The Pine Bluff Commercial reported over the weekend that convicted serial killer Samuel Little has confessed to the 1994 murder of Jolanda Jones, 26, of Pine Bluff. Jones’ body was found on Port Road, and according to a report by the Fox News Network, her death was originally attributed to drugs.
The Commercial reported that a deputy police chief wrote in a memo to Chief Kelvin Sergeant that the deputy had been contacted by the FBI in Virginia after Little “half-admitted” to killing a black female in Pine Bluff in the early 1990s.
The deputy, Terry Hopson, was then told by Texas Ranger James Holland that Little had described the death and had painted a picture of Jones, as he did all his victims. According to the Commercial, Hopson found the likeness “remarkable.”
Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter has asked the State Crime Laboratory to look at Jones’ autopsy report to corroborate Little’s story.
Little, 79, has confessed to killing 93 people over three decades starting in 1970, Fox reported. The FBI has been working with Holland and other state and federal agencies to match Little’s confessed killings to unsolved cases. Little apparently remembers the killings in great detail, and has made portraits of his victims.
The FBI began releasing images of the portraits in an effort to identify some of them and close cold cases. One of the portraits was of a black woman killed in 1984 in West Memphis and another black woman killed in 1992 or 1993 in North Little Rock. (Their images are below; the FBI has not released the drawing Little made of Jones.)