New DNA evidence has connected deceased felon Alberto DeSalvo with Mary Sullivan, the last victim of the so-called ‘Boston Strangler’.
Samples taken from DeSalvo’s nephew provided a familial match.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley explained: “There was no forensic evidence to link Albert DeSalvo to Mary Sullivan’s murder until today. Advances in the sensitivity of DNA testing have allowed us to make a familial match between biological evidence recovered from the crime scene and the suspect in Mary Sullivan’s murder. That suspect is Albert DeSalvo.”
At one stage DeSalvo confessed to the Boston Strangler killings but was never convicted as he recanted his confession. He was sentenced to life in prison for a series of armed robberies and sexual assaults and was stabbed to death in a maximum security prison in 1973.
DeSalvo’s body will now be exhumed to confirm that he was the famous serial killer.
Eleven Boston-area women between the ages of 19 and 85 were sexually assaulted and killed between 1962 and 1964 in crimes that terrorised the region and made national headlines.
Sullivan, 19, was found strangled in her Boston apartment in January 1964.