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July 12, 2013

DNA links Boston Strangler suspect to serial killings

Suspected of murdering two in Lawrence 50 years ago


Bailey would later represent DeSalvo.

“It was a very challenging case,” said Bailey, who lives in Yarmouth, Maine. “My thought was if we can get through the legal thicket and get this guy examined by a team of the best specialists in the country, we might learn something about serial killers so we could spot them before others get killed.”

Authorities said they’re continuing to comb through evidence files and still are hoping to find samples to do DNA testing in connection with the other Strangler-linked killings.

They plan to exhume DeSalvo’s body from a grave in Peabody and said it could be just a matter of days before they get results of DNA testing they’re planning.

It’s not clear if prosecutors will take a fresh look at the other unsolved cases, including the ones in Lawrence.

“We have not been contacted as of yet, but if we are contacted, we will assist with any request. We would certainly cooperate with any investigation by the District Attorney’s office,” Chief Romero said.

He doesn’t know whether there is any evidence available for DNA testing in either case, but it could solve both murders.

“Today, there’s technology that wasn’t available 50 years ago. The development of DNA samples has expanded means of identifying potential suspects,” Romero said.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.




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