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DNA points to Boston Strangler

DNA points to Boston Strangler

DNA tests confirm that the man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler did kill the woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim and was likely responsible for the deaths of the other victims, authorities said Friday. Albert DeSalvo admitted to killing Mary Sullivan and 10 other women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964 but later recanted. He was killed in prison. Authorities said recently that new technology allowed them to test semen left at the crime scene of Sullivan's death using DNA from a living relative of DeSalvo's. To confirm the DNA match, investigators unearthed his remains a week ago and said Friday that the odds that the semen belonged to a male other than DeSalvo were one in 220 billion.

Removal of MLK inscription set

Work to remove the controversial inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is set to begin Monday, the National Park Service said Friday. The inscription is a paraphrase from King's "Drum Major" speech. It reads, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." Critics, including the poet Maya Angelou, have argued that the quotation was taken out of context and makes King sound arrogant. The park service said the quotation will be removed in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28.

Associated Press

By the numbers

787 Climbers who this season reached the summit of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley in Alaska, North America's highest peak, according to the National Park Service. That broke the record of 775 set in 2005. The climbing season typically runs from the end of April through the middle of July.

78 Age of oldest person to reach the summit this season, another record.

DNA points to Boston Strangler 07/19/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:13am]
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