Behold the Monster
New York Times best-selling author Jillian Lauren’s personal, haunting account of confronting serial killer Samuel Little and her determination to lift up the voices of his victims for the first time.
Jillian Lauren had no idea what she was getting into when she asked LAPD Homicide Detective Mitzi Roberts about the case of which she was most proud. It was when she put Samuel Little, the now 79-year-old serial killer, behind bars for killing three women in Los Angeles. In fact, Little had murdered approximately 90 women over six decades, but many were cold cases and Mitzi didn’t have enough evidence (or jurisdiction) to prove it.
After doing more digging, Lauren, the New York Times best-selling author of two memoirs and a novel, was obsessed. Following months of exchanging letters with Little, Lauren finally got a face-to-face meeting. In the hundreds of hours of interviews that followed, Little confessed to dozens of murders for the first time. Lauren knew this harrowing journey was taking its toll, both psychologically and legally – but still, she couldn’t stop.
Little gave Lauren a powerful and terrifying window into the psyche of a serial killer, and as she delved deeper, she realized she needed a way to survive these encounters. To balance out his darkness, she would illuminate the lives of the women he killed, making sure they would be remembered as more than mere props in the drama of his life. She excavated their lives – visiting their hometowns, talking to their families, investigating all they left behind.
Harrowing, insightful, and extraordinarily adept at giving Little’s victims a chance to have their stories heard for the first time – including those of the four who survived – this is a truly unforgettable listen.