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Gerold Frank

The Boston Strangler

New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Edgar Award: The definitive account of a serial killer’s rampage—and the manhunt that stopped him.
On June 14, 1962, twenty-five-year-old Juris Slesers arrived at his mother’s apartment to drive her to church. But there was no answer at the door. When he pushed his way inside, Juris found Anna Slesers dead on the kitchen floor, the cord of her housecoat knotted tightly around her neck.
Over the next two years, twelve more bodies were discovered in and around Boston: all women, all sexually assaulted, and all strangled. None of the victims exhibited any signs of struggle, nothing was stolen from their homes, and there were no signs of forcible entry. The police could find no discernable motive or clues. Who was this madman? How was he entering women’s homes? And what insanity was driving him?
Drawn from hundreds of hours of personal interviews, as well as police, medical, and court documentation, this is a grisly, horrifying, and meticulously researched account of Albert DeSalvo—an American serial killer on par with Jack the Ripper.
533 printed pages
Original publication
2016

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    Anamu Khawajahas quoted3 years ago
    Dr. Robey knew, of course, that DeSalvo said he had faked his hallucinations, because he thought he would be sent to Bridgewater and be released soon after. Dr. Robey repeated his conviction that Albert had not been faking.
    Aaron Ramonetthas quotedlast year
    a mark of mental health was the ability to repress our knowledge of the world’s cruelty, to be able to live in peace though surrounded on all sides by horror, cruelty, and violent death.
    Anamu Khawajahas quoted3 years ago
    overtly paranoid and indulge in an outburst,” Dr. Robey said. He might also become violent. Under Conn’s questioning, he went on to say that he considered DeSalvo a “compulsive confessor.” He added, “He has a real need, because of his underlying illness, to prove to himself and to others his own importance

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