Breakthrough Evidence In Boston Strangler Case

A March 1973 photo of self-confessed Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo. He was found dead in his prison cell in Walpole, Mass. in November 1973. (AP Photo)

A March 1973 photo of self-confessed Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo. (AP Photo)

One of the most notorious unsolved criminal cases in Boston’s history could finally be solved.

During the 1960s, the Boston Strangler, a serial killer, allegedly raped and murdered at least 11 women — and terrorized the city.¬†Albert DeSalvo, who was in prison for other crimes, confessed to the murders — but he was never charged. Then he was killed in prison.

Now, after a half a century, law enforcement officials in Boston say they have DNA evidence linking DeSalvo to the last murder attributed to the Boston Strangler.¬†DeSalvo’s body will be exhumed so investigators can try to confirm that he raped and murdered 19-year-old Mary Sullivan in her Beacon Hill apartment in 1964.


Bruce Gellerman, WBUR reporter

Myles David Jewell, director of film “Stranglehold: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler”, and grandson of Phil DiNatale, the lead detective on the Boston Strangler case

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