Serial killer indicted for Chatham Co. murder decades later

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Updated: Dec. 18, 2019 at 5:55 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A notorious serial killer, who admitted to taking the lives of two women in the 1970′s and 80′s in Chatham County, was indicted for murder by a Chatham County grand jury on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Samuel Little has admitted to nearly 100 murders across the United States in recent years, spanning decades.

One victim, Frances Campbell, was murdered sometime in 1984. Her body not discovered until 1985 in the Tremont Park area of Savannah.

Following the indictment Wednesday, Campbell's family - a younger sister and her husband – shared what it meant to get this news so many years later.

Williams describes her sister as well-rounded, having a big smile and that there wasn’t a day that went by over the past three and a half decades that she didn’t think about Campbell.

“She was missing for a whole year, and I was six months pregnant with my daughter at the time. And I named my daughter after her," she said.

Williams and her husband reflected on getting the news that Little had admitted to killing her sister all these years later.

"It’s bittersweet. It was the not knowing, and now that we know, it makes a big difference. And I wish my parents were alive to see it. And that’s why I really felt like I had to speak on it, on behalf of them,” Williams said.

This year some information was given by Little, who's currently locked up in Texas, that he strangled a woman on a pile of construction material and left her body behind.

Savannah Police Detective Robert Santoro took the lead on the case, and through his work, it was determined the woman was Frances Campbell.

"At that point, Sergeant Santoro reached out to Mr. and Mrs. Williams from the obituary of Frances Campbell to find out if there was anyone here,” Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap.

Even though Little's victims have been identified through drawings he's done in prison, this is how Williams remembers Frances, and has this message for her sister.

"I miss her, but you won at the end. He didn’t win,” Williams said.

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