The only definitive book on this sensational crime, now newly updated, the boston stranglers investigates albert desalvos confession to the eleven brutal. The silk stocking murders is another epithet given to the same series of crimes. Albert desalvo is boston strangler the boston globe. One thing for sure the killings stopped when he was caught. 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.
It was directed by richard fleischer and stars tony curtis as albert desalvo, the strangler, and henry fonda as john s. Gerold frank the boston strangler signet books t3230 published 1967 cover artist. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids. It is speculated that the two worked out a deal to split reward money if one of them confessed to being the boston strangler. Though albert desalvo confessed to the murders, many experts and investigators have doubts about his involvement in the crimes. However, his murder confession has been disputed, and debate continues as to which crimes he actually.
There are those who feel desalvo was unfairly tagged the boston strangler, because he loved attention and confessed to it. This book gives a frightening and touching account of boston in the 60s and the strangler s unwitting victims. Thirteen women were murdered, most of them sexually assaulted and strangled. The mad strangler of boston eleven women have been murdered by strangulation in metropolitan boston since the summer of 1962, and none of these. Anyone who reads gerold franks the boston strangler cannot help but come to the conclusion that desalvo was the right man. 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. 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. After nearly 50 years, no one has ever been charged as the boston strangler. The boston strangler by frank gerold abebooks passion for books. Since then, parties investigating the crimes have suggested that the murders sometimes referred to as.
Boston strangler, american serial killer who murdered at least 11 women in the boston area between 1962 and 1964. The story is fascinating and the authors writing style is very engaging. 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. 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. 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 events described in franks book have been altered considerably in the film. The author frequently references books by gerald frank and f.
Albert desalvo was born september 3, 1931 in chelsea, massachusetts, and was murdered in prison on november 25, 1973 in walpole, massachusetts. He starts by describing the victims, what happened to them, possible suspects, and the first half of the book reads very well. Over an 18month period from 1962 to 1964, the city of boston was terrorized by a serial killer, the infamous boston strangler. Albert desalvo was said to have committed the crimes once he confessed to the killings during a different case in court. 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.
Although he confessed he was never charged or tried for any of the murders and doubt still hangs over his guilt. The boston strangler and millions of other books are available for instant access. 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. The atlantic may 1964 the mad strangler of boston gardner. 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, presently imprisoned in walpole, mass. The definitive account of a serial killers rampageand the manhunt that stopped him. Genetic evidence from the exhumation of mary sullivan david r foran, phd forensic science program, school. The boston strangler by gerold frank and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Bottomly, the chief detective who came to fame for obtaining desalvos confession. During world war ii, frank was a war correspondent in the middle east. 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. Boston strangler american serial killer britannica. Grave of the boston strangler peabody, massachusetts. It was widely believed that desalvo was imprisoned for a series of the rapes. See more ideas about albert desalvo, serial killers and 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. The boston strangler kindle edition by frank, gerold. Susan kelly, author of the book the boston stranglers 1996, drew from the files of the commonwealth of massachusetts strangler bureau. The film was made in 1968 but it shows no signs of aging. If you like true crime or need this case for a college criminal justice courselook no. 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. 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 by gerold frank, paperback barnes.
After learning his background and life history, i came to the conclusion that the social control theory best explains his behavior. 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. The boston strangler is the name given to the murderer, or group of murderers, of many females in boston, massachusetts in the early 60s. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the boston strangler. Albert desalvo, never a suspectintheslayings,confessedinprisonwherehe was later murdered to being the boston strangler, and the investigation largely ended. Albert henry desalvo september 3, 1931 november 25, 1973 was a criminal in boston, massachusetts who confessed to being the boston strangler, the. 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. 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. Jul 27, 2016 gerold franks book is an indepth investigation of the murders. The wellknown sobriquet is a misnomer for all sorts of reasons. The story is often told in split screen, or better yet, multiscreen. Discover grave of the boston strangler in peabody, massachusetts. This is the book that holds the truth of the boston strangler.
With a good amazon book deal, you can grab this for a few pounds and its well worth. Boston strangler case solved 50 years later abc news. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon. The boston strangler book by gerold frank thriftbooks. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the strangler as a character. 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. The public conviction of albert desalvo and the true story of eleven shocking murders. 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.
This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. He was a pioneer of the contemporary literary form of the astoldto celebrity biography. In 1951 strangling cases would begin in maine, spread to boston, then west. 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. First off, i knew nothing about the boston strangler.
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. A 1962 edition of the boston herald opened one of its articles by saying, a mad strangler is loose in boston. The boston strangler operated in the boston area during a twoyear span in the early 1960s. This film has ended, but the responsibility for the early recognition and treatment of the violent among us has yet to begin.
Gerold franks book is an indepth investigation of the murders. 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. Boston strangler case solved after 50 years authorities say dna found on the last victims body is a 99. 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. Thirteen women were sexually assaulted and strangled and no prime suspects had emerged. 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. Gerold franks novel the boston strangler is engrossing, compulsive, and superb. New york times bestseller and winner of the edgar award. Signet books t3230 gerold frank the boston strangler true. Documentary uncovers detectives persistence in boston. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. 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.
Grave of the man supposedly responsible for a series of infamous murders in boston. But in 1964, albert desalvo confessed to the brutal killings of. The boston strangler, by gerold frank follow this and additional works at. It quickly became a bestseller and was no surprise when 20th century fox bought the. 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.
The history and mystery of the notorious crime spree zed simpson, charles. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Albert desalvo anna slesers apartment arnold attorney back bay bailey barnett bathroom began beverly samans boston strangler boston. He says desalvo was killed after he told his psychiatrist he was going to tell the truth. 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. The boston stranglers by susan kelly fantastic fiction. Jul 11, 20 boston strangler case solved after 50 years authorities say dna found on the last victims body is a 99. 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. 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. The boston strangler is the name given to the murderer of women in the boston. 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. However, the book was written in 1966, but the story of the boston strangler doesnt end there.
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. The reason albert desalvo was never tried for the stranglings was due principally to the skillful maneuvering of his attorney, f. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of. 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. Not many people believed his confession and were in shock after hearing it. Prior to the popularization of the boston strangler label in 1963, the culprit was also known as the phantom fiend or phantom strangler. Through desalvos ability to describe the murders in accurate detail, bailey believed that desalvo was in fact the strangler. This theory makes the most sense because desalvo had a tough up bringing.
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. 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. Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. The terror began in 1962 with the murder of ann seesler. The boston strangler concludes with the following disclaimer. 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 1964.980 615 692 349 391 528 1386 678 454 1175 595 1018 878 921 586 805 1287 310 348 920 216 1107 1261 1389 17 1026 113 709 96 1460 1076 115 359