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Family of Albert DeSalvo outraged by police tactics

DA says stealth was essential

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley defended investigators’ use of clandestine tactics to obtain a DNA sample from a relative of Albert DeSalvo, who police now believe with new certainty was responsible for at least one of the Boston Strangler murders.

A half-century after the spree of killings stuck fear in the Boston area, authorities have been able to match biological evidence from the Beacon Hill scene of the murder of 19-year-old Mary Sullivan to a member of the DeSalvo family. They expect further testing will match the evidence directly to Albert DeSalvo who died in prison in 1973, serving a sentence for another crime. The DNA came from DeSalvo’s nephew, who was tailed for days earlier this year by police who confiscated an empty water bottle that he threw into a garbage can.

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