Little had served fewer than 10 years in prison, though he had amassed nearly arrests in numerous states over more than 50 years.
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The charges included kidnapping, rape and armed robbery. Silverman and others say the killings were sexually motivated, but she also said that Mr. Little takes offense at being called a rapist. He says erectile problems make that impossible. But he is believed to have raped some of his victims, and Mr. Silverman said.
During his interrogation of Mr. Little in October, Sgt. Michael Mongeluzzo, a detective in Marion County, Fla. Little has confessed to killing year-old Rosie Hill in — said he had been astonished by Mr. Little, detectives say, is a charismatic psychopath who would brutally beat his victims before strangling them.
A former boxer, he punched with such force that when he struck one of his victims in the abdomen he broke her spine, according to the autopsy report. Sergeant Mongeluzzo said he had wondered aloud during the interrogation how Mr. Little had managed to avoid arrest for so long. Little, he said, had an answer.
Little said, according to Sergeant Mongeluzzo, describing neighborhoods around the nation where poverty, drug addiction and unsolved murders are common.
He was raised mostly by one of his grandmothers in Ohio. In Opelousas, La. In January , the naked body of Melissa Thomas, 24, the cousin of Mr.
He said he always suspected the killer had been an outsider because no one in the tightknit town had any information. Last month, Chief Thompson got a call from Texas that Mr. Little has confessed to killing year-old Rosie Hill in — said he had been astonished by Mr. Little, detectives say, is a charismatic psychopath who would brutally beat his victims before strangling them. A former boxer, he punched with such force that when he struck one of his victims in the abdomen he broke her spine, according to the autopsy report.
Sergeant Mongeluzzo said he had wondered aloud during the interrogation how Mr. Little had managed to avoid arrest for so long. Little, he said, had an answer.
Little said, according to Sergeant Mongeluzzo, describing neighborhoods around the nation where poverty, drug addiction and unsolved murders are common. He was raised mostly by one of his grandmothers in Ohio. In Opelousas, La.
In January , the naked body of Melissa Thomas, 24, the cousin of Mr. He said he always suspected the killer had been an outsider because no one in the tightknit town had any information. Last month, Chief Thompson got a call from Texas that Mr. Little had confessed to the murder, and he sent one of his detectives, Sgt. Crystal LeBlanc. Over two hours, Sergeant LeBlanc found that Mr.
Little told Sergeant LeBlanc that he met Ms. Thomas on a street and they drove to the cemetery to use drugs. He said when they moved into the back seat to have sex, he began to stroke her neck and Ms. Thomas became alarmed. Are you a serial killer? Little said he became so enraged that he strangled her to death, according to Sergeant LeBlanc.
Toward the end of the interview, Sergeant LeBlanc said she asked about Mr. She was reportedly burned alive and later died of her wounds. What they saw was a story about a Christian — an ethnically Igbo Christian — displaying contempt for Islam, the predominant faith of Hausa-speaking Nigerians. It is the kind of story that, in a region already torn by ethnic and religious violence, can have dangerous consequences. Facebook immediately removed the post, saying that it violated its policy on violence and graphic content. But a quick search of Facebook the following day revealed the same distressing film in other posts, still circulating and still accompanied by the false claim that it showed a massacre in Nigeria.
Since it was first uploaded to Facebook in , the video has been used to whip up fear all over the continent. One user claimed it showed an attack in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Another said it showed a Boko Haram atrocity in northern Cameroon. Plateau is where the Gashish massacres happened back in June, and where Ali lost his life in the reprisal attacks that followed. Matthias has a team of 10 officers monitoring the platform for false information, he said, split between his personal office and a separate communications department. Matthias recalled a recent incident in which someone called the police, alarmed by a Facebook post saying that men were on their way to attack his village.
Vehicles loaded with officers were deployed to the village, where they waited for two days before concluding that the post was false. Then we discover it's fake.
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It wears us down. Villages in Plateau are under constant attack. So when we get this information, we take it seriously. At times of crisis they even use their personal accounts to quash the rumours, and they call on community leaders to do the same. But the sheer volume of misinformation circulating in Plateau State is overwhelming their efforts to counteract it. In addition to the roadblock attacks that cost Ali his life, Matthias can cite more than a dozen incidents when he believes false information on Facebook played a role in inciting murder, assault or civil unrest: a riot which damaged government property in late June ; a stampede in the streets of Jos following false claims of an attack; the killing of two Igbo men by a mob in September We pray Facebook shall listen to us and do something fast.
Between September and October, they debunked seven false stories on Facebook. In addition to monitoring the platform, they hold regular meetings with local imams, pastors and politicians to raise awareness of the threat.
You have to spend a lot of effort to let people know that it is false. It has set a lot of communities backward. Umar witnessed the aftermath of the massacre in Gashish in June. He also recalled a similar incident that occurred last year, when Igbo and Hausa men clashed following the spread of images purporting to show an attack in the east of the country.
In , the Nigerian government announced a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the problem. According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, more than million people now use the internet in the country — triple the number of users in Millions more are expected to go online over the next few years, and Facebook is doing its part to help Nigerians connect. The service gave users access to 80 pre-selected websites without having to pay for data. Among those sites was Facebook. For millions of young people in Nigeria, the platform has become an integral part of everyday life.
But Denis and Pam, like many Facebook users we spoke to, admitted that they had no idea how to report the upsetting or frightening images that appeared on their phones. They belong to the Berom ethnic minority group and often see posts that vilify their people.