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Family of confessed Boston Strangler angry over DNA sample

The family of confessed Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo is furious that Boston police secretly followed one of his nephews so investigators could get a DNA family profile -- because the DeSalvo clan would have provided the sample without hesitation if they had been asked, their attorney said today.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said today he assigned a police detective to follow a DeSalvo nephew -- identified by family attorney as Timothy DeSalvo -- so they could collect something to retrieve a DNA sample from. Davis said police retrieved the DNA sample from a plastic water bottle that was discarded by the DeSalvo relative.

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