David Richard Berkowitz (Son of Sam)

For 13 months, during 1976 to 1977, David Berkowitz, “Son of Sam” or “The .44-Caliber Killer,” held the attention of millions of people in New York City and across the country. On eight “hunting” forays, he shot 13 young men and women, killing 6 of them. Seven others were severely injured after he fired on young women or couples parked in their cars at night. Investigators finally tracked him down through a parking ticket placed on his car while he was in the area looking for a victim. They expected the killer to be a monster but instead found a well-mannered, 24-year-old postal worker, who lived alone. His apartment was filthy, littered with liquor bottles, and the walls scratched with graffiti. On one area of ...

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