Albert DeSalvo

Albert DeSalvo, right, arrives for a court appearance in Cambridge, Mass., on Jan. 10, 1967. DeSalvo, a factory worker, claimed he was the notorious Boston Strangler, but questions still swirl around his confession. (AP Photo, File)

Albert DeSalvo, who confessed — then recanted — to being the "Boston Strangler", was stabbed to death in 1973 at a maximum-security prison in Walpole, Massachusetts. DeSalvo was never indicted in the killings that terrorized the region and grabbed national headlines in the early 1960s, but was convicted in January 1967 of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses, and sentenced to life in prison. In 2013, DNA tests confirmed that DeSalvo did kill the woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim and then-Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said it was "most likely" that he was the Boston Strangler.

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