Albert DeSalvo

Albert DeSalvo

Albert Henry DeSalvo (September 3, 1931 November 25, 1973) was a criminal in Boston, Massachusetts, who confessed to being the 'Boston Strangler', the murderer of thirteen women in the Boston area. DeSalvo was not imprisoned for these murders, however, but for a series of rapes.

About Albert DeSalvo

Albert Henry DeSalvo (September 3, 1931 November 25, 1973) was a criminal in Boston, Massachusetts, who confessed to being the 'Boston Strangler', the murderer of thirteen women in the Boston area. DeSalvo was not imprisoned for these murders, however, but for a series of rapes. His murder confession has been disputed, and debate continues regarding which crimes DeSalvo actually committed. DeSalvo was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Frank and Charlotte DeSalvo. His father was of Italian ancestry and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father was a violent alcoholic who at one point beat all of his wife's teeth out and bent her fingers back until they broke. He also forced his children to watch him have sex with prostitutes he brought home. DeSalvo tortured animals as a child and began shoplifting and stealing in early adolescence, frequently crossing paths with the law. In November 1943, the 12-year-old DeSalvo was first arrested for battery and robbery.

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