A Death in Belmont

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HarperCollins, May 23, 2006 - True Crime - 400 pages
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In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in Belmont, just a few blocks from the house of Sebastian Junger's family -- a murder that seemed to fit exactly the pattern of the Strangler. Roy Smith, a black man who had cleaned the victim's house that day, was convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continued.

Two years later, Albert DeSalvo, a handyman who had been working at the Jungers' home on the day of the Belmont murder, and had often spent time there alone with Sebastian and his mother, confessed in lurid detail to being the Boston Strangler.

By turns exciting and subtle, A Death in Belmont chronicles three lives that collide -- and are ultimately destroyed -- in the vortex of one of the most controversial serial murder cases in America. The power of the story and the brilliance of Junger's reporting place this book on the short shelf of classics beside In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter.

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User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

This is a documentary on the Boston Strangler and Roy Smith who was a black man charged with killing a Boston surburb housewife. The murder had all the ear marks for the Boston Strangler but at the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

Probably a 3.5 but I'll be generous. Very interesting and eye-opening. A good overall read. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

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