A recent book by a Boston attorney who linked several murders to a single man has attracted the attention of the county prosecutor, and now some old, cold cases are being reopened.
Timothy M. Burke's new book, The Paradiso Files: Boston's Unknown Serial Killer [Amazon; B&N], was issued by Random House. The author, a former prosecutor, posits that Leonard Paradiso was connected to one murder but guilty of as many as seven and had a taste for beating and strangling women in the 1970s and '80s.
The accused man (who was convicted of one murder) died earlier this year in prison, but the Essex County authorities are taking their cue from the author and giving Mr. Paradiso a new, hard look. If the author's theory bears fruit, the investigation could resolve many previously unconnected slayings.
Timothy Burke recently spoke to a Boston TV station about this latest development, which caps his private, years-long investigation. The author predicts that the final result will be the naming of "one of the Boston area's most significant serial killers." I predict a triumph in the offing for the genre.