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 Boston Strangler FBI Files


156 pages of files copied from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., covering Albert DeSalvo AKA The Boston Strangler. Files contain approximately 90 pages of narrative material. Between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964, thirteen single women in the Boston area were assaulted and strangled to death with an item of clothing.

On January 5, 1955 DeSalvo was arrested for child molestation, but the charges were dropped in December of that year. On January 8, February 15th, and April 18th 1958, DesAlvo was arrested for breaking and entering. He was given a suspended sentence. On October 26, 1959 he was arrested again for breaking and entering and again received a suspended sentence. On March 17, 1961, the Cambridge Police Department arrested DeSalvo for breaking and entering. He confessed to a series of sexual assaults committed by a man impersonating a model agency scout. DeSalvo was sent to Westborough State Psychiatric Hospital and was diagnosed as a sociopath. On May 3rd 1961, Albert DeSalvo was sentenced to two years for assault and battery and breaking and entering. His sentence was reduced and he was released in April 1962. On June 14, 1962 the first murder attributed to the Boston Strangler occurred.

In 1964 he was arrested for the Boston area "Green Man" rapes. In September 1965, DeSalvo confessed to the Boston Strangler murders plus two additional murders. In 1967 DeSalvo was convicted of the "Green Man" rapes and sentenced to life in prison. DeSalvo was found stabbed through the heart in a prison infirmary in 1973. DeSalvo was never put on trial for the Boston Strangler murders.

Much of the file reflect DeSalvo as the subject of an FBI unlawful flight to avoid confinement investigation when he escaped from a Massachusetts state mental hospital on February 24, 1967. DeSalvo was being held at the hospital pending appeal of a life sentence for numerous rapes. Local authorities apprehended DeSalvo in Lynn, Massachusetts, the following day. Files contain background information on DeSalvo. A 1961 memo documents an arrest when Desalvo was know as the "Tapester." At that time he was accused of posing as a talent scout for a modeling agency. He would ring door bells looking for young women who he would offer a modeling job, if they passed a measuring test


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