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By The Associated Press
Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

PEABODY, Mass. — Investigators have unearthed the remains of a man who once confessed to being the Boston Strangler in a bid to use forensic evidence to connect him to the death of a woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim.

A bevy of law enforcement officials surrounded Albert DeSalvo's grave on a plot near a lake for Friday's exhumation, which lasted about an hour.

DeSalvo admitting killing Mary Sullivan and 10 other women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964 in a series of slayings. But he recanted in 1973 before dying in prison, where he was serving life for other crimes.

Authorities said that they would take DeSalvo's remains from Peabody to the medical examiner's office in nearby Boston, where they'd take tissue or bone samples for DNA.

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