Everyone knows the story of the Boston Strangler. Fewer people know the tale of The Giggler, Boston’s lesser known serial killer. The victims fit no pattern, they were a young boy and girl, a grown man, and an old lady. The Giggler would simply feel what he described as an irresistible urge to kill.
The Gruesome Tale of the Giggler
- Listen to the Giggler’s chilling 911 call and later interrogation tape.
- Read a blog post about the Giggler that we drew heavily from for the episode.
- About the Paramount Hotel fire.
This Week in Boston History
- Massachusetts militia begin the assault on Louisbourg, June 12, 1758.
- The retreating British blow up Boston Light on Little Brewster Island, June 13, 1776.
- The Boston Strangler claims his first victim, June 14, 1962.
- Margaret Jones is the first woman executed for “witchcraft” in Massachusetts, June 15, 1648.
- The Grand National Peace Jubilee opens at Boston Coliseum, June 16, 1869.
- Abigail Adams writes to John with news of the Battle of Bunker Hill and Joseph Warren’s death, June 17, 1775.
- In Episode 6, learn how Boston reacted to the revocation of the royal charter for Massachusetts Bay Colony, June 18, 1681.