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The Boston Strangler

The Boston Strangler(1968)

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  • THE CRIMES WERE INDEED TRUE . . .

    • Dan Hand
    • 5/3/12

    . . . but the alleged serial killer known as "the Boston Strangler" was not!Albert DeSalvo was talked into confessing to the so-called "Boston Strangler" killings by a fellow inmate, George Nassar, whose own attorney, at that time (1965), was the then-unknown F. Lee Bailey. It is almost certain that the notorious stranglings were actually the work of multiple killers-- one of whom was very likely George Nassar himself! DeSalvo's confessions were markedly inaccurate, and were induced under the misapprehension that he would be able to provide for his family by receiving the respective reward for each of the killings to which he had confessed. He was never charged with the killings, let alone convicted of them. Since this was F. Lee Bailey's first notorious case, however, even though he never had to defend it in court, since his client was never charged, Bailey has steadfastly maintained his client's guilt in the killings, ever since. (DeSalvo himself was murdered in prison, in 1973, having recanted his confessions for the "Boston Strangler" killings.) This obdurance is in contrast both to Bailey's continual defense of O.J. Simpson, in the murders of his ex-wife and her male acquaintance, in 1994, and to the requirements of the canon of legal ethics that apply to all licensed attorneys. As for the actual convicted killer, George Nassar, he is still incarcerated, as he has been since October 1964, for (at least) his second murder-- the slaying of a gas-station attendant, three years after Nassar's being paroled for a murder that he committed in 1948, when he was only 15 years old!As an advertising campaign for another film, long ago, advised potential patrons to constantly remind themselves: "It's only a movie! It's only a movie! It's only a movie!"

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