Infamous serial killer David Berkowitz, who dubbed himself “Son of Sam,” is in hospital for treatment. Why is he there? Is his long imprisonment coming to its ultimate end? We did some snooping and we may have some of the answers that you are looking for.
The “Son of Sam”
David Berkowitz’s murder spree started in New York on July 29, 1976 and ended with his arrest over a year later in 1977. Berkowitz killed six people and wounded seven more.
In his original confession, Berkowitz blamed a demon in the form of a dog for ordering him to kill. Berkowitz later walked back on this claim and blamed his inadequacy with women instead. During his yearlong rampage, he primarily sought out young female victims.
In the mid-1990s, he claimed that the killings were orchestrated by a satanic cult to which he belonged.
Berkowitz plead guilty to all the murder charges in 1978, making him eligible for parole. He was sentenced to 25 years to life for each murder, to be served consecutively.
It’s worth noting that many believe Berkowitz didn’t act alone, or at the very least that he took the blame for shootings he did not commit. A new investigation of the murders began in 1996, but it was suspended indefinitely after inconclusive findings.
David Berkowitz Now
David Berkowitz was eventually sent to the Attica Correctional Facility in New York State, where he served out a decade of his sentence. By all reports, he has been nothing but a model prisoner.
In 1987, Berkowitz became an evangelical Christian in prison after reading a Bible given to him by another inmate.
Most recently, he was transferred to the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in New York State.
Berkowitz has been eligible for parole since 2002. He comes up for parole hearings every two years, but he has consistently refused to ask for his release.
In a letter to then New York Governor George Pataki in 2002, Berkowitz wrote, “In all honesty, I believe that I deserve to be in prison for the rest of my life. I have, with God’s help, long ago come to terms with my situation and I have accepted my punishment.”
The now 64-year-old Berkowitz was recently transferred from Shawangunk to a hospital, according to authorities. They have not officially disclosed why Berkowitz is in hospital, but according to sources, he is suffering from a heart ailment and in need of surgery.
Officials have also not confirmed which hospital he was transferred to, but a New York paper named Albany Medical Center Hospital as Berkowitz’s destination.