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Thursday, July 11, 2013

"50 Years Later, a Break in a Boston Strangler Case"

From The New York Times:

BOSTON — Boston police said Thursday that they had linked DNA from the man believed to have been the Boston Strangler to seminal fluid found in the home of a 19-year-old woman who has long been thought to have been his final murder victim nearly 50 years ago.

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[T]he authorities announced that they had recently tested seminal fluid that had been found at the scene of the murder of Mary Sullivan, who was sexually assaulted and strangled to death in January 1964, and had found a near certain match with Albert DeSalvo, the man who confessed to the Boston Strangler murders but was never convicted of the crimes.

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The DNA samples taken from Ms. Sullivan’s body and a blanket in her Charles Street home, which the authorities have saved for nearly five decades, match DNA collected from a water bottle used recently by a nephew of Mr. DeSalvo, the authorities said. A Superior Court judge has granted permission to exhume Mr. DeSalvo’s body to determine a more conclusive link. The exhumation could occur as soon as this week.

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