Samuel Little's childhood house.

Serial Killer House in Lorain, Ohio, United States.

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Samuel Little's childhood house.

This is the empty lot where Samuel Little's childhood house once stood.

Little is one of the most prolific serial killers in the history of the United States.

In 2018, he confessed to killing 93 women. So far, the FBI's ViCAP unit has been able to confirm his involvement in at least 60 murders.

According to the 1950 US Census, Little lived at 223 E 33rd Street with his grandparents, Henry and Fannie Mae McDowell (screenshot below). 

At the time of the census, he was just nine years old.

Although Little was born in Reynolds, Georgia, it wasn't long before he moved to Lorain, Ohio to live with his paternal grandparents. 

Henry and Fannie Mae took the young boy into their care after his birth mother, Bessie Mae Little, abandoned him. According to Little, his mother was a sex worker who left him on the side of a dirt road in Georgia.

Investigators believe that his mother may have given birth to him while she was incarcerated on prostitution charges.

While living in Lorain, Samuel went by the surname "McDowell." The census records also indicate that Henry and Fannie claimed him as their own son.

Coincidentally, the grandparents of serial killer Ted Bundy did the exact same thing during the 1950 Census.

Samuel was a troublesome young boy. At the age of 13, he was sent to the Boys' Industrial School after he stole a bicycle.

During his 18-month stint at the reformatory school, his behavior worsened and he racked up dozens of violations.

In his late teens and early adult years, he was jailed several times for burglary, breaking and entering, and assault. A newspaper article about one of his earlier crimes shows that he was still using the surname "McDowell" at the age of 21.

During the late 1960s, his mother entered his life again. Shortly afterwards, he decided to relocate to Miami, Florida so that he could live with her.

He committed his first known murder in the early hours of January 1st, 1971, when he strangled a woman named Mary Jo Brosley to death.

Brosley was an alcoholic who had abandoned her 7-year-old son a couple of months beforehand. According to Little, the pair met at a bar in Miami on New Year's Eve.

From that point on, he became a drifter who continuously traveled from state to state, murdering women and committing lesser crimes such as shoplifting along the way.

Between 1971 and 1997, he killed at least 60 women in Ohio, California, Texas, Maryland, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Mississippi, South Carolina, Kentucky, Arkansas, Nevada, and Arizona.

Many of his victims are still unidentified.

Where did Samuel Little live?

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS Coordinates.

The GPS coordinates for the site are as follows.

  • Latitude: 41.440817
  • Longitude: -82.161683

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Address.

The full address for this location is:

223 E 33rd Street
Lorain
Ohio
OH 44055
United States

Directions.

Samuel Little lived in a house on East 33rd Street, which connects Broadway and Elyria Avenue.

East 33rd Street is roughly 500 yards south of the intersection between East 28th Street (Highway 57) and Elyria Avenue.

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Samuel Little in the 1950 United States census.

Samuel Little childhood

This is a screenshot from the 1950 United States census.

At the time, Samuel Little was living with his paternal grandparents at 223 E 33rd Street in Lorain. Their house sat between 219 E 33rd Street and 3254 Elyria Ave.

The census enumeration district number was 47-69, which covered a small area between Broadway and Elyria Ave.

Samuel grew up with the surname McDowell. He did not start using the surname Little until later on in life.

Notably, his grandparents listed him as their son.

His grandfather, Henry McDowell, was a cement mixer at a nearby steel plant. His grandmother, Fannie, was a housewife.

223 E 33rd Street.

223 E 33rd Street

The house is visible in this aerial photograph from 1969.

It sat to the east of a small lane that connects 33rd Street and 32nd Street. The lane in question still exists today.

We were unable to determine when the house was destroyed. Aerial images show that it did not exist in 1996. According to property records, the lot is now a part of 3254 Elyria Avenue (the house on the right).

The lot.

The lot.

This Google Street View image was taken in June of 2017.

The driveway in the center led to an old wooden garage, which was torn down at some point between 2008 and 2013.

The photograph on the right is from May of 1972. By that stage, Samuel Little had already murdered 2-5 women.

His last victim was reportedly killed in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997. However, he was not apprehended until 2012, when the authorities arrested him at a homeless shelter in Kentucky on a narcotics charge. 

Following his arrest, a DNA match confirmed that he had killed three women in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1989.

Boys' Industrial School.

Boys Industrial School ohio

In 1954, Little was sent to the Boys' Industrial School in Lancaster, Ohio. The building above was used by the school's administration.

These days, the grounds are home to the Southeastern Correctional Institute.

Coordinates: 39.642465, -82.621891

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