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10 Facts about the Son of Sam killer, David Berkowitz

  1. He said he only committed his crimes and murders because of his neighbors possessed dog. He claimed the possessed dog told him to do all the killings .
  2. David Berkowitz was actually born Richard David Falco before he was adopted by Nathan and Pearl Berkowitz. 
  3. He found religion in prison and now claims to be a born again christian. 
  4. He named himself “the Son of Sam” until he sent the letter with that name he was being called the “.44 caliber killer”.
  5. In 1971 at the age of 18, he joined the United States military where he served in America and South Korea. 
  6. While the song didn’t come out until a month after the killings began he claims the song “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates motivated him to kill. 
  7. He set 1,488 fires in New York and recorded each in his journal before he started killing.  
  8. He claimed at the time of his arrest that he was being forced to kill by a Satanic cult he was in. Some believed his neighbor( with the ‘possessed’ dog) was also a part of the cult.
  9. He inspired the Son of Sam laws. These laws “required the person contracting with the criminal to turn over the criminal’s proceeds to the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Board, which established an escrow account for the benefit of the crime’s victims and publicized the existence of the account.”
  10. His astrological sign is Gemini. 

Six Fun Facts About David Berkowitz

1. He was born Richard David Falco in June 1953; his parents were married Jews having affairs on their spouses. He was adopted at the age of three days by Pearl and Nathan Berkowitz, who gave him their surname and switched around his first names.

2. Berkowitz never knew he was adopted until he was a teenager, and even then he was lied to and told his mother had died giving birth to him. As an adolescent Berkowitz would suffer terrible depressions caused by his belief he had killed his mother.

3. Berkowitz entered the Army at age eighteen and was quickly recognized for his superior sharpshooting ability. His tent mates even nicknamed him “Crack Shot”.

4. Berkowitz tried to murder a woman on at least one occasion before he embarked on his serial murder spree. Roughly six months before he murdered Donna Lauria, Berkowitz had approached a girl in Co Op City and tried to stab her in the chest. Her struggling and screaming scared him so badly that he vowed never to use a knife again.

5. Berkowitz would often spend days looking for ideal victims, and often went back to favorite old “haunts” where he had spotted a potential victim but decided not to kill her. He even returned to the crime scenes of his fatal shootings to relive the sexual thrill of pulling the trigger.

6. Berkowitz has claimed in later years that he operated with a satanic cult during his murder spree, and he had help from members during at least three of the shootings. Berkowitz called this cult “The Twenty Two Disciples Of Hell” and stated that they are responsible for dozens of civilian “sacrifices” per year, including his murder spree and the notorious unsolved homicide of student Arlis Perry.

David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco; June 1, 1953), also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in New York City in the summer of 1976, perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver. He killed six victims and wounded seven others by July 1977. As the toll mounted, Berkowitz eluded a massive police manhunt while leaving brazen letters that mocked the police and promised further crimes, highly publicized in the press. He terrorized New York and achieved worldwide notoriety.

Berkowitz was arrested by New York City police homicide detectives in August 1977, and was indicted for eight shooting incidents. He confessed to all of them, and claimed to have been obeying the orders of a demon, manifested in the form of a dog (“Harvey”) who belonged to his neighbor (“Sam”). Despite his explanation, Berkowitz was found mentally competent and incarcerated in state prison for murder. In the course of further police investigation, Berkowitz was also implicated in many unsolved arsons in the city. Intense coverage of the case by the media lent almost a celebrity status to Berkowitz, and observers noted indignantly that he appeared to enjoy it. In response, the New York State legislature enacted new legal statutes, known popularly as “Son of Sam laws”, designed to keep criminals from profiting financially from the publicity surrounding their crimes. Despite various amendments and legal challenges, the statutes have remained law in New York, and similar laws have been enacted in several other states. Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively. In the mid-1990s, he amended his confession to claim that he had been a member of a violent Satanic cult which orchestrated the incidents as ritual murder. He remains the only person ever charged with the shootings, yet some law enforcement authorities have questioned whether Berkowitz’s claims are credible. A new investigation into the murders was launched in 1996, but was suspended indefinitely after inconclusive findings.