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Daughter of Boston Strangler investigator says father would have been cheered by new developments

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A daughter of the detective who led a task force on the Boston Strangler case when it terrorized the region in the 1960s said he would have been thrilled to see the new developments that may finally prove that Albert DeSalvo was responsible for at least one of the killings.

“He would be dancing in the streets right now,” Jeanne Elliott, 64, said of her father, Andrew J. Tuney Jr., who died in October at the age of 89 and will be laid to rest Saturday in Stoneham, one day after officials exhumed DeSalvo’s remains.

The Atkinson, N.H., resident said her father, a former State Police lieutenant detective who led a team established by Attorney General Edward W. Brooke to track down the Strangler, believed that DeSalvo was their man, because he knew so many details about the killings that were not released to the public.

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