New forensic tests link Albert DeSalvo to the murder of Mary Sullivan, who was 19 years old when she was killed in her Boston apartment in 1964, a killing that made Sullivan the final victim of the Boston Strangler, officials said today.
In a statement, Boston police summarized the topic of a press conference about DeSalvo and Sullivan’s murder that is set for 11 a.m. today and will be attended by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, and Attorney General Martha Coakley.
“Despite a confession taking responsibility for the murder, DeSalvo was never charged because his confession was ruled inadmissible in court,’’ Boston police said in a statement today. “Instead of homicide convictions, DeSalvo, instead, was sentenced to life in prison on unrelated charges involving armed robberies and sexual assaults.’’
The statement continues, “now, some 50 years later, the miracle of science and DNA evidence has put law enforcement officers in a position to formally charge the Boston Strangler with the murder of Mary Sullivan.’’
The first of the 11 murders eventually attributed to the Boston Strangler took place on June 14, 1962, when the body of Anna Slesers, a 55-year-old Latvian seamstress, was found in her Gainsborough Street apartment by her son. And the last was Sullivan who was murdered on Jan. 4, 1964.