On a riveting episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we explore the notorious case of the Boston Strangler, who terrorized the area for two years in the early ’60s. Was confessed Strangler Albert DeSalvo the real killer? We will talk Strangler in hour 2, with detailed info provided by best-selling author Robert Keller; Hour 1, Clarissa will guide us through the week’s most noteworthy True Crime news.
The Boston Strangler
Between June 1962 and January 1964, thirteen Massachusetts women fell victim to a fiendish serial killer, the notorious Boston Strangler. The killer entered the homes of his victims without using force, apparently talking his way in. Once inside, he sexually molested the women before strangling them with articles of clothing and fleeing the scene. Many of the victims were posed, others had sexually degrading post-mortem acts performed upon them, and all were killed in their own homes.
Albert DeSalvo, a hyper-sexed factory worker, sex offender and petty criminal, confessed to the crimes, but although he was never officially charged with the murders, he entered the public consciousness as the Boston Strangler, a belief that would hold for decades.