OCALA, Fla.(WCJB)– Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives have solved the 1982 homicide case of Rosie Hill after serial killer Samuel Little confessed to her murder.
Little, 78, is currently serving three life sentences without the possibility of parole for the violent deaths of three California women he murdered in the 1980s. Since his incarceration, Little has given information on more than 90 murders that he’s committed during his travels across the nation, including Rosie Hill in Ocala.
On Monday, August 16, 1982, Rosie Hill’s remains were found in a wooded area off of County Road 326. Detectives determined that Rosie was either strangled or suffocated by her attacker. Witnesses came forward saying that Rosie left a bar with a male and was not seen again.
The witnesses gave a description of the suspect and his car, which matched Little’s. In December 1982, Little was arrested for the attempted murder, aggravated assault and rape of two prostitutes in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Detectives interviewed Little and he said that he did not know Rosie.
Detectives did not have enough evidence at the time to charge Little with Rosie’s murder and was never charged in the Pascagoula case. In 1983, Little was arrested and acquitted, in Alachua County for the homicide of Patricia Mounts. After his acquittal, Little continued his killing spree and ended up in the state of California, where he was arrested in 2012 for three homicides that occurred in the late 1980’s.
Samuel Little got three life sentences and in 2013.
On October 9, 2018, MCSO Detective Sergeant Michael Mongeluzzo went to the Wise County Jail in Decatur, Texas, where Little was incarcerated. During their interview, Little confessed to killing Rosie Hill and dumping her body. Additionally, Little told Sgt. Mongeluzzo that he killed Rosie because “God put him on this earth to do it.”
Because Little is already serving three life sentences and recent indictment in the state of Texas for murder, the MCSO and the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District will not be pressing murder charges against Little in the murder of Rosie Hill.
Little was recently extradited from California and has been charged with the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers that happened in Odessa, Texas. He is currently in the Ector County Jail.