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    Kim Marie Swann

    November 9: 1984: Kim, 21, was raped and killed in Tampa, FL by serial killer, Bobby Joe Long, who now resides on FL death row.

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Serial Killer: The Boston Strangler – Was Albert DeSalvo really the notorious serial killer that terrorized the women of Boston?

Victims
Anna E. Šlesers, 55, sexually assaulted with unknown object and strangled with the belt on her bathrobe; found on June 14, 1962 in her third-floor apartment at 77 Gainsborough St., Back Bay, Boston
Mary Mullen, 85, died from a heart attack, but in the confession was said to have collapsed as DeSalvo grabbed her; found on June 28, 1962 in her apartment at 1435 Commonwealth Ave., Boston (no picture)
Nina Nichols, 68, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on June 30, 1962 in her home at 1940 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Helen Blake, 65, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on June 30, 1962 in her home at 73 Newhall St., Lynn, Massachusetts
Ida Irga, 75, sexually assaulted and strangled; found on August 19, 1962 in her apartment at 7 Grove Street, Beacon Hill, Boston
Jane Sullivan, 67, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on August 21, 1962 in her home at 435 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Boston
Sophie Clark, 20, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on December 5, 1962 in her apartment at 315 Huntington Ave., Back Bay, Boston
Patricia Bissette, 23, strangled with her nylon stockings; found on December 31, 1962 in her home at 515 Park Drive, Back Bay, Boston
Mary Brown, 69, raped, strangled, beaten, and stabbed; found on March 6, 1963 in her apartment at 319 Park Ave., Lawrence, Massachusetts (no picture)
Beverly Samans, 23, stabbed to death; found on May 6, 1963 in her home at 4 University Road in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Evelyn Corbin, 58, raped and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on September 8, 1963 in her home at 224 Lafayette St., Salem, Massachusetts
Joann Graff, 23, strangled with her nylon stockings; found on November 23, 1963 in her apartment at 54 Essex St., Lawrence, Massachusetts
Mary Sullivan, 19, sexually assaulted and strangled with nylon stockings; found on January 4, 1964 in her apartment at 44-A Charles St., Boston

Albert DeSalvo was never tried or convicted of the Boston Strangler. He was in prison for rape when he was stabbed to death by other inmates.

Find-A-Grave: Anna E. Slesers
Find-A-Grave: Nina G. Nichols
Find-A-Grave: Helen Blake
Find-A-Grave: Ida Irga
Find-A-Grave: Jane Sullivan
Find-A-Grave: Sophie Clark
Find-A-Grave: Patricia Bissette
Find-A-Grave: Beverly Samans
Find-A-Grave: Marie Evelina “Evelyn” Poirier Corbin
Find-A-Grave: Joann Marie Graff
Find-A-Grave: Mary Anne Sullivan
Victims of the Boston Strangler
DeSalvo Still at Large; Police in Area Alerted
DeSalvo Surrenders Without a Struggle
Boston Strangler Caught, Ending Huge Manhunt
Albert DeSalvo is ‘Boston Strangler’
Tests begin to prove accused Boston Strangler innocent
DeSalvo may not have been Boston Strangler
Relatives: Prosecuters need to reopen Boston Strangler case
crimelibrary: The Boston Strangler
The Boston Strangler
Boston Strangler Case Solved 50 Years Later
Lab: Confessed Boston Strangler’s DNA on slain woman’s body
A half-century later, questions cloud Boston Strangler case
Crime Museum: The Boston Strangler
Murderpedia: Albert Henry DeSalvo
Wikipedia: Boston Strangler
Wikipedia: Albert DeSalvo

Books
The Boston Strangler
The Boston Stranglers: The Public Conviction of Albert Desalvo and the True Story of Eleven Shocking Murders
A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler

Movies/Documentaries
The Boston Strangler: The Hunt for a Killer
Biography: Albert DeSalvo
The Boston Strangler (movie)
The Boston Strangler (movie)
Boston Strangler: The Untold Story (movie)
ID Films: Confessions of the Boston Strangler

Albert DeSalvo
Albert DeSalvo

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