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July 12th, 2013
06:43 AM ET

DNA evidence points to long-suspected Boston strangler

It was a crime unsolved for decades. Authorities long thought they knew who killed nearly a dozen women in the Boston area in the early 1960s, but they were never sure.

Almost a half century later, CNN’s Susan Candiotti reports, DNA is providing some answers.

“Albert Desalvo confessed to being the notorious Boston strangler, but police never proved it,” Candiotti says.

Of the 11 women the Boston strangler had raped and strangled between 1963 and 64 year, 19-year-old Mary Sullivan is believed to be the Boston strangler's final victim.

“Thanks to new technology, authorities say, they've matched DNA from one of the strangler's relatives to DNA preserved 49 years ago from the crime scene and victim Mary Sullivan,” Candiotti says.

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Filed under: 1960s • Boston • Investigation
June 4th, 2013
06:15 AM ET

Parents of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveal details of their first conversation with son since his arrest – Phil Black reports

The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are revealing details of their only conversation with their son Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since he was placed under arrest. The Tsarnaevs played audio recordings of the conversation during an interview that aired on British television.

CNN’s Phil Black reports that the conversation took place one week ago and that the family was unable to discuss specific details relating to the bombing case itself.

Black says the conversation was “brief but very emotional, as the parents asked lots of questions about their son’s welfare.” Black reports that when Tsarnaev was asked if he was in pain, he reassured his parents he’s doing OK, telling them “he’s been eating for some time, being fed rice and chicken, and he insists that everything’s fine.”

Both parents are maintaining their sons’ innocence, telling British television, “It is terrible what happened you know, but I know that my kids did not do it,” Black reports.

June 3rd, 2013
07:59 AM ET

Seagal with U.S. Congressional Delegation in Russia – Phil Black reports

American film star Steven Seagal joined a congressional delegation in a press conference aimed at counter-terrorism and intelligence cooperation in Moscow Sunday night. CNN's Phil Black reports that the delegation has been meeting with Russian officials to try and determine what lessons can be learned about cooperation between the two countries in the aftermath of the Boston bombings.

The head of the delegation said that it was actually Seagal who was instrumental in setting up some of their meetings. Black says Seagal received “overwhelming praise about the role that he played” and was credited with “setting up very high level meetings within the Russian establishment, particularly with one of Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister’s.”

Seagal himself credited the U.S. Embassy with playing a large role in making the meetings possible. But the actor, who shares an interest in martial arts with Russian President Valdimir Putin, has said in his own words that he is “friends with many presidents in many countries.”

May 14th, 2013
10:19 AM ET

Love & support for bombing suspect

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin takes a deeper look at the countless women who have been publicly professing their love for the Boston terror suspect online. An attraction to notorious criminals is a condition called hybristophilia, and there are plenty of examples in criminal history.

April 18th, 2013
08:38 AM ET

Investigators pinpoint two ‘possible suspects’ for the Boston Marathon bombing – CNN’s Susan Candiotti reports

(CNN) - Investigators have pinpointed two men as "possible suspects" who were seen in images near the finish line of this week's Boston Marathon - moments before twin bombs there exploded, killing three and injuring about 180 others - a law enforcement official said.

READ MORE: Official: Two men sought as possible suspects in Boston bombing

Filed under: Bomb • Boston • Marathon
April 17th, 2013
08:30 AM ET

City of Boston is united in grief for the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing – CNN's Pamela Brown reports

CNN's Pamela Brown reports on the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Filed under: Bomb • Boston • Marathon
April 17th, 2013
07:10 AM ET

CNN's Chris Cuomo speaks with the grandmother of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell

29-year-old bombing victim Krystle Campbell's grandmother, Wilma says she will remember her granddaughter with love. “All my love she’ll be there forever. She’s in my heart. Always is,” says Campbell.

– CNN's Chris Cuomo reports

Filed under: Bomb • Boston • Marathon
April 17th, 2013
06:49 AM ET

Forensic technicians making initial assessments from components found at scene of Marathon bombings – Fmr. Senior NCIS Official weighs in

Investigators are tracking down some two-thousand leads this morning after the twin explosions that occurred on Monday at the Boston Marathon. Officials are also poring over chilling photos showing the remnants of one of the detonated devices. Some of the images show wires, a battery and bits of what appears to be a circuit board. In addition, the FBI is now saying the second bomb was also in some type of metal container. This morning former Senior NCIS Official Robert McFadden weighs in on new investigation details regarding the Boston Marathon bombings.

The information to build an improvised explosive device is “readily available in open sources for books and the internet,” says McFadden.

Currently crime scene processing and forensic technicians are making the initial assessments from components found at the scene and conducting chemical tests to match the pieces with past bombs says McFadden.

The former Senior NCIS Official says secondary fragmentation elements such as “BBs or small nails or other components that would have been inside the pressurized device” may also match up with other past components.

McFadden says however that it is important to keep in mind that because “there’s such a broad spectrum of different individuals and groups that use this kind of simple device” that it could result in “quite some time for detective work.”

Filed under: Bomb • Boston • Marathon
April 17th, 2013
05:24 AM ET

Beware of fake Boston bombing charities – CNN's Christine Romans on helpful tips you should know before donating

CNN's Christine Romans on helpful tips that help distinguish real charities from fake charities as many rush to donate to those who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Filed under: Bomb • Boston • Charity • Marathon
April 17th, 2013
05:12 AM ET

Youngest casualty of the Boston Marathon bombings remembered – CNN's Gary Tuchman reports

CNN's Gary Tuchman on 8 year-old Martin Richard, the youngest casualty of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Filed under: Bomb • Boston • Marathon
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