David Falco Berkowitz (born June 1, 1953) in Brooklyn, New York, better known by his nickname Son of Sam, is an infamous 1970s New York City serial killer who killed six people and wounded several others. His given name was David Falco— Berkowitz was the name of his adoptive parents. His birth parents were Betty Broder who grew up into a poor Jewish family and Tony Falco an Italian-American Catholic.
Berkowitz struggled with being adopted and with the concept that his mother did not want him. His murders began after a three-year enlistment in the U.S. Army. The first occurred on
The "Son of Sam" nickname came from neighbor/landlord Sam Carr. According to Berkowitz, Sam Carr was a "high demon" who sent his "evil"
While Berkowitz originally claimed to receive his orders to kill from his landlord's dog, he now says that story was untrue. He claims to have been a Satanist at the time of the killings. He invited the former priest and exorcist Malachi Martin to visit him to discuss his past occult involvement. He survived at least one attempt on his life in prison, but his behavior in prison early in his sentence earned him the nickname of "David Berserkowitz." Berkowitz became a born-again Christian in 1987 and now works as a chaplain. In March 2002, Berkowitz wrote a letter to
One major side effect of his serial killings were the "Son of Sam laws". The first of these laws was enacted in the state of
The 1999 movie Summer of Sam, directed by Spike Lee, is set against the backdrop of Berkowitz's killing spree. Although Berkowitz, played by Michael Badalucco, features in a number of scenes (including a darkly comical part where Berkowitz hallucinates that his neighbor's black Labrador walks into his apartment and maniacally demands he go out and kill someone), the film is primarily concerned with the oppressive effects of the atmosphere of fear and paranoia on a group of young friends in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx, not far from the Soundview neighborhood in which Berkowitz was raised.
As of 2005 David Berkowitz is said to have been writing his memoirs, which he plans to publish despite outrage from the family members of his victims and victims' rights advocates.
Is it possible that this Serial Killer is now all better and is no longer evil? Perhaps, perhaps not but still he needs o remain in prison. I mean, afterall, would you want him for a neighbor givin his history? Not me!
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