Asked about the 2001 exhumation last May, Glynn said, “We prefer to leave people at rest.” This time a judge’s order overcame any reluctance to bring up the remains.
DeSalvo admitted to being the Strangler then retracted his confession. He was convicted of separate sexual assaults and sentenced to prison, where he was murdered in 1973. Due partly to a lack of physical evidence, questions over whether he actually was the killer have lingered ever since.
According to the Associated Press, a spokesman for Suffolk County says tissue or bone samples will be taken for study at an independent lab. Authorities continue to comb through evidence files and hope to find samples to do DNA testing in connection with the other Strangler-linked killings.