DNA Clinches It: Confessed Boston Strangler Killed Woman
Test confirms Albert DeSalvo murdered last victim
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2013 11:54 AM CDT
In this 2000 photo, Diane Dodd, left, and son Casey Sherman hold a photo in Rockland, Mass., of Dodd's sister Mary Sullivan.   (Greg Derr)

(Newser) – It's official. DNA tests confirm that the man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler did indeed kill the woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim, authorities said today. (They were nearly certain last week, but today's results provide the final confirmation.) Albert DeSalvo admitted to killing Mary Sullivan and 10 other women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964 but later recanted. He was later killed in prison.

The DNA finding "leaves no doubt that Albert DeSalvo was responsible for the brutal murder of Mary Sullivan" and it was "most likely" that he also was the Boston Strangler, said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. Authorities said recently that new technology allowed them to test semen left at the crime scene of Sullivan's death using DNA from a living relative of DeSalvo's. To confirm the match, investigators unearthed his remains a week ago and said today that the odds of the semen belonging to anyone but DeSalvo were 1 in 220 billion. "It's a great day," says Sullivan's nephew. "This is now full justice for my aunt."

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Jul 19, 2013 10:01 PM CDT
Never used a GUN. Getting rid of guns would not stop senseless violence. Classic example against those anti gun nutzoids
Jul 19, 2013 2:41 PM CDT
I knew it wasn't Tony Curtis! Everything you see on TV is a lie!
Jul 19, 2013 1:10 PM CDT
The reason Boston does not go bankrupt is it still has employed people to rob, er I mean tax. This was all done why: to close the case? To rest assured a killer was not still out there?