Who plays Jean Cole in Boston Strangler movie on Hulu?

The Boston Strangler from 20th Century Fox
The Boston Strangler from 20th Century Fox /

Have you heard of the real-life Boston Strangler who was on the loose in the ’60s? The then-mysterious and infamous murderer terrorized Boston, Massachusetts – especially women as they were the victims. The new Hulu movie named after the man himself, Albert DeSalvo, is now streaming.

The historical crime drama focuses on two reporters who work at the Record American newspaper and covered the stories extensively while police were looking for the man behind it all. Those ladies were Loretta McLaughlin, played by Keira Knightley, and Jean Cole. The two work together, despite superiors not thinking they had a place in investigative journalism, to try and uncover the truth – even if it puts their lives at risk.

So who was the real life Jean Cole? Who is the actress portraying her in the film? We’ve got the answers for you below!

Who is Jean Cole in Boston Strangler?

In around 1963, McLaughlin enlisted the help of Cole as both were working at the real-life newspaper. McLaughlin is the first reporter to put together that the murders happening were connected, and created the name “The Boston Strangler” as she referenced him in her publications.

Cole was also a real investigative journalist who covered multiple stories and reports about the murderer with McLaughlin. According to The Cinemaholic, the two faced prejudice with both their superiors and law enforcement who didn’t think this kind of reporting should be done by women. Nonetheless, they proved themselves to be more than capable and talented enough to do it!

The news outlet shares that Cole started at the paper in 1944 as a “copy boy” and worked her way up. She stayed at the job through the years until she retired in 1981. The reporter died of natural causes in August 2015 at 89 years old, The Cinemaholic reports.

Who plays Jean Cole in Boston Strangler?

The actress who plays the impressive writer is Carrie Coon! The talent started her career in theatre, gaining attention in 2010 with her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on stage. Then in that same year, the movie Gone Girl served as her film debut.

In 2014, she got a lead role in television as Nora Durst in HBO series The Leftovers. Over the years, she’s also known for her roles in other shows like Gloria Burgle in Fargo, Vera Walker in The Sinner, and Bertha Russell in The Gilded Age on HBO. When it comes to movies, you’ll recognize her as Meg Greenfield in The Post, Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War, and Callie Spengler in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Boston Strangler is now streaming on Hulu.

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