In 1963, suburban Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a sex murder that fits the Boston Strangler's pattern. The police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house. Smith is hastily convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continues. But on the day of the Belmont murder, Albert DeSalvo the man who eventually confessed to the Strangler's crimes is also in town, working as a carpenter at the Jungers home. In this powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles one of America's first and most controversial serial murder cases.