Crime Library’s Denise Noe writes prisoners and they write her back. In the latest in our series, Noe shows us her letters with David Berkowitz.
On the morning of July 29, 1976, David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, took his first victim, Donna Lauria. Police thought it was a mob hit gone wrong or a lone psycho, but it was a serial killer, who, driven by demons, would terrorize the city of New York until he was stopped.
Inventing an evil alter ego is not uncommon for serial killers, in fact some of the most famous ones have claimed that one or more persons living inside them either made them kill, or actually did the killing. Most, however, who tried this multiple personality defense, abandoned it, after discovering that this particular brand of crazy doesn’t get them off the hook.
In August 1977, David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, was arrested and charged with a series of murders. Four months prior to his arrest, a police officer patrolling the area where a young couple had been shot dead found a letter addressed to NYPD Captain Joseph Borrelli. This is the letter in its entirety.
On October 23, 1976, the Son of Sam shot at couple Carl Denaro, 25, and Rosemary Keenan, 38. They were parked when the gunman opened fire, hitting Denaro in the head. Keenan had only superficial wounds from broken glass and was able to drive to a bar and get help for Denaro, who survived the attack.
Convicted Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz was denied early release by a parole board in New York on Monday. Berkowitz has served 35 of his 25-to-life sentence for killing six and wounding two others 1976 and 1977 New York.