A few years ago, I was approached by a team that had made a documentary film about The Boston Strangler. They asked if I could help them adapt the story for a serialized podcast. My first question was, why me, of all people? But soon, as I fell into the story and got to know it more — I realized: Who better to tell the story of a serial killer than a self-conscious feminist who is obsessed with story? This series took a lot of long nights on the parts of a lot of people. If you listen, and it keeps YOU up at night, then we’ve done our job.
It's been 50 years since 13 women were murdered in Boston…and we still don't know who really did it.
In 1964, 19-year-old Mary Sullivan was strangled to death in her apartment, the 13th victim of a killing spree that had terrorized Boston for 18 months. Her death remained unsolved for nearly 50 years. The same is true for a dozen more deaths attributed to The Boston Strangler. In our first episode, we meet Mary, as well as the killer’s first victims, and begin to explore the many unanswered questions that continue to haunt the victims’ families, the police who worked on the case, and the reporters who turned it into a national story.
Listen to all 12 episodes here.