at least 40 killings since 1980. Authorities at the time were looking for possible links to deaths in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Officials say there has been no false information given by Little about his victims.

KCBD Newschannel 11 at 10 Samuel Little Profile 8/28/2019

Unsolved Homicides on the South Plains:

  • Vicente Flores, 1978 – Garza County - During the evening hours of Saturday, 08-26-1978, Vicente Flores was shot in a parking lot in Post, Texas. Roberto Diaz absconded following the murder of Vicente and has not been arrested. Roberto Diaz was indicted for the murder of Vicente. Vicente was survived by a wife and 2 year old daughter.
  • Jose Martinez, 2002 – Hale County - On Sunday, 05-05-2002, the body of 82 year old Jose Martinez was discovered in his residence located in Petersburg, Texas. Jose Martinez suffered multiple injuries.
  • Cody Rogers, 1996 – Hockley County - On Saturday, 07-20-1996, 21 year old Cody Rogers' body was discovered in a rural residence south of Anton, Texas. Cody had been shot. Less than 24 hours before his body was found, Cody’s 19 year old friend reported Cody missing. Cody’s body was found in the 19 year old friend’s rural residence.
  • Evangelina “Angie” Cruz – 1996 – Lamb County - During the early morning hours of Tuesday, 08-06-1996, two Hispanic males committed a robbery of the Jolly Roger convenience store located in Littlefield, Texas. The clerk, 32 year old Angie Cruz, was shot. Angie was able to describe the suspects prior to her death. Angie was survived by her children.
  • Kimberley Groseclose, 1993 – Lubbock County - On Sunday, 10-10-1993, 18 year old Kimberley Groseclose accepted a ride from a truck driver to travel from Lubbock, Texas to her home in Round Rock, Texas. On 12-09-1993, Kimberley’s body was discovered in a field adjacent to Loop 289 located in east Lubbock, Texas. Kimberley was survived by her 18 month old son.
  • Veronica Taylor, 1987 – Lubbock County - On the morning of Thursday, 03-26-1987, the body of 13 year old Veronica Taylor was discovered in a snow covered field adjacent to F.M. 1729, located in eastern Lubbock County, Texas. Veronica had suffered blunt force trauma. Veronica was last seen departing a relative’s apartment the previous evening. Veronica was a 6th Grade student at Murfee Elementary in Lubbock, Texas.
  • Frank Ball, 1984 – Lubbock County - On the afternoon of Thursday, 03-01-1984, the body of 62 year old Frank Ball was discovered in a cotton field near Quirt Avenue (Martin Luther King Boulevard) in southern Lubbock County, Texas. Frank had suffered blunt force trauma. Frank, an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was last seen the previous evening at local establishments. Frank’s vehicle was located on the north side of Lubbock, Texas the following day. Frank was survived by a wife and two sons.
  • Cynthia Palacio, 2003 – Lubbock County - On Tuesday, 07-15-2003, the body of 21 year old Cynthia Palacio was discovered on a rural caliche road in southeast Lubbock County, Texas. Cynthia had been strangled. Cynthia, a resident of Lubbock, Texas was survived by her 2 year old daughter. Cynthia Palacio’s murder has been linked to the 04-19-2004 murder of Linda Carbajal.
  • Linda Carbajal, 2004 – Lubbock County - On Monday, 04-19-2004, the body of Linda Trevino Carbajal was discovered on a rural dirt road in northern Lubbock County, Texas. Carbajal had suffered blunt force injuries and had been strangled. Carbajal was a resident of Lubbock, Texas, and was 21 years old at the time of her death. Linda Carbajal’s murder has been linked to the 07-15-2003 murder of Cynthia Palacio.
  • Hailey Dunn, 2010 - Colorado City - Hailey DUNN, 13, was an outgoing 8th grade student at Colorado City Middle School located in Mitchell County, Texas. Hailey was a cheerleader, active in sports and band. On 12-27-2010, Hailey was last seen leaving her mother’s house to go to a friend’s house, but never arrived. On 12-28-2010, Hailey’s mother reported her missing. On 03-16-2013, the remains of Hailey were located near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County, Texas.
  • Jeannie Quinn, 2018 - Jeannie Kaitlyn-Noel Quinn’s body was found on private property in Abilene on April 17, 2018, two days after she went missing from Levelland.

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