Boston attorney Timothy M. Burke's new book, The Paradiso Files: Boston's Unknown Serial Killer [Amazon; B&N], was issued by Random House. The author posits that Leonard Paradiso was connected to one murder but guilty of as many as seven.
If the author's credentials, subject matter, and publisher aren't endorsement enough, the book has already been hailed as a page-turner. Said Kirkus Reviews: "This deserves mention alongside Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter (1974) and Robert Graysmith’s Zodiac (1986) as a stellar exploration of the soul of a mass murderer." That's quite a set of comparisons in this genre.
The accused man died on Feb. 28, 2008 - nine days after the book was released - and took his secrets with him.
One of those secrets may well have been his involvement in the disappearance of Harvard student Joan Webster, a missing persons case that was widely publicized in the early 1980s.