Hulu’s Boston Strangler Movie Tells the Story of the Real-Life Women Who Solved the Infamous Case
Hulu Film Depicts “Silk Stocking Murders”
Hulu’s new true-crime movie, Boston Strangler, due out on March 17, is an adaptation of the real-life investigation into the murders of 13 women living in and around Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 1960s. The movie is directed and written by Matt Ruskin and showcases the case from the perspective of two journalists, Loretta McLaughlin, played by Keira Knightley, and Jean Cole, played by Carrie Coon, who first uncovered the connections between the killings.
Discrimination and Pressure From All Corners
McLaughlin and Cole, both investigative reporters for the Boston Record American faced a lot of discrimination and pressure about their work in a time when men considered it their territory. They were determined to expose the truth, even though they were warned they might be putting themselves in danger.
The Resourceful Journalists Who Called Attention to the Case
Despite the lack of support, McLaughlin and Cole continued in their pursuit of the truth. Over a couple of years, they published nearly 30 investigative reports about the murders. It was their work that resulted in the Boston Strangler theory.
Detailed to the Point of Compromise?
As the women tried to establish public support for their theory, they came up against resistance from authorities who didn’t see McLaughlin and Cole’s reporting as helpful to the investigation. They suggested that the level of detail included in their reporting could have encouraged copycat crimes.
A Riveting Movie Adaptation
Boston Strangler brings together the result of the investigation in the form of a dramatic movie with some of the best Hollywood talents of our time. The cast includes David Dastmalchian as Albert DeSalvo and Luke Kirby as F. Lee Bailey.
DeSalvo’s Confession and Possible False Accusations
DeSalvo was eventually apprehended for being the “Green Man” criminal, and an inmate in the same prison claimed he had confessed to DeSalvo about the murders. Despite DeSalvo’s e confession, he was never charged with the Boston Strangler murders. Some theories support the idea that the real killer was George Nassar, the inmate who had claimed responsibility for DeSalvo’s confession.
DNA Testing Unveils New Evidence
After almost 40 years of DeSalvo’s death, a DNA analysis ultimately linked DeSalvo to the rape and murder of Mary Sullivan, the last of the victims related to the Boston Strangler case. While the DNA evidence was persuasive, many remain to believe that DeSalvo may not have been the actual killer of the other women involved in the case.