Boston Strangler case takes a new twist: DNA


Associated Press

Associated Press

The 50 year-old Boston Strangler case took on a new, dare I say, twist this week when DNA from alleged strangler Albert DeSalvo’s nephew matched that of Mary Sullivan, the last of his victims. During the early 1960s eleven women were strangled, many of them were also sexually assaulted. The perpetrator came to be known as the Boston Strangler.

During the early 1960s eleven women were strangled, many of them were also sexually assaulted

DeSalvo confessed to the 11 murders as well as two others, but was never convicted of them. He was already serving a life sentence for other offenses. While in prison he spoke with a fellow inmate about details of the murders that only the murderer would know. This man brought the information to the attention of his lawyer, F. Lee Bailey who informed police. Ironically Bailey would eventually represent DeSalvo.

Police obtained a DNA sample from a water bottle used by DeSalvo’s nephew, much to the chagrin of the DeSalvo family, who took offense at their relative being stalked by police to obtain the sample

DeSalvo was himself murdered in prison in 1973 however he had already recanted his confession.

Police obtained a DNA sample from a water bottle used by DeSalvo’s nephew, much to the chagrin of the DeSalvo family, who took offense at their relative being stalked by police to obtain the sample.

Now an exhumation of DeSalvo’s body will take place and a full set of DNA tests will be undertaken. There seems to be little doubt about a match being found that will prove, at least 99.99%, that DeSalvo murdered Mary Sullivan. From which one can draw the conclusion he also killed the others. Seems his original confession was true.

Will CNN set up at the site of exhumation as the do when yet another Jimmy Hoffa dig takes place? Will television analysts dissect the dissection?

MarySullivan

Mary Sullivan

While this is the stuff of mystery novels I have to wonder what sort of media coverage it will garner. Will CNN set up at the site of exhumation as the do when yet another Jimmy Hoffa dig takes place? Will television analysts dissect the dissection?

I hope they consult the relatives of the victims before undertaking this step

If or when the results come back and DeSalvo is proven to have killed the women how will the relatives of the family react? Is it important to them after all this time? Or would they rather not have the whole grizzly incident dredged-up 50 years later?

I hope they consult the relatives of the victims before undertaking this step.

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