Thursday 30 October 2014

'No doubt' on Strangler victim link

Published 19/07/2013 | 17:13

Authorities exhumed Albert DeSalvo's body to confirm a forensic link to a Boston Strangler case (AP)

DNA tests have confirmed that the man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler killed the woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim and was likely responsible for the deaths of the other victims, authorities said.

Albert DeSalvo admitted to killing Mary Sullivan and 10 other women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964 but later recanted. He was later killed in prison.

The DNA finding "leaves no doubt that Albert DeSalvo was responsible for the brutal murder of Mary Sullivan" and it was "most likely" that he also was the Boston Strangler, said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

"It's a great day. This is now full justice for my aunt, Mary Sullivan," said her nephew, Casey Sherman.

A lawyer for DeSalvo's family has said even a perfect DNA match would not mean he killed Sullivan. She was 19 when she died in January 1964, a few days after she moved from Cape Cod to Boston.

Eleven Boston-area women between the ages of 19 and 85 were sexually assaulted and killed between 1962 and 1964, crimes that terrorised the region and grabbed national headlines.

Law enforcement officials disagree about whether the same person killed all the women whose deaths were connected to the Strangler.

Mr Sherman had once joined with the DeSalvo family in believing that Albert DeSalvo was not his aunt's killer.

He said on Friday that he thinks there will always be unanswered questions related to the Strangler case, but when it comes to his loved one's killing, his family finally has a sense of closure.

"He's the killer of my aunt, which is all this has been about for me," Mr Sherman said.

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