Trials: Bailey & the Boston Strangler

In the cases of Drs. Samuel Sheppard and Carl Coppolino, Criminal Lawyer F. Lee Bailey sought to create so much doubt about the guilt of his clients that the juries could only find them innocent. In the case of Albert DeSalvo that ended last week in Boston, Bailey chose a completely opposite strategy. He set out to convince the jury that his client was the notorious Boston Strangler, and so guilty that he must be insane.

Bailey laid his plans carefully. DeSalvo was not charged with murder: there had never been enough admissible evidence to support...

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