David Berkowitz

Muna Yowell

Synopsis

David Berkowitz was a American serial killer who murdered six people in New York in 1976-77. He targeted single women and couples. His crimes put the city in panic and caused one the largest manhunts in New York history. Berkowitz was arrested on August 10, 1977, 11 days after his last murder, and was sentenced to 365 years in prison.

History

Richard David Falco, was adopted by Nathan and Pearl Berkowitz when he was a few days old. David was a intelligent but troubled child as a kid. He was really close to his mother and was deeply affected by her death. At the age of 18 he joined the U.S. Army.

After leaving the service he returned to New York City, got a job in the post office and got a apartment in Yonkers. Neighbors and Co-workers thought of him as a quite loner individual, but had no idea how lethal he is.

Victims

"Son of Sam"

In October 1976, Berkowitz shot at a couple sitting in a parked car severely damaging the mans skull. In November 1976 he shot 2 teenage girls walking home, and in April 1977, he killed a couple Valentina Suriani and Alexander Esau in their parked car. Berkowitz final attack n july 3rd, 1977 he shot another couple, Stacy Moskowitz and Bobby Violante. Moskowitz died and violante was blinded from one eye.

Berkowitz then started leaving notes for the olive captain by the crime scene where he called himself "Son of Sam"

All of the shootings were done with a .44 caliber gun.

Arrest

At the scene of the Moskowitz-Violante shooting, a witness saw a man getting away in a car with a parking ticket on it. Only a number of parking tickets were issued that day and one of them was Berkowitz. He was arrested on August 10, 1977, when taken to custody he said " well, you've got me".


During questioning, Berkowitz said that he was commanded to kill by his neighbor Sam Carr, who sent messages to him through Carrs dog. He then was sent to to undergo numerous psychological evaluations and in August 1978 he pleaded guilty to the six killings, receiving 25 years of life to each murder.


Today, Berkowitz is serving a life sentence at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg New York. He has refused to attend any of his parole hearings since he became legible in 2002. Berkowitz says that he its interested in parole because he believes that "Jesus has forgiven him and set him free".