The Boston Stranglers

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"This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism, and remarkable writing." —Robert B. Parker

An infamous murder spree. A monstrous hoax. The definitive book—updated with new evidence.

"DeSalvo Is the Strangler!" declared the headlines after handyman Albert DeSalvo confessed to eleven brutal rape/murders that terrorized Boston from 1962 to 1964. The repeat sex offender boasted he had raped an additional 2,000 women. His story became the subject of a bestselling book and major ...

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Overview

"This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism, and remarkable writing." —Robert B. Parker

An infamous murder spree. A monstrous hoax. The definitive book—updated with new evidence.

"DeSalvo Is the Strangler!" declared the headlines after handyman Albert DeSalvo confessed to eleven brutal rape/murders that terrorized Boston from 1962 to 1964. The repeat sex offender boasted he had raped an additional 2,000 women. His story became the subject of a bestselling book and major Hollywood movie. But DeSalvo was not The Boston Strangler.

Author Susan Kelly's detailed investigation shows us the true DeSalvo—a pathological liar whose hunger for celebrity drove him to false confessions—and indicates that the stranglings were committed by more than one killer. In an eye-opening update that explores stunning DNA findings, a shocking re-autopsy, and expert profiling evidence, she shows why this savage, unsolved case continues to fascinate and haunt us.

With 16 Pages Of Powerful Photos

"Taut with suspense. . .crackles like a bestselling novel." —Barry Reed, author of The Verdict

"Prodigious research." —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786032518
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 937,267
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Part 1
1. A Time of Terror 21
2. Police Under Fire 35
3. The State Takes Over 42
4. Psychiatrists and Psychics 51
Part 2
5. The Measuring Man 63
6. The Green Man 71
7. A Murder in the Suburbs 83
8. Enter George Nassar ... And F. Lee Bailey 88
9. The Cuckoo's Nest 96
10. Bailey Takes Action 101
11. Wheeling and Dealing 110
12. The Green Man Goes to Trial 124
Part 3
13. A Great Escape, a Musical Interlude, and More Wheeling and Dealing 140
14. Hooray for Hollywood 159
15. From Jet Plane Lawyer to Helicopter Lawyer 166
16. The Barnum and Bailey Circus 186
17. The Barnum and Bailey Circus, II 196
18. Endgame 208
Part 4
19. Grave Doubts 229
20. Origins of a Hoax 239
21. The Confessions of Albert DeSalvo 248
22. The Confessions of Albert DeSalvo, II 260
23. The Confessions of Albert DeSalvo, III 274
24. The Confessions of Albert DeSalvo, IV 290
Part 5
25. The Murders of Anna Slesers, Nina Nichols, Helen Blake, Margaret Davis, and Jane Sullivan 307
26. The Murder of Sophie Clark 333
27. The Murder of Patricia Bissette 341
28. The Murder of Patricia Bissette, II 351
29. The Murder of Patricia Bissette, III 365
30. The Murder of Beverly Samans 383
31. The Murder of Beverly Samans, II 394
32. The Murders of Evelyn Corbin and Joann Graff 405
33. The Murder of Mary Sullivan 417
Part 6
34. Final Thoughts 441
35. Last Moments 448
Epilogue 453
Update 457
Sources 482
Index 499
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