Just days ago, authorities in Boston announced that they had produced a DNA match linking Albert DeSalvo, known as the Boston Strangler, to the murder of Mary Sullivan, who was strangled and raped back in 1964—the last of 11 killings DeSalvo had confessed to.
The news comes about 50 years after he was initially identified. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the results of the DNA test last week.
DeSalvo had confessed to being the Boston Strangler, but he was never charged and later withdrew his confession. But a newly discovered water bottle at the construction site where his nephew, Tim DeSalvo, worked gave police the evidence they needed to definitively link him to the murder of Mary Sullivan—the final woman killed and the only one of the murders where DNA evidence was left behind.
Philip Martin is an investigative reporter for our partner WGBH Boston Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest revelation.