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Confessed Boston Strangler is linked to a victim through DNA

Posted Jul 19, 2013 12:01 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The self-confessed Boston Strangler was never convicted in the deaths of 11 women, but investigators now have forensic proof that he committed one of the murders.

DNA links Albert DeSalvo to the 1964 murder of Mary Sullivan, authorities announced today. DeSalvo had confessed to the 11 murders attributed to the Boston Stranger, but he later recanted. Massachusetts officials say the findings mark the first time they were able to confirm his "culpability in any homicide." The news is reported by CNN, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) and the Boston Globe.

Investigators compared the DNA from seminal fluid found at the scene of Sullivan’s murder with DNA from DeSalvo’s exhumed body.

DeSalvo died in 1973 when he was stabbed by another inmate while serving time in prison on unrelated rape convictions.

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