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Albert DeSalvo’s Family Furious About Secret DNA Collection

By Bridget Murphy, Associated Press
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Albert DeSalvo (WBZ-TV file image)

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BOSTON (AP) — The family of a deceased man suspected of being the Boston Strangler is outraged police secretly followed his nephew to collect DNA for new tests.

Read: Boston Strangler Timeline

Attorney Elaine Sharp says Albert DeSalvo’s family also believes there’s still reasonable doubt he killed the Strangler’s last supposed victim, even if additional DNA tests show a 100 percent match.

Authorities said Thursday new tests led them to conclude DeSalvo is a 99.9 percent match to DNA found on Mary Sullivan’s body.

They’ve obtained a court order to exhume his body for further testing.

Sharp says private tests show other male DNA was present that didn’t match DeSalvo.

But authorities say their evidence was preserved in a lab, while evidence used in private testing was questionable.

DeSalvo confessed to the killings but recanted before dying in prison in 1973.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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