18 January 1967

Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler”, is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

Albert DeSalvo was an American serial killer who gained notoriety as the “Boston Strangler” for a series of murders that occurred in the Boston area during the early 1960s. The killings were characterized by a pattern of sexual assault and strangulation, and the victims were primarily women. The case became one of the most infamous unsolved mysteries in American criminal history until DeSalvo’s confession.

DeSalvo was born on September 3, 1931, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He had a troubled childhood and a history of criminal activity, including burglary and sexual offenses. In 1964, he was arrested for a series of non-lethal sexual assaults, and while in custody, he began confessing to the Boston Strangler murders.

DeSalvo claimed responsibility for the murders of 13 women between 1962 and 1964. However, there was significant skepticism regarding the accuracy of his confessions. Some investigators and experts believed that DeSalvo might have confessed to crimes he did not commit in order to gain notoriety. The lack of concrete evidence linking him to the murders further fueled doubts.

DeSalvo was never tried for the Boston Strangler murders. Instead, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his other criminal activities. He was murdered in prison in 1973, reportedly by a fellow inmate. The uncertainty surrounding the Boston Strangler case has persisted over the years, and some still question whether DeSalvo was truly responsible for all the murders attributed to the Boston Strangler or if the killer remains unidentified. Advances in forensic technology have allowed for reevaluation of evidence, but as of my knowledge cutoff in January 2022, the case remains officially unsolved.