- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Strangler's family wants prosecutors to reopen case
BOSTON -- Relatives of a man long-suspected of being the Boston Strangler on Friday accused prosecutors of stonewalling rather than reopening the case using new DNA evidence to find the real culprit.
The families of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to the murders but later recanted, said authorities have ignored inconsistencies between DeSalvo's confession and the 11 killings.
A team of forensic scientists exhumed the body of Mary Sullivan, believed to be the strangler's last victim, more than a year ago and DeSalvo's body six weeks ago. They revealed Thursday that tests on her clothing and remains found DNA from two individuals other than Sullivan -- neither was DeSalvo.
But Julian Soshnick, a prosecutor who worked on the original investigation, said the new tests do not prove DeSalvo's innocence.
Soshnick said DeSalvo accurately described what type of ligatures were used and how he tied them around the victims' necks.