Serial killer Samuel Little drew these portraits of victims. Who are they?

Serial Killer Samuel Little has made portraits of 16 of his victims who remain unknown

Samuel Little drew the portrait from memory almost two decades after he says he killed the woman in 1996 in Los Angeles.

Authorities noted that Little's drawings have helped identify two women and helped provide breaks in three cold cases.

A senior citizen who may be one of the most prolific serial killers in America painstakingly sketched women believed to be his victims - and now authorities are hoping the creepy drawings could lead to some answers.

Little also confessed to killing a 22-year-old black woman, possibly named "Linda", in Miami in 1971; a 28-year-old black woman who possibly worked at what was then-called Homestead Air Force Base in 1971 or 1972; a 23-to-24-year-old black woman, possibly named "Emily", who worked at the University of Miami, in the mid-1970s; a 45-year-old white woman, possibly named "Sarah", who was originally from MA, in Kendall in 1973; and a white woman killed in Homestead in 1970 or 1971.

The FBI says Little is in poor health and will likely stay in prison in Texas until his death. He claims to have killed 20 people in Los Angeles alone.

Despite Little's detailed confessions, corroboration and victim identification have proved challenging for law enforcement.

Most lived on the margins of society: prostitutes, drug addicts or transgender women who drew little notice when they disappeared.

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He strangled all his victims and dumped their bodies, often in wooded areas.

Little has told investigators he considers himself an accomplished artist and promised previous year that he could render portraits of his victims from memory.

Investigators encouraged him to do so, and using a mix of chalk, pastel pencils and watercolours he has drawn 16 in their final frightened moments, the last known images of the victims until police found their remains.

A redhead with vivid emerald green eyes and downturned lips; a young woman with strong eyebrows and cherry-red earrings; a teenager with a blue hairband possibly named "Mary Ann". Most stare straight at the killer or just over his shoulder.

Now the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released the pictures in hopes some of the victims can be identified. "Jackson, Mississippi - one; Cincinnati, Ohio - one; Phoenix, Arizona - three; Las Vegas, Nevada - one". But they have been unable to put a name to the bones.

Little confessed to the 90 further killings a year ago after FBI investigators set up an interview with the killer following discovery of a case in Texas which they suspected involved Little.

According to the FBI, Little remembers his victims and the killings in great detail.

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