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Serial killer linked to Acadiana murder declared most prolific in US history; victim’s family speaks

Twenty-three years after the death of Reginald Thomas’s sister, the FBI declares her murderer the most prolific serial killer in US history. Authorities say they’ve verified more than half of the 93 murders Samuel Little has confessed to.

On November 9th, 2018 Little confessed to the murder of 24 year old Melissa Thomas of Opelousas. Authorities said Thomas was found strangled to death on January 31, 1996.  Her body was found under a tree near Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church’s graveyard.

The victims brother, Reginald Thomas says he’s found closure, but he hasn’t stopped counting the days since he lost his sister.

“Today it has been a total of 23 years, 10 months, and 14 days,” says Thomas.”

The FBI is now asking for the public’s help in matching the remaining unconfirmed confessions. Thomas says he he knows exactly what those victims family’s are going through and feels that god and the support of community members is what gave his family closure.

“By him doing the thing he did to the other family members, its a painful thing.” Thomas went on to say that support from the community helped bring his family closure. He credits family member Wilfred Young for giving his family hope during the difficult time.

“They needed someone to come and help them go through the healing process,” says Young. “I thank God I was able to go into the family, gather them together, have a word of prayer and do counseling with them.”

Samuel has been convicted of 49 of the 93 murders he’s confessed to, but Reginald has a message to the families of the unsolved murders.

“Never give up,” says Thomas. ” Never give up on your family.”

If you have information linked to Little’s confessions, you should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at

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