DNA Links Longtime Boston Strangler Suspect to Victim
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts prosecutor says advances in DNA technology have allowed investigators to link longtime suspect Albert DeSalvo to the last of the 1960s slayings attributed to the Boston Strangler.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley says the DNA produced a “familial match” with DeSalvo.
His remains are being exhumed and Conley says he expects an exact match.
Nineteen-year-old Mary Sullivan was found strangled in her Boston apartment in January 1964.
She was the last of 11 women whose deaths were attributed to the Boston Strangler and the only victim for which DNA evidence is available.
DeSalvo confessed to the killings but was never convicted.
He died in 1973.
DeSalvo’s family says they are outraged police secretly followed his nephew to collect DNA for new tests.
Attorney Elaine Sharp says DeSalvo’s family also believes there’s still reasonable doubt he killed the Strangler’s last supposed victim, even if additional DNA tests show a 100 percent match.
Sharp says private tests show other male DNA was present that didn’t match DeSalvo.