A Death in Belmont Author:Sebastian Junger A fatal collision of three lives in the most intriguing and original crime story since In Cold Blood. — 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 po... more »lice 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 DeSalvothe man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimesis also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collideand ultimately are destroyedin the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.« less
Don't miss this fantastic true crime story. This comes from Junger's own childhood and delves into how a crime impacts his family and relates to a much, much bigger crime spree circa 1960's in his own state of Massachusetts. Written in Junger's minute by minute action style, you can't put this book down. At once almost unbelievable and at the same time completely chilling.
This is an interesting account of the author's family's very close brush with the "Boston Strangler," as well as the corresponding conviction of a black man for what could very likely have been one of the infamous stranglings.
I started reading this book, stopped and read the back cover and deicded I probably wouldn't like it since it is a true account of a real crime (not a fan of those types of books) Decided to give it my mandatory 50 pages - I'm glad I did. While I wouldn't say I'm enjoying the book --can you enjoy reading about a true murder?-- I am glad I decided to read it. Well written account that reads as though you were actually there. Recommended. A little graphic, but not too bad. (position of body and such)
It's definitely not as good as his prior book, A Perfect Storm. The story about how his family had Albert DeSalvo working in their house when one of the supposed Boston Strangler killings took place in town is fascinating. But, I had the strong feeling that the author didn't have enough for a full book with this story alone, so he added information about the 1960's that I didn't feel was needed.
All in all, I found it interesting, but it will appeal most to those who are very interested in the story surrounding the Boston Strangler. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered, so it is ultimately unfulfilling.
This book was written by the same man who wrote The Perfect Storm so I was expecting a great read that would hold my interest. I am from New England and remember being very frightened of "The Boston Strangler" as I walked to and from school in the early 60s. Unfortunately the book lost my interest after the beginning chapter when the author told his story of his father hiring a handy man to help with some remodeling at their home. The handy man turned out to be Albert DeSalvo.