He says desalvo was killed after he told his psychiatrist he was going to tell the truth. The boston strangler was a big best seller, and it appears that all best sellers get sold to the movies these days, even ones like sex and the single girl which dont have stories or characters, only marketable titles. Grave of the boston strangler peabody, massachusetts. The boston strangler was one of the united states most notorious serial killers, raping and strangling with decorative ligatures thirteen woman in boston during the early 1960s. But in 1964, albert desalvo confessed to the brutal killings of. The mad strangler of boston eleven women have been murdered by strangulation in metropolitan boston since the summer of 1962, and none of these cases has been solved as this issue goes to press. The reason albert desalvo was never tried for the stranglings was due principally to the skillful maneuvering of his attorney, f. This is the book that holds the truth of the boston strangler. This book gives a frightening and touching account of boston in the 60s and the strangler s unwitting victims.
Discover grave of the boston strangler in peabody, massachusetts. Albert henry desalvo september 3, 1931 november 25, 1973 was a criminal in boston, massachusetts who confessed to being the boston strangler, the. Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. It quickly became a bestseller and was no surprise when 20th century fox bought the. Boston strangler case solved 50 years later abc news. I always wanted to know more about the boston strangler, having read about him in other true crime accounts, but never getting the full picture. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Boston strangler american serial killer britannica. He was a pioneer of the contemporary literary form of the astoldto celebrity biography. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids. One thing for sure the killings stopped when he was caught. The boston strangler is a 1968 american neonoir film loosely based on the true story of the boston strangler and the book by gerold frank.
The terror began in 1962 with the murder of ann seesler. The strangling of fiftyfive year old anna slesers in june, 1962, set off a chain of events that kept boston terrified and the rest of the. Through desalvos ability to describe the murders in accurate detail, bailey believed that desalvo was in fact the strangler. The boston strangler is the name given to the murderer of women in the boston, massachusetts area during the early 1960s. Casey sherman, the nephew of the boston stranglers last victim, 19yearold mary sullivan, believes desalvo confessed to the murders because it would lead to a lucrative book and film deal. Gerold franks book is an indepth investigation of the murders. A 1962 edition of the boston herald opened one of its articles by saying, a mad strangler is loose in boston. Signet books t3230 gerold frank the boston strangler true. He won two edgar awards for best fact crime, for his books the deed and the boston strangler, the latter of which was adapted into a film starring tony curtis.
This film has ended, but the responsibility for the early recognition and treatment of the violent among us has yet to begin. During world war ii, frank was a war correspondent in the middle east. Gerold franks novel the boston strangler is engrossing, compulsive, and superb. But there are people who have an interest in casting doubt on the facts. The definitive account of a serial killers rampageand the manhunt that stopped him. With a good amazon book deal, you can grab this for a few pounds and its well worth. Bailey did not state directly that his client was the boston strangler, but he said the homicides took place after desalvo was released from the. See more ideas about albert desalvo, serial killers and boston. Thirteen women were murdered, most of them sexually assaulted and strangled. Jul 11, 20 the filmmaker myles david jewell described the boston strangler case that was investigated by his grandfather, a boston police detective, in the early 1960s. The mad strangler of boston eleven women have been murdered by strangulation in metropolitan boston since the summer of 1962, and none of these. The film was made in 1968 but it shows no signs of aging.
The boston strangler speaks creepily down the decades about human wickedness, police failure, human frailty and sin, and all sorts of under the rug goings on, in that pivotal era of the early 60s. The boston strangler by frank gerold abebooks passion for books. Jul 11, 20 boston strangler case solved after 50 years authorities say dna found on the last victims body is a 99. Since then, parties investigating the crimes have suggested that the murders. The story is fascinating and the authors writing style is very engaging. After learning his background and life history, i came to the conclusion that the social control theory best explains his behavior.
