A Death in Belmont

A Death in Belmont

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Baker & Taylor
Documents the events surrounding the early 1960s serial murder case of the Boston Strangler, recounting how an innocent African-American housekeeper was hastily convicted and how the actual killer, carpenter Albert DeSalvo, eventually confessed.

Norton Pub
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.
A fatal collision of three lives in the most intriguing and original crime story since In Cold Blood.

Book News
Junger, the author of the bestseller The Perfect Storm, uses his family's brush with murder and with the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, who was a handyman at the Junger's home, to explore race and justice in America. Junger's story follows three lives that collide in the midst of one of the most controversial serial murder cases in America. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in the quiet suburb of 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 arrested, tried, and 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 who had often spent time there alone with Sebastian and his mother, confessed in lurid detail to being the Boston Strangler.
This is the point of entry to Junger's book: a narrowly averted tragedy for Junger's family opens out into an electrifying exploration of race and justice in America. By turns exciting and subtle, the narrative chronicles three lives that collide - and are ultimately destroyed - in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the events surrounding the early 1960s serial murder case of the Boston Strangler, recounting how an innocent African-American housekeeper was hastily convicted and how the actual killer, carpenter Albert DeSalvo, eventually confessed. First serial, Vanity Fair. 300,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Norton, 2006
ISBN: 9780393059809
0393059804
Characteristics: xi, 266 p. : ill ; 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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