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Boston Strangler

Two female reporters challenge sexism to uncover links between a series of murders in 1960s Boston.


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In the 1960s, the American city of Boston began to suffer from a series of mysterious murders, in which elderly women were violently killed with nylon stockings tied around their necks. In the investigations of the crimes, two names stood out: journalists Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley) and Jean Cole (Carrie Coon). While the police remained inactive, the two broke down prejudices and became the first to uncover links between the crimes and to show them on the newspaper's front page. This is the story of 'The Boston Strangler', a drama with suspenseful touches, originally from Star+ that follows the behind-the-scenes of this journalistic investigation. In addition to talking a lot about the crime itself and how it actually represented violence against women, the film directed and written by Matt Ruskin (Crown Heights) exalts these two women and shows how difficult and important it is to be so ahead of their time.



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Based on the infamous Boston Strangler murders, this is the true story of Loretta McLaughlin, the first reporter to connect the murders and break the story of the Strangler. She and fellow reporter Jean Cole challenged the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city's most notorious serial killer and worked tirelessly to keep women informed.

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