A Death in Belmont

A Death in Belmont

Book - 2006
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In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues. On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo--the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimes--is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide--and ultimately are destroyed--in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2006.
ISBN: 9780393059809
Characteristics: xi, 266 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.


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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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