Stranglers Podcast Ep 10: How A 1968 Film Solidified Myths About The Boston Stranglings

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?

Episode 10 Fame and Consequences

Boston is gripped by fear once again after Albert DeSalvo escapes from Bridgewater State Hospital. But imprisonment never stops the man most people believed to be the Boston Strangler from communicating with—and attempting to manipulate—those outside. In this episode, we get an exclusive glimpse of DeSalvo’s extensive correspondence with his pursuer, Detective Phil DiNatale. DeSalvo never left prison again, but host Portland Helmich follows Phil DiNatale to Hollywood, where he became an official advisor and major character in the very successful 1968 film, The Boston Strangler. While the movie solidified many of the publicly accepted myths about the stranglings, DeSalvo’s mysterious death in prison only adds to the confusion surrounding the Strangler’s identity.

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

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