Body of Boston Strangler Exhumed

Today, Friday, July 12, 2013, members of the Boston Police Cold Case Squad, Crime Lab and Crime Scene Units were on scene at the Puritan Memorial Park in Peabody to exhume the body of Albert DeSalvo, the man notoriously referred to as the Boston Strangler. DeSalvos’s remains were removed and transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner, located on Albany Street in Boston, where the process of extracting a DNA sample will be undertaken in an effort to definitively determine DeSalvo’s connection to the murder of 19 year-old Mary Sullivan. The process is expected to take several days and results could be available sometime late next week at the earliest.

The exhumation was ordered by a Superior Court judge at the request of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

*** NOTE: Please courtesy the above photo to BPDNews.

 

 

UPDATE: Boston Police Release Photo of Suspect Arrested in Connection with Armed Sexual Assaults in Mission Hill Area

On Sunday, June 16, 2013, Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit Detectives arrested Patrick Barry, 21, of Boston in connection with two armed sexual assaults on women in the Mission Hill area of Boston. 

The Boston Police Department is asking community members who may recognize the individual seen in the enclosed photos to help identify him. The individual seen in the pictures is wanted for questioning in connection to attempted sexual assaults which occurred in the Mission Hill area during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 15, 2013. The preliminary investigation indicates similarities in the two assaults and detectives are investigating the possibility that the assaults could be connected. In both incidents, victims were approached from behind and assaulted with a knife. 

Incident #1: At about 2:00am, on Saturday, June 15, 2013, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of Vancouver Street and Huntington Avenue. On arrival, officers spoke with female victim who stated that she was walking home when she was attacked from behind. According to the victim, the suspect jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her and attempted to sexually assault her but she was able to fight him off. The female sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to her leg. The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties, blonde or brownish hair, 6’0” in height, wearing a blue plaid shirt and khaki shorts. 

Incident #2: Less than an hour later, at approximately 2:51am, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a second call for a person stabbed in the area of Huntington Avenue and Parker Hill Avenue. On arrival, officers spoke with a female victim who reported she was grabbed from behind and knocked to the ground by an unknown suspect. The victim sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to her hand but was able to escape. The suspect is described as a white male, in his early twenties, brownish wavy hair, between 5’7” to 6’0” in height, wearing a white or grey hoodie and blue jeans. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call District 2 (Roxbury) detectives at 617-343-4275 or Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.

Women walking alone in the area should observe the following safety tips:

• Always be aware of your surroundings especially at night. When parking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.

• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of all passing vehicles.

• Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.

• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.

• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal for help.

• Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are all ways of getting attention and getting help.

• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.

• Call ahead to your destination to let them know that you’re on the way. Be sure they know when to expect you so, in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know to begin looking for you.

• Trust your instincts and realize this: anyone can be a victim of crime. Don’t ever assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”

• If a n unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.

• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.

 

 

Traffic Advisory: Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown

Photo courtesy of boston.com

The Bunker Hill Day Parade and related events will be held in Charlestown this weekend.  Traffic will be detoured and parking will be restricted at various locations.  The Boston Transportation Department is advising drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike to take extra care to obey the rules of the road and to be considerate of others traveling on local streets.  Those coming into the City to attend these events are encouraged to leave their private vehicles at home and take the MBTA.

On Sunday, June 16, the Battle of Bunker Hill Parade will begin at 12:30 PM with 1500 participants lining up in Hayes Square.  The route to be followed is Vine Street to Bunker Hill Street to Main Street to Union Street to Washington Street to Harvard Street to Pleasant Street to Warren Street to Monument Avenue to Monument Square to High Street to Green Street to Bartlett Street to Monument Square to Winthrop Square to Common Street to Park Street.

To accommodate the parade, temporary "Tow Zone, No Stopping, Parade Sunday" parking regulations will be in effect at the following locations.

Vine Street, from Chelsea Street to Bunker Hill Street

Bunker Hill Street, from Vine Street to Main Street

Main Street, from Bunker Hill Street to Union Street

Union Street, from Main Street to Washington Street

Washington Street, from Union Street to Harvard Street

Harvard Street, from Washington Street to Main Street

Pleasant Street, from Main Street to Warren Street

Warren Street, from Pleasant Street to Monument Avenue

Monument Avenue, from Warren Street to Monument Square

Monument Square, from Monument Avenue to Pleasant Street, and from Pleasant Street to Green Street

Green Street, from High Street to Bartlett Street

Bartlett Street, from Green Street to Monument Square

Monument Square, from Concord Street to Lexington Street, and from Lexington Street to Winthrop Street

Winthrop Street, from Monument Square to Common Street

Common Street, (Training Field Side) from Winthrop Street to Park Street

Hunter Street, from Bunker Hill Street to Vine Street

Decatur Street, from Vine Street t #50 Decatur Street

Moulton Street, from Bunker Hill Street to Vine Street

Bunker Hill Street, from Tufts Street to Lowney Way

Chelsea Street, from Fifth Street to Medford Street

On Saturday, June 15, a “Mummers Concert” will take place on Monument Square.  To accommodate the concert, temporary “Tow Zone, No Stopping, Saturday” parking regulations will be in effect at the following location.

Monument Square, from Winthrop Street to Pleasant Street

On Sunday, June 16, the 2 Mile Battle of Bunker Hill Road Race will begin at 9:30 AM at the intersection of First Avenue and Sixth Street in Charlestown.  More than 200 runners are expected to participate.  The route is Chelsea Street, left onto Vine Street, straight onto Bunker Hill Street, left onto Lexington Street, continuing onto Monument Square, right onto High Street, right onto Elm Street, right onto Bunker Hill Street, continuing onto Vine Street, left onto Chelsea Street, right onto Thirteenth Street, right onto First Street.

On Sunday, June 16, the 8K Battle of Bunker Hill Road Race will begin at 9:45 AM at the intersection of First Avenue and Sixth Street in Charlestown.  An estimated 200 runners will make their way from Chelsea Street, right onto Warren Street, straight onto Main Street, right onto Bunker Hill Street, right onto Lowney Way, right onto Adams Street, left onto Common Street, straight onto Park Street, right onto Warren Street, straight onto Main Street, left onto Medford Street, left onto Chelsea Street, right onto Thirteenth Street, right onto First Street.