A major development in the infamous Boston Strangler case happened today. The most well-known suspect in the killings, Albert DeSalvo, confessed to 13 murders in the 1960′s (DeSalvo was killed in prison in 1973). Despite DeSalvo’s confession, he was never charged because the confession was ruled inadmissible in court (some say after a lengthy negotiation between the prosecutors and defense). However, DeSalvo was sentenced to life in prison on unrelated charges involving armed robberies and sexual assaults.
Now, police say DNA evidence has put them in a position to “formally charge Albert DeSalvo with the murder of Mary Sullivan”, the 1964 murder that is generally believed to be the last Boston Strangler victim. DNA in that case had previously been tested ten years ago but test procedures were new and limited. Now, advancements in technology have led to the new developments.
Boston police made the stunning announcement today:
Now, some 50 years later, the miracle of science and DNA evidence has put law enforcement officers in a position to formally charge the Boston Strangler with the murder of Mary Sullivan.