City of Fear: Photos From the Boston Strangler Era, 1963

Lighting a cigarette she could jam into an assailant's eye, a Boston student walks home with hatpin on her sleeve -- a deadly stilleto ready for fast thrust.
Art Rickerby
'60s
Art Rickerby—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

LIFE.com recalls the chilling era of the Boston Strangler with a series of photos from a city gripped by fear in the early 1960s. Read More

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