0.9 min readBy Published On: September 6th, 2021Categories: News0 Comments on Convicted Rapist Charged with a 1988 South Boston Rape + Murder

NBC10 Boston is reporting that a man in custody for a 1990 rape conviction has been indicted on a murder charge in the sexual assault and strangling of a woman in South Boston in 1988.

Richard Vega, 59, is expected to be arraigned in the killing of Judy Chamberlain later this month. Chamberlain was found dead in the basement of the former Fargo Building, 451 D St. on July 28, 1988.

Vega, who raped an elderly woman in Revere in 1987, was identified through DNA evidence as a suspect in the South Boston strangling in 2011, but prosecutors felt they needed more evidence to bring charges. Investigation continued through District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ cold-case reinvestigation effort PUSH – the Project for Unsolved Suffolk Homicides – more evidence was uncovered and presented to a grand jury.

Vega was civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person in 2008, when his prison sentence of up to 20 years for the 1987 rape in Revere was ending.

You can read more details about this case here. 

 

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