Books: A Murderer in the Home

The writer of The Perfect Storm unravels the story of his brush with the infamous Boston Strangler

A photograph from the sleepy suburb of Belmont, Mass., circa 1963 shows two people who would later be famous, although nobody had any idea at the time. One is a tiny baby sitting in his mother's lap. The other is a smiling, tough-looking, pompadoured fellow standing behind her. The baby would grow up to be Sebastian Junger, the mega-selling author of The Perfect Storm, the true story of a fishing boat lost at sea. The smiling guy was a handyman named Albert DeSalvo. History would come to know him as the Boston Strangler.

As coincidences go, this is a corker. At...

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