From 1962 to 1964, women in Boston lived in fear of the infamous Strangler, who committed 13 known murders — crimes that included vicious sexual assaults and bizarre stagings of the victims’ bodies.
After the largest investigation in the city’s history, Albert DeSalvo confessed. Despite DeSalvo’s full confession and imprisonment, authorities never put him on trial for the murders. And more than 50 years later, doubts continue to surround the case. Was DeSalvo really the killer? Was there more than one Strangler? And did the Boston PD do everything necessary to stop the murderer?
About Episode 2: Fear In Boston
Two more murders bring the total to five, terrorizing the city. As the police come up short in their attempt to protect the city, women take desperate measures to protect themselves. In this episode, host Portland Helmich meets a granddaughter of the Strangler’s fourth victim, and she follows the Boston police as they launch and attempt to control the largest manhunt the city had ever known. We’ll hear the voice of the late detective Phil DiNatale, meet his son, John, and explore the family’s vast archive of original Strangler notes, photos and diaries. Portland also interviews Mark Safarik, a retired FBI agent, who specializes in the homicides of elderly women. Safarik explains that with an unprecedented crime, traditional crime-solving techniques are almost never effective.
Listen to Episode 1: Sisters in Death
Stranglers, the new podcast from Earwolf and Investigation Discovery, is a fascinating investigation of the Boston Strangler.
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