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The Boston Strangler

The Boston Strangler first struck on June 14, 1962 and the panic that gripped the city lasted until after the last victim died on Jan. 4, 1964. The fear led to a run on door locks and other security measures, and many women stopped venturing out at night and feared staying alone. Thirteen women were murdered and no one was ever convicted of the crimes.
In this Sept. 3, 1962, file photo, Boston police detectives worked through the night trying to solve the Strangler case. (Edward Jenner/Globe file photo) In this Sept. 3, 1962, file photo, Boston police detectives worked through the night trying to solve the Strangler case.

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DNA links DeSalvo to Strangler death

DNA links DeSalvo to Strangler death

A definitive DNA match has been made from the remains of Albert DeSalvo, the confessed Boston Strangler, to crime scene evidence from a 1964 slaying that was part of the Strangler’s murder spree, authorities said.
Casey Sherman: 49 years to justice

Casey Sherman: 49 years to justice

My aunt, Mary Sullivan, should be enjoying her grandchildren today and reflecting on a life well lived. Instead, she is frozen in time in 1964 when she was just 19 years old. Her life was stolen by a killer so vicious, so sadistic – that he left a Happy New Year card placed by her left foot.

50 years later, Boston Strangler case still captures fascination

It all started with a sentence at the bottom of the Globe's front page a half century ago about Anna Slesers, a divorcee who had been found dead in her apartment. It took months before the killer was given the moniker that prompted terror around the region and captivates people still: “the Boston Strangler.” (Boston Globe)
Where were you during the Boston Strangler case?
Crime & Punishment

Where were you during the Boston Strangler case?

Today's 50th anniversary of the first Boston Strangler attack, when 55-year-old Anna Slesers was found dead inside her apartment, should bring back, for those of us who were living here then, some distressing recollections of the panic that enveloped the city and the suburbs for years to come, criminologist James Alan Fox writes.
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Share your memories of the case

What do you remember about the Boston Strangler case? Share your memories of the case and what life was like in the city at that time.
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