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Family of possible Boston Strangler victim may get answers, closure after new DNA evidence

Family of possible Boston Strangler victim may get answers, closure after new DNA evidence

BOSTON (AP) — The family of a woman who may have been the Boston Strangler's last victim could be just days away from getting answers about her slaying after decades of wondering if police pinned it on the right man.

Casey Sherman struggled Thursday to hold back tears for his late aunt as he joined law enforcement officers to talk about a case that gained public notoriety but always has been a source of private pain for his family.

Nineteen-year-old Mary Sullivan, whom Sherman called "the joy of her Irish Catholic family," left the quiet of Cape Cod for the bustle of life in Boston in January 1964. A few days later she was dead.

Someone raped and strangled her in the apartment she'd just moved into, and her death became linked to what some believed was the work of a serial killer who also stole the lives of 10 other women during a homicidal rampage in the Boston area that lasted two years.

For the first time, authorities said Thursday that they have forensic evidence tying a suspect to Sullivan's case. And the name was a familiar one: Albert DeSalvo. He was the man who first confessed to being the Boston Strangler, but later recanted before his stabbing death in prison as he served a life sentence for other crimes.