The Boston Strangler is the pseudonym given to a serial killer active in
Although police were not convinced that all of these murders were the work of a single individual, the public assumed so.
Despite official efforts to solve the cases, it was the alleged Strangler himself who caused his own capture. On
Earlier that night, he had posed as a motorist with car trouble and attempted to enter a home in
Lingering doubts remain as to whether De Salvo was indeed the Boston Strangler. Even though nobody has ever officially been on trial as the Boston Strangler, the public believed that Albert DeSalvo, who confessed in detail to each of the eleven "official" Strangler murders, as well as two other murders, was the Strangler. However, at the time that DeSalvo confessed, most people who knew him personally did not believe him capable of the vicious crimes. A forensic investigation has cast doubts over whether Albert De Salvo actually was the infamous serial killer, and raised the possibility that the real murderer could still at large. DNA evidence found on one of the 11 women killed by the Boston Strangler does not match that of Albert DeSalvo, who had confessed to murdering the women.
James Starrs, professor of forensic science at
Why do serial killers kill? Who knows, I know that I have no idea other than that they are sick. I can not help but wonder why, if De Salvo was not really the Boston Strangler, why would he or anyone admit to being the villian? Did he think it could land him a movie or book deal? Did he think it could make him rich and famous? Who knows? One interesting fact I came across in looking into the Boston Strangler occurred in 1971, when Albert Henry De Salvo was commended by the Texas House of Representatives as being "officially recognized by the state of
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