The Boston Strangler

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Released 2006

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Director:
Richard Fleischer
Released:
2006
Rating:
R

The Boston Strangler (1968) tells the true story of the serial killer whose terrible crimes set an entire city on edge. Between 1962 and 1964, Boston women were repeatedly found strangled with a piece of clothing tied around their necks in a distinctive bow; usually the victims had already been raped. Attorney General Brooke appoints lawyer John Bottomly (Henry Fonda) to head a special unit, whose investigations reveal an alarmingly large amount of sexual aberration in the area, but no hint as to the killer's identity. Then, Dianne Cluny manages to escape an attack and provides enough clues to point to a seemingly ordinary repairman, Albert DeSalvo. Can this happily-married working-class man, a devoted parent and devout Catholic, really be the strangler - and, if so, is he even aware of his crimes?

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    • The hunt for the serial killer known as "the Boston Strangler" took place over a 20-month period from August of 1962 to the Spring of 1964. The detention of the chief suspect, Albert de Salvo, led to a full-scale mental breakdown on his part. This resulted in his permanent confinement, so he was never formally charged with the crimes, although he had distractedly confessed under interrogation. He was himself murdered a few years later.

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Crime