However, the book was written in 1966, but the story of the boston strangler doesnt end there. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of. The boston strangler concludes with the following disclaimer. Gerold franks nonfiction book on the subject, the boston strangler was a painstakingly researched and comprehensive account of the case, depicting the many dead ends and frustrated attempts by the police to capture the killer. Gerold frank the boston strangler signet books t3230 published 1967 cover artist.
The boston strangler 1968 between june 1962 and january 1964, boston became the focus of the national news media due to a serial killer on the loose known as the boston strangler. In 1964, as the boston strangler killings of young nurses in boston remained unsolved, this film was rushed into release to exploit the horrifying situation. The crimes were attributed to albert desalvo based on his confession, details revealed in court during a separate case, and dna evidence linking him to the last victim. This theory makes the most sense because desalvo had a tough up bringing. He starts by describing the victims, what happened to them, possible suspects, and the first half of the book reads very well. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. The boston strangler kindle edition by frank, gerold. The boston stranglers by susan kelly fantastic fiction. Over an 18month period from 1962 to 1964, the city of boston was terrorized by a serial killer, the infamous boston strangler.
His crimes were the subject of numerous books and a film, though the exact number of victimsas well as his identityproved a matter of controversy. The public conviction of albert desalvo and the true story of eleven shocking murders. Jul 27, 2016 gerold franks book is an indepth investigation of the murders. With this new book i intend to investigate all of those that occurred in maine during this time and show their close association with the first phase of the boston strangler killings. The boston strangler and millions of other books are available for instant access. Perhaps taking its cue from the success of richard brooks true crime drama in cold blood 1967, richard fleischers the boston strangler is a dignified, unsensational account of albert desalvos notorious crimes and the. The silk stocking murders is another epithet given to the same series of crimes. Prior to the popularization of the boston strangler label in 1963, the culprit was also known as the phantom fiend or phantom strangler. After all the movies that he has done this one shown his acting chops and basically established himself as one of the most distinguish actors in hollywood,but if you want to see tony curtis in a stunning performance as a serial killer,this is the movie to see and not to be missed. Though the language may be a little outdated in terms of talking about women living alone and people being gay well, it was the early 60s in america, gerold franks book still holds its own as the best book youll ever get on the fiendish boston strangler. Albert desalvo was said to have committed the crimes once he confessed to the killings during a different case in court. The history and mystery of the notorious crime spree zed simpson, charles. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering.
The wellknown sobriquet is a misnomer for all sorts of reasons. In a documentary film, the son and grandson of a boston police detective reveal details from his investigation of the 50yearold boston strangler murder case. The events described in franks book have been altered considerably in the film. Grave of the man supposedly responsible for a series of infamous murders in boston. Though albert desalvo confessed to the murders, many experts and investigators have doubts about his involvement in the crimes. Albert desalvo, presently imprisoned in walpole, mass. Albert desalvo is boston strangler the boston globe. The boston strangler by gerold frank, paperback barnes.
Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the boston strangler. However, his murder confession has been disputed, and debate continues as to which crimes he actually. Even when i first read this book as a teenager, something didnt sit right with albert desalvo being pegged as the killer. The boston strangler adopts the splitscreen technique then in vogue see also the thomas crown affair to relate the true story of selfconfessed mass murderer albert desalvo.
Since then, parties investigating the crimes have suggested that the murders sometimes referred to as. Albert desalvo anna slesers apartment arnold attorney back bay bailey barnett bathroom began beverly samans boston strangler boston. The cases are gruesome, so the book isnt for the squeamish or faint of heart, but it provides an interesting insight into the profile of a man. In july 20, the boston police department believed that they had discovered dna evidence linking albert desalvo to mary sullivan, who had been raped and strangled in 1964. Albert henry desalvo september 3, 1931 november 25, 1973 was a criminal in boston, massachusetts who confessed to being the boston strangler, the murderer of women in the boston area from 1962 to 1964. Albert desalvo was born september 3, 1931 in chelsea, massachusetts, and was murdered in prison on november 25, 1973 in walpole, massachusetts. Anyone who reads gerold franks the boston strangler cannot help but come to the conclusion that desalvo was the right man. I would have given it three and a half stars, its better than ok, but not as good as four star book. Bottomly, the chief detective who came to fame for obtaining desalvos confession. If you like true crime or need this case for a college criminal justice courselook no. It is speculated that the two worked out a deal to split reward money if one of them confessed to being the boston strangler. The only definitive book on this sensational crime, now newly updated, the boston stranglers investigates albert desalvos confession to the eleven brutal murders he didnt commit and exposes the real killers. Although he confessed he was never charged or tried for any of the murders and doubt still hangs over his guilt.
