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.
(Edward Jenner/Globe file photo)
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 Stranglers murder spree, authorities said.
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.
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)
Crime & Punishment
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.
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.