The Boston Strangler crimes began in 1962 and continued until 1964 with a total of 13 victims. The Strangler targeted single women as young as 19 and as old as 85. He would pose as a maintenance employee or a service worker. Consequently, the women would allow him into their homes. There he would sexually assault them before killing them.
While serving a prison sentence for a rape charge, DeSalvo told his cell mate, George Nassar, about being The Boston Strangler. Nassar told his attorney, F. Lee Bailey. Bailey took DeSalvo on as a client. When DeSalvo told his story to the police, he was able to provide details of the individual crimes that had not been made public. DeSalvo did, however, get several of his facts wrong.
There was no evidence linking DeSalvo to the individual crimes. He was not identified by the sole surviving victim of The Boston Strangler. In fact, the victim claimed that Nassar was the person who attacked her. In 1967 DeSalvo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In February of that same year he escaped with two others, resulting in an enormous manhunt. However, he gave himself up just one day after his escape.
DeSalvo was immediately relocated to Walpole State Prison, a maximum security prison. In 1973 he died after being stabbed by an unknown person while incarcerated at Walpole Prison. DeSalvo was never charged with The Boston Strangler crimes and the case is still open even thought he did confess to the crimes.
Albert Henry DeSalvo was born on September 3, 1931, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. According to reports, DeSalvo’s father was abusive toward his wife and children. At the age of twelve, DeSalvo was arrested for assault and battery, along with robbery.
While doing time for another assault, battery and robbery charge in 1960, DeSalvo confessed to The Measuring Man crimes, in which he would pose as a fashion model recruiter and grope young women while pretending to take their measurements. No charges were ever brought against him for these crimes.
After his release from prison, DeSalvo became involved in The Green Man crimes. It is believed that over a two-year period, he had raped at least 300 women in several states. Estimates indicate that he raped up to 6 women a day. When DeSalvo was arrested 1964, Bailey defended his client for The Green Man crimes, but failed. The court sentenced DeSalvo to life in prison.
Victims of The Boston Strangler:
Anna E. Sleser 56
Mary Mullen 85
Nina Nicols 68
Helen Blake 65
Ida Irga 75
Jane Sullivan 67
Sophie Clark 19
Patricia Bissette 23
Mary Brown 69
Beverly Samans 23
Evelyn Corbin 58
Joann Graff 23
Mary Sullivan 19