Special Case File
The Boston Strangler Suspect
"It'll all come out. You'll find out."
During the early 1960’s a mad strangler was on the loose in Boston, Massachusetts, and this sexual maniac would ultimately claim the lives of thirteen women. Beginning in June 1962, the killer committed his first murder when a woman was found sexually assaulted and strangled in her third floor apartment. It would be the first of many attributed to an unknown phantom killer, known by various nicknames, but who would forever become known to history as the Boston Strangler. In November 1964, police made an arrest after a woman was sexually assaulted in her home. His name was Albert DeSalvo, an Army vet who had previously been arrested for a series of odd sex offences in the years preceding the Strangler crimes, and was released from prison just before they began. He readily admitted to being the Connecticut “Green Man”, and also confessed to having committed the murders attributed to the Boston Strangler. However, there were many doubts at the time about his guilt, and it is generally believed that he confessed to the crimes in order to receive the reward money. In July 2013, DNA evidence tied DeSalvo to the last murder committed by the Strangler, but doubt remains over whether he was a serial killer or just an opportunistic rapist who was responsible for only one murder.