This is a story that marked the city of Boston in the 1960s. At that time, a mysterious serial killer claimed at least 13 victims, women who were found raped and killed in their homes between 1962 and 1964. Behind the one who was nicknamed the Boston Strangler was in fact hiding Albert DeSalvo, a man who had enlisted in the American army in 1949.

In November 1964, Albert DeSalvo was arrested by police after he sexually assaulted a married woman, who then sketched his sketch. After his arrest, the father-of-two gave details only he could know and said he had raped nearly 2,000 women in five years. He was sentenced in 1967 to life imprisonment, not for the murders, but for the rapes admitted following a plea bargain, obtained by his lawyer.

Albert DeSalvo was killed in prison by a fellow inmate

In February 1967, the prisoner escaped with two other inmates from Bridgewater State Hospital. The next day, he went to his lawyer, who convinced him to surrender. He was later transferred to Walpole Prison in Massachusetts. Eventually, Albert DeSalvo met a tragic end as he was found dead in his cell in 1973. The 42-year-old man was stabbed to the heart with multiple stab wounds by a fellow inmate who will never be identified. . After his death, the director of the prison had mentioned a fight and drug trafficking in which he would have been involved.

It wasn’t until 2013, fifty years after his first murders, that Albert DeSalvo was identified as The Boston Strangler. Indeed, it was confused by DNA analyzes thanks to the progress of science. If his story has already been adapted to the cinema in 1968, a new adaptation with Keira Knightley is available on Disney + from Friday March 17.

Albert DeSalvo: what happened to the Boston Strangler?

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