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    A picture from Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s 1976-77 yearbook shows then-seventh grader Karleen Jones, who was murdered on Nov. 23, 1978. Her case went cold until convicted murderer Samuel Little confessed in 2018 to Jones’s murder along with more than
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    A sketch of Karleen Jones by Samuel Little, the man who confessed to her murder along with more than 90 others between 1970-2005, including several in New Orleans and Houma. Little provided law enforcement with sketches drawn from memory of women he confe
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    Samuel Little

1978 murder in Jesuit Bend tied to roving serial killer

A teenage girl murdered in Jesuit Bend in 1978 was likely killed by one of the busiest serial killers in American history.

Karleen Jones, known affectionately as Muttie to friends and family, was in the eighth grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help when she disappeared on Nov. 23, 1978. Her body was discovered the next day near the levee by the intersection of Highways 23 and

11. She had been strangled. And although it received little to no media coverage at the time, her death shook the community.

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