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Whether you’ve heard of the case of Samuel Little or not, brand new true crime documentary show Confronting a Serial Killer will have you hooked from the very beginning.
The Starzplay series explores the chilling crimes of Little – the most prolific and notorious serial killer in American history, who was sent down in 2012 after at first being accused of murdering three women in California between 1987 and 1989.
Later, in 2018, Little was found guilty of a further murder of a female in Texas in 1994, and has since been linked to a staggering total of 93 killings. He died in prison at the end of last year aged 80.
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Over five episodes, which drop weekly each Sunday, the series will uncover Little’s horrendous crimes, as well as how acclaimed author and journalist Jillian Lauren made it her mission to identify his victims before it was too late.
Through exclusive interviews with Lauren, as well as many other female investigators, survivors, and tragic victims’ family members, the programme will show how Little confessed to the murders but was unable to identify many victims.
Lauren then began to uncover Little’s darkest secrets and help law enforcements in solving multiple cold cases.
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And in a trailer released ahead of the show’s debut, it looks set to be a truly gripping watch, as Lauren recalls her meetings with the serial killer and her race against time to get justice for his victims.
“I started reaching out to him to bring justice to these cold cases and restore the names of these victims,” Lauren says.
It then cuts to her showing a wall of portraits as she explains: “He did these drawings for me.”
Working from memory, Little drew staggeringly lifelike portraits of the women he killed, many of whom remain unidentified.
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The voice over then says, “I have access to him so my deal with the devil is ‘you will not die alone if tell me the truth.’”
The documentary is directed by Joe Berlinger, the man behind Netflix’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and the recent Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.
Speaking about why he wanted to focus on this case, Berlinger said he knew it was an important story to tell in the true crime genre.
He said: “The genre has never been more popular with some and more hated by others. So you may be asking yourself: why make another show about yet another vicious serial killer?”
He continued: “That is the very question I ask myself at the start of this – and every story – I choose to tell. I only want to take on a subject if I can have an impact on something that needs changing.”
Confronting a Serial Killer will debut on Starzplay in the UK on Sunday 18th April with new episodes available weekly
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