• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on BU Alum With Tie to Boston Strangler Applauds Hulu’s “Myth”-Busting Movie

  1. As a BU student during the “Boston Strangler’s” reign of terror, I appreciate some of the new information obtained from Casey’s investigative reporting. I remember being horrified at the events while it was my first time living in a big city. My roommate and I agreed to never open the apartment door to anyone we did not know. There was no peephole in our door, which would have been a great safety feature. Thanks for the most recent updates to a both magical and frightening time in my life.

  2. Hulu’s March 17, 2023 debut presentation was a Women’s History Month gem which floored me and also really ticked me off. Like Casey Sherman, I also began a career in journalism, in part, because of my interest in the sensational Boston-area strangulation murder spree. I even got a degree in journalism from the same university where one of the two intrepid, dogged women reporters, who made the connection between the crimes, also studied and graduated. So why did it take 45 years since I first stepped foot on Boston University’s campus for me to find out about the remarkable work and career milestones of Loretta (McDermott) McLaughlin-Becker (who died at the age of 90 in 2018), BU COM 1949, and her co-worker at the Boston Record American Jean (Cole) Harris (who passed in 2015 at the age of 89). I should have been told about these women in JO 101. Someone at BU should have, at least, boasted to us about the trailblazing path of alum Loretta. Talk about “burying the lede.” Shame on BU for not recognizing a woman’s worth. I’m grateful to Hulu for providing a platform for this movie to be seen but I’m also ticked off at Hulu and all the other streaming platforms which have been hoarding some of their most impactful and creative projects so that they’re only seen by their limited subscriber base rather than by the widest theatrical audience possible. Nonetheless, if you subscribe to Hulu, I recommend you give “Boston Strangler” a look. Also, a footnote, streaming rivals Apple and Amazon recently announced they plan to invest in more big screen theatrical releases going forward.

  3. Great interview with Casey Sherman in Bostonia about “Boston Strangler”! I have a suggested follow-up article for Rich Barlow, on something I surprisingly haven’t seen referenced anywhere, including BU and Boston publications. It’s been reported in many current articles that the true name of the person referred to in the movie as “Daniel Marsh” was never revealed by the police. Other media have sometimes referred to the individual by the pseudonym “David Parker.” So why did the writer / director of “Boston Strangler,” Matt Ruskin, pick “Daniel Marsh” as the pseudonym for this person? Surely it can’t be a coincidence that “Daniel Marsh’s” ex-girlfriend was a Boston University student who sang in the school’s choir, and Boston University’s chapel, Marsh Chapel, is named after the school’s former president (1926-1951) Daniel L Marsh! How does the family of the former president (who passed away in 1968, after the Strangler murders took place) feel about his name being appropriated for a suspected murderer?!?

  4. I worked in the Mental Health Department of the Florida Department of Corrections for many years. I worked with “serial killers” and sociopaths. I also had occasion to work with those who confessed to crimes in order to receive their”fifteen minutes of fame”. I couldn’t really tell one from the other. I also was a student at BU during the time of the Boston Strangler Murders, and I remember seeing the Tony Curtis movie. I will definitely watch the Hulu version. I find it interesting that some of my fellow graduates went into the same field that I chose.
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    March 26, 2023

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