18 January

Albert Henry DeSalvo (3 September, 1931 – 25 November, 1973) was a criminal in Boston, Massachusetts, who confessed to being the “Boston Strangler”, the murderer of thirteen women in the Boston area.

DeSalvo was not imprisoned for these murders, however, but for a series of rapes. His murder confession has been disputed and debate continues as to which crimes DeSalvo had actually committed.

In July 2013, a DNA match between seminal fluid found at the scene of the rape and murder of Mary Sullivan (the last victim) and DNA obtained from DeSalvo’s nephew linked DeSalvo to that crime and excluded 99.9 percent of the remaining population. Authorities exhumed DeSalvo’s remains later that month and confirmed the DNA match.