Atlas Obscura is organizing trips! Join us on an adventure »
Today Only: 50% off Atlas Obscura books and calendars at Barnes & Noble »

Peabody, Massachusetts

Grave of the Boston Strangler

Grave of the man supposedly responsible for a series of infamous murders in Boston in the 1960s. 

From 1962 to 1964, the Boston Strangler sexually assaulted and strangled around a dozen women who ranged in age from 19 to 85, gripping the city in terror. Nine months after the last murder, Albert DeSalvo was arrested for an unrelated series of sexual assaults he committed all over New England, which earned him the nickname “The Green Man” for the distinctive green workpants he wore. While in jail awaiting trial, he confessed to being the Boston Strangler, however, it was the Green Man assaults and not the Boston Strangler murders for which he was finally convicted and sentenced.

Many actually believe that DeSalvo was not the Boston Strangler at all, due to the fact that there was no physical evidence connecting him to the crime. Others believe that the Boston Strangler was figment of the media since the crimes varied widely in victim profile and methodology, and some even think that the Boston Strangler was DeSalvo’s cell mate, George Nassar.

Wherever the truth lies, in 1973 after six years of incarceration for his Green Man crimes, DeSalvo was found stabbed to death in his jail cell. Unlike most violent criminals, he ended up buried in a publicly accessible space.

The grave is located at the 140-acre Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody, MA, in a cemetery has no tombstones. Instead, small bronze plaques are inset flush with the ground, making the discovery of a particular plaque near impossible without directions.

DeSalvo’s grave is located near the intersection of Cummings Way and Endicott Drive.

Adapted with Permission from: The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker

Contributed by
JWOcker
Edited by