New movie to explore bizarre hunt for the Boston Strangler

A new movie about the Boston Strangler is in the works, and it will focus in part on a man who claimed psychic powers to help police investigate one of America’s most notorious serial killer cases.

“Stranglehold” will tell the story of the Boston Strangler Task Force and the strange involvement of Dutch-born psychic Peter Hurkos. The special unit was set up to capture the man behind nearly a dozen unsolved murders of women between 1962 and 1964.

Factory worker Albert DeSalvo confessed to the killings while imprisoned for unrelated crimes but was never charged. In 2013, DNA tests confirmed he killed the last victim and likely was responsible for the other slayings.

Director Barry Levy (LEE’-vee) grew up near Boston and says he’s always wanted to make a movie about the case.

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