Albert DeSalvo

The Boston Strangler
Birth Name:
Albert Henry DeSalvo
Birth Date:
September 3, 1931
Birth Place:
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Death Date:
November 25, 1973
Place of Death:
Maximum Security Prison Infirmary, Walpole, Massachusetts
Cause of Death:
Stabbed to death
Cemetery Name:
Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Albert DeSalvo was an alleged American rapist and serial killer in Boston, Massachusetts, who purportedly confessed to being the "Boston Strangler", the murderer of thirteen women in the Boston area from 1962 to 1964. In 1967, DeSalvo was imprisoned for life for committing a series of rapes. However, his murder confession has been disputed and debate continues as to which crimes he actually committed.

And the story continues …

In the fall of 2001, the body of Albert DeSalvo was exhumed from his Massachusetts grave Friday and transported by hearse to a forensic laboratory at York College. A team of scientists gathered at the central Pennsylvania college and began a second autopsy on the nearly three-decade-old remains of the confessed Boston Strangler – to identify his killer and possibly prove his innocence in series of notorious murders.

Twelve years later a water bottle recovered from a construction site where Tim DeSalvo (whose uncle Albert DeSalvo had confessed to being the internationally notorious Boston Strangler) gave police the DNA evidence they needed to bring closure to a case that has been a mystery for nearly 50 years, murders for which no one has ever been charged. The Boston Police Department revealed that DNA preserved from the body of the Boston Strangler’s last victim–raped and murdered in 1964–can now be linked with “99.9 percent certainty” to the late Albert DeSalvo.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery

185 Lake Street

Peabody, Massachusetts, 01960


North America


Map of Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody, Massachusetts

Grave Location:

Section S, Plot 374

Grave Location Description

As you enter this souless cemetery grounds drive straight ahead and go past the Flag Circle and make an immediate left. Drive ahead a bit and look for a fountain on your left and park just past that near the corner of Endicott Drive and Cummings Way. On your right walk six rows up from Endicott Drive and eight spaces to the right of the bench for the grave of rapist, murderer and possibly the Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo.

Grave Location GPS

42.52787267, -71.00472578

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