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The Boston Strangler
Author: Gerold Frank
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504038983
Pages: 364
Year: 2016-07-05
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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.
A Death in Belmont
Author: Sebastian Junger
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393077373
Pages: 288
Year: 2006-04-17
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A fatal collision of three lives in the most intriguing and original crime story since In Cold Blood. In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues. On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo—the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimes—is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide—and ultimately are destroyed—in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.
A Rose for Mary
Author: Casey Sherman
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 155553578X
Pages: 220
Year: 2003
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An analysis of the Boston Strangler case also offers an insider perspective on the murder of final victim Mary Sullivan, as told by her nephew, and discusses how the chief suspect had no physical evidence linking him to the crimes and was killed before he
The Boston Strangler
Author: Alan Rogers
Publisher: Applewood Books
ISBN: 1889833525
Pages: 66
Year: 2006
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An eminent historian sheds light on the serial killings that terrorized Boston in the early 1960s, the man arrested for them, and the brash young lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, who defended him.
The Strangler
Author: William Landay
Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group
ISBN: 034553946X
Pages: 416
Year: 2012-06
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In 1963 Boston, with a killer known as the Boston Strangler stalking the city, the three Daley brothers--Joe, a cop; Michael, a prosecutor; and Ricky, a master thief--track down a criminal with ties to their family's own lethal secrets.
Boston Strangler
Author: Paul Hoblin
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 1614784647
Pages: 112
Year: 2012-01-01
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Put on your detective hat and uncover the facts and myths about the Boston strangler. Starting in 1962, eleven women living in and around the Boston area had been murdered in similar, and similarly brutal, ways. Many of these women had been sexually assaulted. Several had been stabbed. All had been strangled. Topics discussed include the victims, the atmosphere of Boston, Massachusetts, at the time of the murders, and the man who confessed to the murders, Albert DeSalvo. The evidence against DeSalvo, reasons DeSalvo confessed to murders he may not have committed, theories about who the Boston Strangler really was, and DNA evidence are also highlighted. Features include a Tools and Clues section that highlights research tools, technology, and investigative methods, a timeline, a glossary, selected bibliography, further readings, places to visit, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Perfect Victims
Author: Bill James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857203924
Pages: 496
Year: 2011-07-07
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The Black Dahlia case. The Manson murders. The Zodiac Killer. The slaughter of JonBenet Ramsay. These killings, among many others in Bill James's astonishing chronicle of the history of American crime, have all created a frenzy of interest and speculation about human nature. And while many of us choose to avoid the news about gruesome murders, Bill James contends that these crime stories, which create such frenzy (and have throughout history), are as important to understanding our society, culture and history as anything we may consider to be a more 'serious' subject. The topic envelopes our society so completely, we almost forget about it. James looks at the ways in which society has changed by examining the development of how crimes have been committed, investigated and prosecuted. The booktakes on such issues as the rise of an organized police force, the controversial use of the death penalty, the introduction of evidence such as fingerprinting and DNA, and the unexpected ways in which the most shocking crimes have shaped the criminal justice system and our perceptions of violence.
Boston Strangler
Author: Valerie Pazienza
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1530489806
Pages: 70
Year: 2016-03-11
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Albert DeSalvo, the infamous "Boston Strangler" is considered to be "America's first 'serial killer' of the modern era". He is responsible for as many as 13 women's murders in the Boston area between 14 June 1962 and 4 January 1964. Victims were as young as 19 and as old as 85. Whereas police did not believe that all of the murders were committed by the same person, the public was convinced that one person, dubbed "The Boston Strangler", was the sole suspect.
Albert DeSalvo Aka The Boston Strangler
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) within the U.S. Department of Justice presents FBI case documents in PDF format regarding Albert DeSalvo aka The Boston Strangler. Albert DeSalvo, self-admitted serial killer also known as The Boston Strangler, was 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. The case file is provided as part of the FBI's Freedom of Information Privacy Acts (FOIPA) Web site.
The Boston Strangler
Author: Zed Simpson, Charles River Charles River Editors
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1530741068
Pages: 36
Year: 2016-03-27
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*Includes pictures *Includes contemporary newspaper reports about the crimes *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents "It wasn't as dark and scary as it sounds. I had a lot of fun....killing people is a funny experience." - Albert DeSalvo "I did this not as a sex act...but out of hate for her. I don't mean out of hate for her in particular, really I mean out of hate for a woman." - Albert DeSalvo The story reads like something out of a mini-series. The police are called to the home of an elderly woman who has been raped and strangled. She's a socialite and popular in among the Boston upper-crust. As the grizzled detective stand over her body, wondering who would do something like this, someone mentions that there was a similar case recently, except that time the victim was a lower-middle class immigrant woman. He wonders briefly if there is a pattern and hopes there isn't, but before long there's a third victim, and then a fourth. At first, the women are all elderly, and the police psychologist postulates that the culprit has some sort of hatred for his own mother and therefore attacks motherly figures. The police begin to track down mental patients with histories of violence and question them about their whereabouts, but there is no one suspect, even as more bodies pile up in the morgue. Then, suddenly, there's a change, and young women start turning up dead, changing the whole approach to the case. As tension in the city builds, the mayor and other civic leaders begin demanding action, even as another young woman dies, followed in short order by an elderly one. Young women start refusing dates and looking under their beds at night, while older ladies refuse to open their doors to anyone. The city is in turmoil and the police are at a loss about what to do next, but just as quickly as they started, the murders stopped after 13 confirmed victims. Just as that description makes it sound, the case of the Boston Strangler is as confusing and mystifying as it is terrifying. In fact, the mythology and debate lingering over the crime spree only heightened when Albert DeSalvo confessed to the crimes, provided both accurate and inaccurate details about some of them, and had his DNA tied to several of the crime scenes. However, before DeSalvo himself was murdered by an unknown assailant in jail in 1973, he had recanted his confession, and ultimately, he was never tried for the murders in Boston. 50 years after the Boston Strangler stopped killing, investigators and amateurs alike are still debating the very messy and all too real 18 month reign of terror that gripped the city of Boston in the early 1960s and haunts many to this day. Even in the wake of DeSalvo's confession, and in part because of the various inaccuracies he told authorities, people continue to argue whether he was the Boston Strangler, or even if the Boston Strangler was just one killer given the seemingly different M.O.s used in some of the crimes. The Boston Strangler: The History and Mystery of the Notorious Crime Spree covers the crimes of one of America's most infamous serial killers. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Boston Strangler like never before.
