Albert DeSalvo confessed to being the Boston Strangler in 1965 but later recanted. He was murdered in prison in 1973 while serving a life sentence for crimes unrelated to the Boston Strangler murders. In 2013, DNA evidence tied him to the murder of the Strangler’s last suspected victim, Mary Sullivan.
Although many consider it likely that DeSalvo was the Boston Strangler, others disagree.
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