Jillian Lauren confronted serial killer Samuel Little, and fought to identify many of his unknown victims before his death in December 2020. As a true crime expert, Jillian continues to help victims’ families search for clues to bring their cases to a final close.
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Behold The Monster
A powerful and terrifying window into the psyche of a serial killer . . .
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 deceased 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.
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.
"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."
ON JILLIAN'S JOURNEY WITH SAM LITTLE
FROM EMMY®-WINNING FILMMAKER JOE BERLINGER & STARZ
Confronting A Serial Killer
As she slips deeper into Little’s sordid world, Jillian realizes
that she may become, psychologically, his last victim.
“Confronting a Serial Killer” is executive produced and directed by Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (The Paradise Lost Trilogy, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”) with Po Kutchins (“The Murder of Laci Peterson,” “Prison Town, USA,” “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth”) serving as showrunner and executive producer.
The five-episode series tells the timely story of the unprecedented relationship between acclaimed author and journalist Jillian Lauren and the most prolific serial killer in American history, Sam Little, and her race against time to identify his victims before it’s too late.
Through the perspectives of Lauren and several female investigators, survivors, and victims’ family members, “Confronting a Serial Killer” shines a light on systemic issues in the criminal justice system including bias against marginalized communities, particularly women of color, and those struggling with addiction, mental illness, and trauma. The docuseries is produced by Lionsgate Television, Third Eye Motion Picture Company and RadicalMedia.
Confronting A Serial Killer