Mission Flats
Author: William Landay
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 0440334551
Pages: 400
Year: 2003-08-26
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Before the New York Times bestselling success of Defending Jacob, William Landay wrote this critically acclaimed first novel of crime and suspense—perfect for fans of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Dennis Lehane. “Landay writes with eloquent intensity.”—The New York Times Book Review By a shimmering lake in western Maine, a body lies sprawled in a deserted cabin. The dead man was an elite D.A. from Boston whose beat was the city’s toughest neighborhood: Mission Flats. For local police chief Ben Truman, investigating the murder will mean leaving his quiet home and joining a vengeful manhunt in a world of hard streets and harder bargains. The cops have zeroed in on a suspect, a ruthless predator targeted for prosecution by the murdered D.A. But Ben distrusts the Boston police—especially when he uncovers a secret history of murder and retribution stretching back twenty years. As past and present collide, as tribal loyalties threaten to lynch an innocent man—or let a guilty one go free—one thing remains certain: The most powerful revelations are yet to come. Includes an excerpt of Defending Jacob “A crackling debut that answers the question: Who will be the next Grisham?”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “An inventive, gripping suspense debut . . . Landay deals out pertinent details with the finesse of a poker player. . . . A rich, harrowing and delightful read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “[Landay’s] tale is reminiscent of his fellow Beantown writer Dennis Lehane, which is a true compliment.”—Rocky Mountain News “Waiting for a new Landay novel is like waiting for a guy from Cremona to build a violin: anxious but worth it.”—Lee Child Winner of the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel
The Boston Strangler from Maine
Author: Emeric Spooner
Publisher:
ISBN: 1456345516
Pages: 188
Year: 2011-01-17
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In 1951 a wave of Phantom Strangler Cases would begin. As they swept across the Northeast few clues would be left in their wake. In 1963 a suspect would be caught and confess to murders from Maine to Louisiana. Although he was in Boston for the first of the Boston Stranglings, he would not talk with the Boston Detectives. In 1965 Stranglings would begin again in Maine and continue on to 1971 some that are still unsolved to this day. With this Book I intend to bring these long forgotten cases back out of the past and shed new light on the facts and evidence, as well as those who committed them.
The Last Victim
Author: Jason Moss, Jeffrey Kottler
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0759528306
Pages: 304
Year: 2001-04-15
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The twisted, but fascinating, mind of a serial killer is revealed with terrifying consequences in this astonishing and shocking exploration. with 20 b&w photos.
Black Irish
Author: Casey Sherman
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595430805
Pages: 240
Year: 2007-03
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West Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1981. Tensions between Catholics and Protestants have never been higher. The IRA Hunger Strikes are in full swing, and violence continues to spread in Belfast. While working in their parents' grocery store, two young Catholic twins, Vincent and Michael Logan, witness their father's brutal murder by British commandos. This horrific crime sends the twins on radically opposing paths. As they reach adulthood, Vincent embarks on a journey for justice and becomes a cop. Michael, still simmering over his father's murder, is out for revenge and soon becomes the IRA's most feared assassin. When Michael discovers that his father's killer has just become the most powerful man in Europe, he plots his revenge. But there's one man standing in his way, one he used to call brother
The Theft of Memory
Author: Jonathan Kozol
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0804140987
Pages: 320
Year: 2015-06-02
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A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol is best known for his fifty years of work among our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Now, in the most personal book of his career, he tells the story of his father’s life and work as a nationally noted specialist in disorders of the brain and his astonishing ability, at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, to explain the causes of his sickness and then to narrate, step-by-step, his slow descent into dementia. Dr. Harry Kozol was born in Boston in 1906. Classically trained at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, he was an unusually intuitive clinician with a special gift for diagnosing interwoven elements of neurological and psychiatric illnesses in highly complicated and creative people. “One of the most intense relationships of his career,” his son recalls, “was with Eugene O’Neill, who moved to Boston in the last years of his life so my father could examine him and talk with him almost every day.” At a later stage in his career, he evaluated criminal defendants including Patricia Hearst and the Boston Strangler, Albert H. DeSalvo, who described to him in detail what was going through his mind while he was killing thirteen women. But The Theft of Memory is not primarily about a doctor’s public life. The heart of the book lies in the bond between a father and his son and the ways that bond intensified even as Harry’s verbal skills and cogency progressively abandoned him. “Somehow,” the author says, “all those hours that we spent trying to fathom something that he wanted to express, or summon up a vivid piece of seemingly lost memory that still brought a smile to his eyes, left me with a deeper sense of intimate connection with my father than I’d ever felt before.” Lyrical and stirring, The Theft of Memory is at once a tender tribute to a father from his son and a richly colored portrait of a devoted doctor who lived more than a century. From the Hardcover edition.