Boston Strangler Alberto DeSalvo’s Body Exhumed Following DNA Revelation
Alberto DeSalvo, the confessed Boston Strangler, was finally linked to one of the 11 murders he had claimed responsibility for in the 60s this week. On Friday, DeSalvo’s remains were removed from the Puritan Memorial Park in Peabody, Mass., so that investigators can compile more DNA material.
When Boston Police crime lab leader Donald Hayes submitted DNA evidence from the murder scene of Mary Sullivan – DeSalvo's last victim – they were able to link it to DeSalvo through his nephew, reported the Boston Globe. In order to confirm DeSalvo’s presence at the scene, law enforcement needs a DNA sample directly from him. At the state medical examiner's laboratory in Boston, they will test bone marrow taken from DeSalvo's remains.
DeSalvo confessed to committing the 11 murders between 1962 and 1964. The victims, all women, were between the ages of 19 and 75 and lived in various towns in the Greater Boston area. DeSalva raped and then strangled most of his victims with their own stocks or cords. His infamous killing spree lasted a total of 19 months. Though DeSalvo confessed to the murders, doubt has remained as to his guilt since no conclusive evidence was ever discovered.
DeSalvo was murdered in 1973 while serving time at the Walpole state prison.