Nation: Return of the Strangler

For Boston and a wide swath of eastern New England, it was like the return of a nightmare. From the North Shore to the South Shore, Worcester to Charlestown, doors slammed shut, and women scurried furtively along cold, windswept streets. Husbands hurried home to be with their wives, and there was a run on locks—though, as authorities dourly admitted, the man they were after could open just about any lock in existence. Albert DeSalvo, 35, the self-confessed "Boston Strangler" and sexual felon, had escaped.

In the biggest manhunt in New England history, bloodhounds bayed...

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