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Confessed Boston Strangler’s body exhumed

Other victims’ loved ones urge DA to find evidence that may bring them closure, too

PEABODY — The remnants of dirt-smeared bouquets still sat atop the casket Friday, as a team of gravediggers unearthed the remains of Albert DeSalvo, the man who confessed before his death to 11 murders that transfixed and terrified Boston 50 years ago.

A six-car motorcade then transported his bones from a serene cemetery here to Boston. Pathologists in the state medical examiner’s office will soon remove a sample of his DNA and seek a genetic match with new evidence, in hope of conclusively linking him to the last of the killings, closing the book at last on the infamous Boston Strangler case.

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