The Boston Strangler Serial Killer

886 words - 4 pages

The Boston Strangler was probably the most notorious
criminal that Boston, Massachusetts has ever known. But
who was the Boston Strangler? Was he Albert DeSalvo,
the person who confessed and went to jail for these
crimes? Is he someone that took his secret to the grave and
let an innocent man take the blame for his crime? Or is he
still walking the streets of Boston, or even the streets of
another city? We may never know for sure because based
on all the evidence I've read, in my opinion Albert DeSalvo
was not the famed Boston Strangler. The Boston Strangler
wreaked havoc on the city from June 1962 until January
1964. He claimed the lives of thirteen women, ages ranging
from 85 years old to ...view middle of the document...

The final murder occurred on January 4th 1964. The victim
was Mary Sullivan. She was the youngest of the strangler's
victims. Susan Kelly in The Boston Stranglers: The Public
Conviction of Albert DeSalvo and the True Story of Eleven
Shocking Murders makes a persuasive argument for
DeSalvo being innocent of the strangling murders. She cites
a number of reasons why she and others still believed that
DeSalvo was innocent. One of the strongest of these
reasons is that there was "not one shred of physical
evidence that connected him to any of the murders." Nor
could any eyewitness place him at or even near any of the
crime scenes. Albert had a relatively memorable face,
particularly because of his prominent, beak-like nose. The
Strangler (or Stranglers, since some experts believe that it
had to be at least two different murderers and possibly
more) was seen by a number of eyewitnesses. One was
Kenneth Rowe, the engineering student who lived on the
floor above Joann Graff’s apartment. He spoke to the
stranger who was looking for her apartment just before she
was killed. When Rowe was shown a photo of Albert
DeSalvo, he did not recognize him as the man looking for
Joann. Another point to make is serial killers tend to follow
a pattern. The Boston strangler did not. He chose woman
of all different ages and backgrounds, which leads me to
believe that it was more than one person committing these
crimes. No one can know for sure why DeSalvo would
confess...

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