Milestones, Dec. 10, 1973

Died. Albert DeSalvo, 42, confessed "Boston Strangler"; of multiple stab wounds; at Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts. DeSalvo was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1967 for armed robbery, assault, and sex offenses against four women. Although he admitted during his trial to the strangling of 13 women between 1962 and 1964, he was never charged because of a lack of supporting evidence; later he recanted. Stabbed 16 times by an as yet unidentified slayer, DeSalvo is the fifth Walpole inmate to be murdered this year.

Died. Laurence Harvey, 45, veteran of more than 60 films, who first won fame in America as...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!