It was widely believed that desalvo was imprisoned for a series of the rapes. The boston strangler was an alleged serial killer in boston, massachusetts in the early between june 14, 1962, and january 4, 1964, when thirteen single women between the ages of 19 and 85 were murdered in the boston area. Not many people believed his confession and were in shock after hearing it. New york times bestseller and winner of the edgar award. I am a fan of classic fiction and philosophy, and rarely read crime, but this book seems to be about much, much more than a depraved serial killer. Casey sherman, the nephew of the boston strangler s last victim, 19yearold mary sullivan, believes desalvo confessed to the murders because it would lead to a lucrative book and film deal. This website is maintained by susan kelly, author of the boston stranglers, the gemini man, the summertime soldiers, trail of the dragon, until proven innocent, and soon ill come to kill you, and out of the darkness. Four years ago, myles david jewell, a 31yearold filmmaker, began combing through his late grandfathers old police files on the boston strangler case from the early 1960s. The boston strangler is the name given to the murderer, or group of murderers, of many females in boston, massachusetts in the early 60s. Albert desalvo, never a suspectintheslayings,confessedinprisonwherehe was later murdered to being the boston strangler, and the investigation largely ended. The atlantic may 1964 the mad strangler of boston gardner.
Documentary uncovers detectives persistence in boston. Thirteen women were sexually assaulted and strangled and no prime suspects had emerged. After nearly 50 years, no one has ever been charged as the boston strangler. Albert desalvo anna slesers apartment arnold attorney back bay bailey barnett bathroom began beverly samans boston strangler boston university bottomly bridgewater cambridge christopher christopher reid commonwealth avenue crimes david david parker death delaney detectives dinatale donovan door evelyn. Genetic evidence from the exhumation of mary sullivan david r foran, phd forensic science program, school. There are those who feel desalvo was unfairly tagged the boston strangler, because he loved attention and confessed to it. Susan kelly, author of the book the boston stranglers 1996, drew from the files of the commonwealth of massachusetts strangler bureau. After reading this book which is the second book ive read about the boston strangler, that albert was never the strangler and the true strangler was the one that gave albert the information to use in his confessions hoping to draw attention away from himself and also hoping maybe to get the reward money for saying albert was the strangler. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the strangler as a character. In 1951 strangling cases would begin in maine, spread to boston, then west. The boston strangler by gerold frank and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Boston strangler, american serial killer who murdered at least 11 women in the boston area between 1962 and 1964. It was directed by richard fleischer and stars tony curtis as albert desalvo, the strangler, and henry fonda as john s. May 23, 2016 prior to the popularization of the boston strangler label in 1963, the culprit was also known as the phantom fiend or phantom strangler.
The boston strangler is the name given to the murderer of women in the boston. Perhaps taking its cue from the success of richard brooks true crime drama in cold blood 1967, richard fleischers the boston strangler is a dignified, unsensational account of albert desalvos notorious crimes and the wideranging police investigation which led to his arrest. Boston strangler case solved after 50 years authorities say dna found on the last victims body is a 99. The only definitive book on this sensational crime, now newly updated, the boston stranglers investigates albert desalvos confession to the eleven brutal. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon.1274 965 373 97 627 1281 741 792 20 731 1421 298 346 590 790 414 1098 1314 437 112 219 1274 1268 1110 1476 1239 1087 828 835 887 1028 1041 1227 646 36 1305 695 1202