1. DNA FOR THE WIN

    Big Break in Boston Strangler Case

    This is a March 1973 photo of self-confessed Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo.  He was found dead in his prison cell in Walpole, Mass. in November 1973.  (AP Photo)

    AP

    DNA evidence undreamt of in the 1960s has produced a major development in the 1964 rape and murder of 19-year-old Mary Sullivan—the final of 11 possible victims attributed to the notorious Boston Strangler. At a press conference Thursday, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced that a test of DNA samples taken from stains on Sullivan's blanket had resulted in a "familial match" to Albert DeSalvo, the prime suspect in the case. Experts used DNA from a bottle discarded by one of DeSalvo's nephews to make the match. DeSalvo was never charged for the murders because a recanted confession had been ruled inadmissible in court. In 1973, he was stabbed to death in a Massachusetts prison while serving a life sentence for unrelated charges.

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