The body of Albert DeSalvo, known to many as the "Boston Strangler," will be exhumed from a Peabody cemetery today.
The developments come after DeSalvo's DNA has been linked to the last of the Strangler's victims for the first time. Mary Sullivan was killed in her Beacon Hill apartment in 1964, just 4 days after moving to Boston from Cape Cod. It was long debated whether her death was at the hands of DeSalvo.
According to WBZ, Police secretly followed DeSalvo’s nephew to take DNA from his discarded water bottle to help make the connection, officials said. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley told WBZ that the match excludes 99.9 percent of suspects, and he expects investigators to find an exact match when the evidence is compared directly with DeSalvo’s DNA.
While some disputed it, many law enforcement officials have long believed DeSalvo was in fact the Strangler. He confessed to the murders in prison, but later recanted his claims. And without solid DNA evidence, proving the fact has been a challenge.
Now, the links in DNA can bring closure to those who defended their assertions.
"Funny thing happened when Albert went to jail: Old ladies stopped dying," John DiNatale told WCVB. John is the son of detective Phil DiNatale, who believed DeSalvo was definitely the murderer.
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