Authorities plan to exhume the body of the Boston Strangler, Albert H. DeSalvo, the Boston Globe reports. The move was set in motion to enable new forensic testing in the hope of proving DeSalvo killed Mary Sullivan in 1964.
The Boston Strangler terrorized the greater Boston area for two years in the 1960s.
"Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said that a DNA match has been made between DeSalvo, the self-confessed Boston Strangler, and the murder of 19-year-old Sullivan, who was raped and murdered and ‘her body desecrated’ in her Charles Street home on Jan. 4, 1964," the story reports. "Conley said the DNA testing showed a ‘familial match’ between forensic evidence in Sullivan’s killing, leading prosecutors to ask for a Suffolk Superior Court judge to order the exhumation of DeSalvo’s remains to prove ‘once and for all’ that DeSalvo murdered Sullivan."
Researchers and law enforcement officials have been unable to agree about whether DeSalvo was responsible for all of the 11 murders that have been attributed to him, the piece notes. DeSalvo confessed to the murders.
Said Conley: “At this point in time, 50 years removed from those deaths and without the biological evidence that we have in the Sullivan case, that is a question that we cannot answer. But these developments give us a glimmer of hope that there can be one day finality, if not accountability, for the families of the ten other women murdered so cruelly in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Lynn and Salem.’’