Hell and Sebastian

Sebastian Junger's hit book The Perfect Storm took us into thrashing ocean waters. He has also reported from such locales as Kosovo, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Sierra Leone. But his new work, A Death in Belmont, takes us to perhaps the most terrifying place of all: American suburbia. Specifically, Belmont, Massachusetts, where in 1963 a housewife named Bessie Goldberg was raped and strangled. Around the same time, the infamous Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, was a few blocks away, working on the house where Sebastian, then a year old, lived with his family. Coincidence? No one's sure — another man, who was black, was arrested and jailed for the crime. Junger uses the case to examine macro issues like race relations and criminal justice — but as always, a thriller lurks at its heart. Meet Junger at 7 p.m.
Thu., May 11, 7 p.m.

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