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Boston Accent - This Boston accent should not be stagey or over-the-top. We would like this younger man to sound intelligent and articulate while maintaining his Boston accent where appropriate.
In June, 1962, Anna Slessers was found strangled and sexually assaulted in her apartment. So began an 18-month killing spree that would brutally claim the lives of 12 more women in the Boston area. The ensuing investigation involved multiple police jurisdictions, scores of detectives and hundreds of suspects. Yet investigators came up empty. Then the murders stopped.
In the winter of 1965, Albert DeSalvo, recently imprisoned for rape, unexpectedly confessed to being the Boston Strangler. His recounting of each murder was vividly and stunningly detailed, convincing authorities of his guilt and bringing the investigation to a close. Yet some detectives and researchers were not so sure, pointing to crucial mistakes in his confessions, the availability of crime scene information from other sources and political pressure to solve the case. The murders were too different, many asserted, for one serial killer to have committed them all.
As the years passed, public opinion swung away from the idea that Albert DeSalvo was the Boston Strangler. In 2000, his and a victim’s bodies were exhumed and an independent DNA test indicated that he was not the murderer of at least one of the victims, 19-year-old Mary Sullivan, the final victim of the Boston Strangler.
On July 11, 2013, however, Massachusetts authorities shocked the world by announcing that they had recently conducted their own DNA test using crime scene evidence and concluded that Albert DeSalvo was, in fact, Mary Sullivan’s killer. A 50-year-old murder had suddenly been solved, but in its wake a series of new questions arose. Did DeSalvo kill any of the other women? All of them? Had it been true all along? Was he the Boston Strangler or merely a copycat killer?
Confessions of the Boston Strangler is about a city mad with fear, desperate to end a nightmare that is gruesomely cutting down its most vulnerable citizens. The two-hour documentary special is also about the dark recesses of a killer’s mind, and how the power of storytelling can change the course of history.
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Was Albert DeSalvo the Boston Strangler? 50 years after the killing spree that paralyzed Boston, new DNA evidence sheds light on his guilt. Yet despite breakthroughs in forensics, at the heart of the story a sinister psycho-sexual enigma remains. 2014-04-16 14:23:47 GMT 2014-04-21 10:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 14 14 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 25 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 14 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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SHE LEFT HER NATIVE LATVIA 35 YEARS AGO.
HER QUIET LIFE ON GAINSBORO STREET REVOLVES AROUND A PASSION FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC AND DEVOTION TO THE LATVIAN CHURCH.
AFTER DINNER, HER ADULT SON JURIS WILL BRING HER TO A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE WAR HEROES OF HER NATIVE LAND.
AS EVENING APPROACHES, SHE PREPARES A BATH.
AT 7:30, WHEN SHE FAILS TO RESPOND TO HIS KNOCK, JURIS FORCES HIS WAY INTO HIS MOTHER’S HOME,
WAGNER’S TRISTAN AND ISOLDE SPINS SILENTLY ON THE RECORD PLAYER.
OUTSIDE THE BATHROOM, IMMEDIATELY, HE SEES HER BRUTALIZED BODY.
DINATALE CREATES A CAREFUL RECORD OF THE CRIME SCENE …
THE DETECTIVES METICULOUSLY NOTE EVERY ASPECT OF ANNA SLESSERS’ MURDER, SCOURING THE APARTMENT FOR CLUES. NO EVIDENCE OF FORCED ENTRY CAN BE FOUND.
THE PLACE HAS BEEN RANSACKED, BUT VALUABLES APPEAR UNTOUCHED.
AND... NO EVIDENCE OF FORCED ENTRY CAN BE FOUND.
DINATALE METICULOUSLY DOCUMENTS THE RICHLY ECCENTRIC CRIME SCENE. THOUGH HIGHLY UNUSUAL, IT YIELDS NO DIRECT LINKS TO THE KILLER.
BOSTON’S MORNING PAPERS CARRY FRONT PAGE ITEMS ABOUT THE MURDER...
NOTING ITS UNCOMMON BRUTALITY IN SOME, THOUGH NOT ALL, OF ITS DISTURBING DETAIL.
BUT THE REMARKABLE KILLING OF AN UNREMARKABLE CITIZEN REGISTERS ONLY AS A CURIOSITY BELOW THE LOCAL HEADLINES.
FORMER STATE SENATOR AND FAVORITE SON JOHN F. KENNEDY IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, MAKING BOSTON SEEM THE HOMETOWN OF THE NATION.
THE VERY MORNING ANNA SLESSERS WAS KILLED, ALAN SHEPARD THE NATION’S FIRST ASTRONAUT, DREW 100,000 PEOPLE TO BOSTON COMMON.
ELSEWHERE, THE PULSE OF THE NATION IS QUICKENING WITH NEW FREEDOMS AND VOICES OF CHANGE.
IN A SEA OF SHIFTING ATTITUDES, A LITTLE BLUE PILL THREATENS TO UNDERMINE THE VALUES OF BOSTON’S CATHOLIC COMMUNITY.
THE POLICE CLASSIFY ANNA SLESSERS’ MURDER AS A “HOUSEBREAKING – WITH COMPLICATIONS.”
YET PRIVATELY, THE DETAILS OF THE CRIME SCENE TROUBLE THEM.
IF ROBBERY WAS THE MOTIVE, WHY WAS NOTHING STOLEN? WHY NO SIGNS OF BREAK IN?
AND HOW TO EXPLAIN A BODY POSED IN SUCH A GROTESQUE FASHION?
JUNE 30TH, LYNN MASSACHUSETTS
10 MILES NORTH OF BOSTON …
AT APPROXIMATELY 8 AM, NEIGHBORS WILL SAY, HELEN BLAKE WAS SEEN SHAKING A RUG OUT OF HER APARTMENT WINDOW.
THE CLOSE KNIT GROUP OF WOMEN WATCH OVER EACH OTHER...
THEY GATHER FREQUENTLY, TO LISTEN TO MUSIC, OR PLAY A GAME OF CARDS.
AT DUSK LYNN POLICE FIND THAT THE 65 YEAR OLD PRACTICAL NURSE HAS BEEN STRANGLED WITH TWO STOCKINGS AND A BRASSIER WRAPPED AROUND HER NECK AND TIED IN BOWS.
HER BODY HAS BEEN SEXUALLY VIOLATED.
AGAIN, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF A BREAK IN.
TWO BOTTLES OF DELIVERED MILK THAT WERE BROUGHT INSIDE HELEN BLAKE’S APARTMENT TIP INVESTIGATORS TO HER TIME OF DEATH
....AND WITHIN 8 HOURS ANOTHER WOMAN IS MURDERED IN BOSTON.
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