A redhead with vivid emerald green eyes and drooping lips; a young woman with strong eyebrows and cherry red earrings; a teenager with a blue headband possibly called "Mary Ann".
These are some of the disquieting portraits drawn by hand by confessed serial killer Samuel Little of his alleged victims, many of whom, according to authorities, remain unidentified.
The FBI published 16 of Little's portraits, all of which were taken from memory, on Tuesday. The bureau told CNN that it hoped that "someone, a relative, a former neighbor, a friend, could recognize the [victims] and provide the crucial clue to help authorities make an identification. "Little's drawings, the agency added, have" proven to be quite accurate. "
Little, 78, researchers surprised last year when they began to confess almost 100 murders, carried out in the span of about 35 years. He had already been behind bars at the time, serving three life sentences for the murders of three women in Los Angeles. But as of last May, Little shared one story after another of the dozens of other vulnerable women, many of whom were involved in prostitution and drug addicts, who, according to him, had strangled, leaving a trail of bodies throughout the country.
In total, Little has confessed to killing more than 90 people. Police said they have confirmed more than 36 of these cases so far, the Los Angeles Times reported. The grim account makes Little one of the most prolific serial killers in the history of the United States.
Despite Little's detailed confessions, the corroboration and identification of the victim have proven to be a challenge for law enforcement. Many of Little's victims lived on the margins of society and their deaths were often not investigated, the FBI said.
The office hopes that Little's portrayals of his alleged victims will help solve some of these cold cases.
"We want to give these women their names and their families some long-awaited answers. It's the least we can do, "the FBI told CNN.
Visit the FBI website to see more information about each of Little's portraits, including when and where each alleged victim was killed.
The office has urged anyone with information about victims to contact their Violent Criminal Detention Program at (800) 634-4097.