Gerold Frank – The Boston Strangler


New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Edgar Award: The definitive account of a serial killer’s rampage – and the manhunt that stopped him.

On June 14, 1962, twenty-five-year-old Juris Slesers arrived at his mother’s apartment to drive her to church. But there was no answer at the door. When he pushed his way inside, Juris found Anna Slesers dead on the kitchen floor, the cord of her housecoat knotted tightly around her neck.

Over the next two years, twelve more bodies were discovered in and around Boston: all women, all sexually assaulted, and all strangled. None of the victims exhibited any signs of struggle, nothing was stolen from their homes, and there were no signs of forcible entry. The police could find no discernable motive or clues. Who was this madman? How was he entering women’s homes? And what insanity was driving him?

Drawn from hundreds of hours of personal interviews, as well as police, medical, and court documentation, this is a grisly, horrifying, and meticulously researched account of Albert DeSalvo – an American serial killer on par with Jack the Ripper.

Author: Gerold Frank
Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen
Duration: 17 hours 43 minutes
Released: 19 Jun 2008
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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Seeing as this was a new release on Audible You would hope that some sort of update would be added at the end like they do with so many other books about serial killers. The book was published in 1966 and Albert De Salvo was murdered in 1973. DNA evidence has come forward in more recent years linking him to one of the murders and so many other theories on who the Boston Strangler is have emerged. This book needs an afterword.

The story never really reached a crescendo, even when it was going through De Salvo’s confessions, it seemed to just skate along at the same kind of pace and slight build. It is full of cold hard facts which I appreciated. I am fine with this type of story telling, but someone else may want to find another book if they want something engaging.

I was not a fan of the narration. The narrators voice is very slow and soft. I was practically put to sleep in the beginning and then I realized that it kind of sounded like the narrator was trying to seduce someone which was stuck in my head thereafter. Luckily the end of the book is largely in De Salvo’s words so the accent the narrator takes on eliminates the bedroom voice.