The First 48: Killer Confessions continues A&E's First 48 franchise. Old cases are revisited and the Detectives on each case give updates as to their progress.

The First 48: Killer Confessions - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2015-06-15

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The Boston Strangler is a name given to the murderer (or murderers) of 13 women in the Boston area, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, in the early 1960s. The crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo based on his confession, details revealed in court during a separate case, and DNA evidence linking him to the last murder victim. Since then, parties investigating the crimes have suggested that the murders (sometimes referred to as “the silk stocking murders”) were committed by more than one person.

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The 1964 film The Strangler was inspired by the unsolved killings. The 1968 film The Boston Strangler starred Tony Curtis as Albert DeSalvo. Henry Fonda co-starred. The 2007 novel The Strangler by William Landay depicts the family of an attorney on the Strangler task force. A 2008 film The Boston Strangler – The Untold Story stars David Faustino as De Salvo. The 2010 television film The Front starring Andie MacDowell and Daniel Sunjata depicts a detective who reopens an unsolved 1960s murder of a woman who may have been the first victim of the Boston Strangler. The plot suggests that DeSalvo was not the only perpetrator of the Boston stranglings. The Boston Strangler made an appearance in the episode “Strangler” of CBS's American Gothic, where he was summoned by the antagonist sheriff Lucas Buck to get rid of Merlyn Temple. However, Lucas leaves town to attend a convention, and Albert De Salvo -aka The Boston Strangler- decides to do more than just try to kill Merlyn. The Boston Strangler became a central figure in the second episode of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The episode was called “Boston Strangler Redux”, featuring a new serial killer who killed women with the same names as the original Strangler's victims, and was eventually revealed to have been committed by one of the original detectives investigating the case attempting to frame the man whom he believed to be the real Boston Strangler. He and the Zodiac Killer are featured in Image comics' The Roberts. Jack Valenti, former head of the MPAA, compared the VCR to the Boston Strangler by saying that they had a comparable effect on the American public to the Strangler's effect on women. A waxwork of Albert DeSalvo featured in an episode of the British comedy series Psychoville. The waxwork comes to life in a fantasy sequence (along with those of John George Haigh, John Christie, and Jack the Ripper), trying to persuade character David Sowerbutts to kill a man by strangling rather than methods suggested by the other waxworks. The others accused him of having several personalities, referencing the 1968 movie. In the 13th episode of the second season of Crossing Jordan titled “Strangled”, the characters have a Cold Case party where they role play the investigation into two murders that fit the MO of the Boston Strangler. Each character assumes the role of a major character in the investigation based on the case files of Jordan's father Max Cavanaugh. The group determines that the two murders were copycats made to look like Boston Strangler killings. There is a Boston hardcore band named The Boston Strangler. The Rolling Stones released “Midnight Rambler” on the album Let It Bleed in 1969. The song is a loose biography of Albert DeSalvo. A 2016 podcast entitled “Stranglers” delves into the Boston Strangler investigation and features clips of the DeSalvo confession tapes and interviews with relatives of the key players in the investigation, including chief investigator Phil DiNatale's sons, John and Richard DiNatale.

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