Not many people can say they came face to face with a serial killer. Wayne Spees had been a rookie on the San Diego Police Department when he arrested Samuel Little. The FBI considers Little to be “the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history.”
Between 1970 and 2005, Little murdered at least 93 people, most of them black women. The FBI brought Little to justice in 2012, and he confessed to the murders, making him the most prolific killer in American history. But, Spees had a run-in with Little in 1983.
The now retired cop arrested Samuel Little in 1983.
Spees had been on patrol with his partner. A month prior, a man later identified as Little nearly strangled Laurie Barros. The police officers decided to stake out the crime scene.
“We pulled in, turned on the lights and there’s this black T-Bird [1976 Ford Thunderbird] that matches our description of [Little’s] car,” Spees told Fox News. “As soon as our headlights turn on, we see Little’s head pop up. He jumps out of the car from the passenger side and he’s waving at us. You can see him just fidgeting with his pants, zipping himself up.”
Little tried to concoct a story that he stopped there for an intimate moment with his wife, but the officers found his story suspicious. For one, Little was injured.
“He had a lot of fresh scratches on his throat,” Spees said. “And he’s got what I would describe as a mucousy blood spot on his shirt. At that point, he becomes very agitated. He keeps looking at my partner who’s now up in his car shining his light around. My partner then says to me, ’10-16,’ which means he’s under arrest.”
Spees said Little sized up the officers and looked at their guns.
“You could tell that in his mind, he was trying to decide,” Spees said. “If there was just one officer there, he might have tried to get away. But because there were two of us, he decided to go ahead with the arrest.”
The officers found a half-dead Tonya Jackson in the backseat of Little’s car. They arrested Little and charged him with rape and assault with great bodily injury, according to The Cut. Police connected Little to the Barros case, and he received a four-year sentence. Little only served a year and half before going free on parole.
DNA evidence helped arrest the serial killer.
Little’s arrest by Spees precedes DNA evidence, which ultimately helped capture the serial killer. Little is now in a California prison where he is serving consecutive life sentences for three murders from the 1980s. Spees encourages people to help authorities identify Little’s other victims.
“Make no mistake — Samuel Little is a violent predator,” Spees said. “The sooner he dies, the better, as far as I’m concerned. He’s a monster. I won’t have any remorse for him the day he finally goes. But while he’s here, we need to give those families justice.”
[H/T: Fox News]