A Death in Belmont

A Death in Belmont

Large Print - 2006
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In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in Belmont, just a few blocks from the house of Sebastian Junger's family -- a murder that seemed to fit exactly the pattern of the Strangler. Roy Smith, a black man who had cleaned the victim's house that day, was convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continued.

Two years later, Albert DeSalvo, a handyman who had been working at the Jungers' home on the day of the Belmont murder, and had often spent time there alone with Sebastian and his mother, confessed in lurid detail to being the Boston Strangler.

By turns exciting and subtle, A Death in Belmont chronicles three lives that collide -- and are ultimately destroyed -- in the vortex of one of the most controversial serial murder cases in America. The power of the story and the brilliance of Junger's reporting place this book on the short shelf of classics beside In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2006
Edition: 1st Harper large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780061126666
Branch Call Number: LP 364.15230974461 Jun 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 387 p. :,ill


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ChristchurchLib Jul 16, 2013

"When he was just a year old, Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm) lived in Belmont, Massachusetts, close to where a 1963 murder occurred during the Boston Strangler's reign of terror. African-American cleaning man Roy Smith was convicted of the killing, though he claimed he was innocent. At the time, Italian-American Albert DeSalvo was working on a renovation project at the Junger house - and he later confessed to all of the Boston Strangler murders except the one in Belmont. Junger painstakingly reexamines the lives of DeSalvo and Smith, considering the possibilities that DeSalvo might not have been the Strangler and that Smith was both a victim of racism and in the wrong place at the wrong time." July 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=656325ff

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