Stranglers Podcast Ep 7: How F. Lee Bailey Changed The Course Of The Boston Strangler Investigation

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 7: Bridgewater

By November, 1964, detective Phil DiNatale was closing in on a prime suspect, Albert DeSalvo, who had a long record of sexual assaults. DeSalvo was already in custody, in fact, at Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he was undergoing psychiatric evaluation. But while the police were gathering evidence, DeSalvo was confessing to a fellow inmate, George Nassar, that HE was the Boston Strangler. In this episode, host Portland Helmich visits George Nassar in prison to learn more about DeSalvo’s confession. She also meets DeSalvo’s attorney, F. Lee Bailey, who rose to prominence in his defense of DeSalvo, and who changed the course of the Boston Strangler investigation by getting to Bridgewater and DeSalvo one day ahead of the police.

Stranglers, the new podcast from Earwolf and Investigation Discovery, is a fascinating investigation of the Boston Strangler.

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