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Trying to close ‘Boston Strangler’ case

One of the nation’s most notorious mysteries is on the brink of being solved, state and local officials said Thursday, as they revealed DNA evidence directly linking Albert DeSalvo to the last of the 11 murders committed by the Boston Strangler during a reign of terror that stretched across the region from 1962 to 1964.

Investigators and gravediggers plan to visit a Peabody cemetery on Friday afternoon to exhume DeSalvo’s remains. The intent is to retrieve a DNA sample that officials said should confirm DeSalvo raped and killed Mary Sullivan, a 19-year-old woman whose body was found in her Beacon Hill apartment in January 1964, thus putting to rest doubts over DeSalvo’s guilt that have festered across half a century.

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