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Famous Serial Killers , Albert Desalvo

Updated on November 7, 2010
Albert Desalvo who claimed to be the Boston Strangler is being escorted by two polic in this photo.
Albert Desalvo who claimed to be the Boston Strangler is being escorted by two polic in this photo. | Source

Was Albert Desalvo The Boston Strangler?

We know that Albert Henry Desalvo was born on September 3 , 1931 and that he claimed to be the Boston Strangler who killed 12 women between June 14 1962 and January 4th 1964. It is interesting to note that Desalvo was never put on trial for the strangler murders , he was never charged with the strangler murders , and he was never convicted of the strangler murders. Most people believe that Desalvo went to prison for the strangler murders but that just simply is not so.

Desalvo confessed to being the Boston Strangler and he knew things that only the actual killer should have known but there is current speculation that he may have been given information by the police or he may have been in prison with the actual Boston Strangler.

Desalvo stood trial for sex offenses and robbery and he was sentenced to life in prison in 1967. He was at first sent to Bridgewater State Hospital but he and two other inmates escaped from there in 1967. Desalvo turned his self in to his lawyer the day after his escape. He said that he had escaped to draw attention to the bad conditions at the hospital and to get help with his situation. Following his escape he was sent to the maximum security prison at Walpole where he was murdered six years later in the prison infirmary. No one has ever been charged or convicted of his murder. Albert Henry Desalvo died on November 25th 1973. Had he truly been the Boston Strangler or had it all been a hoax. 

Gainsborough Street site of the first murder attributed to The Boston Strangler
Gainsborough Street site of the first murder attributed to The Boston Strangler | Source

Doubts remain to this day as to whether Albert Desalvo was the Boston Strangler. People who knew Desalvo said no way. They said Desalvo was not capable of committing crimes of this type. One strange thing about the Boston Stranglers victims is the fact that there was a wide range of ages , races , and many were killed in different ways. If one man killed the 13 women why did he not kill them all the same. The Boston Strangler did not follow the patterns that serial killers usually do.

Today many criminal investigators say that the Boston Strangler murders were committed by several different people some of whom may have been copy cat killers. By examining the records of the Boston Strangler Murders we now know that it is likely that Desalvo did not commit the murders. He may have been guilty of some crimes involving sexual assaults but it is likely that Desalvo was allowed to confess to being the Boston Strangler when the police knew he was not.

There is even now speculation that Desalvo may have in fact been covering up for another man. Who this man was we may never know. But we do know that in Desalvo's statements to police that there are many many inconsistencies. Desalvo was making up much of what he was telling police and they just stood by and let him. They looked good having captured the Boston Strangler and they were not about to say sorry folks Desalvo's not the Boston Strangler. If Desalvo wanted to be the Boston Strangler so bad they were going to let him be the Boston Strangler. The man or more likely the men who committed the Boston Strangler murders got away with it.

Desalvo was probably not guilty of the Boston Strangler and the killer or killers is probably still out there and free.
Desalvo was probably not guilty of the Boston Strangler and the killer or killers is probably still out there and free. | Source

In later years DNA evidence has cleared Desalvo of many of the Boston Strangler murders though officially Albert Desalvo is still said to have been the Boston Strangler. At least this is the official position of the Boston Police Department.

Desalvo was framed by the police for the Boston Strangler Murders and he went along with it. Some people say he did it for money while others say he just wanted to be famous.

What do you think about the Boston Strangler Murders and Albert Desalvo. Please post your comments or questions below. And thanks for reading my hub page about Albert Desalvo.

What do you think about the Boston Strangler Murders and Albert Desalvo. Please post your comments or questions below.

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      The killings continued after he was arrested. He was almost for sure someone seeking attention. Recent DNA tests say that he was not the killer. He may have even been killed to hide the fact that he was not the killer.

    • LillyGrillzit profile image

      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      At the time - the US hadn't heard of this type Crime

      Men thought to be honorable - Late into the knight

      Came together - a committee of monsters,

      Take turns feeling their wildest oats

      Capturing Women - destroying sluts before they breed

      These are protected behind robes and moats

      Mr. DeSalvo worked as the fall guy

      The rest blend back into Society - Killers continuing to Lead.

    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Well, if the killings stopped after he went to prison, I'd say they got the right guy. But we'll never know. It's hard to understand how so many serial killers get away with their crimes, how prolific they can be.

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