Directed by Myles David Jewell
STRANGLEHOLD: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler explores why Phil DiNatale befriended the man he spent three years of his life hunting and how the fame of the case affected him and his family.
Being the son of a cop is different than being the daughter of a cop. It is especially true when your father is Detective Phil DiNatale, one of the lead investigators on the 1960’s case of the Boston Strangler. It is even more bizarre when he wrote letters and befriended the serial killer he spent three years of his life chasing.
As seen by Phil’s grandson, Myles David Jewell, STRANGLEHOLD: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler weaves together daughter Jean’s memories of teenage years filled with sordid embarrassment resulting in a permanence of instilled fear; whereas son John feels the case is a source of pride and the legacy he lives under.
Part historical film, part personal documentary, the opposing points of view provide a complex account of the effects this sensational case had on the family of one of its investigators. As Myles documents the process of his family telling Phil’s story by piecing together this journey of a cop– his family and posterity, Myles comes to find out that it was no longer about whether or not DeSalvo killed anybody, and more about how the fame of the case affected his grandfather and wove itself into three generations of one family.
Myles David Jewell received his Master of Arts from New York University in Cinema Studies and a Certificate in the Program of Culture and Media. In May 2008, he completed a documentary, My Mom’s Name is Jean? where he moves home for thirty days to call his mom by her first name in hopes of trying to retire from his adolescence and get to know his mom as more than mother. The half hour piece has played film festivals in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Myles has most recently been working full time on two features,STRANGLEHOLD: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler and Another Day in Paradise. He also bides his time making other short experimental and essay films. He started a production company, Pennington Productions, which produces shorts, promos, features, music, writing, and aims to conduct education workshops to promote media literacy in under privileged areas.