The Son of Sam and Terror of New York



The Son of Sam and Terror of New York

"At one a.m. on July twenty-ninth a man was cruising in the Bronx when he spotted two young women sitting in a parked blue Oldsmobile. He swung around a corner and abandoned his car, pushing the bag-covered pistol into the waistband of his trousers. With his characteristics gait he shuffled back toward the women, Donna Lauria, eighteen, a medical technician, and Jody Valenti, nineteen, a student nurse. They were parked in front on Lauria\'s home; her parents had just returned from a restaurant and had spoken to their daughter before going into the house. Donna had promised to follow in a minute. At 1:10 a.m., the man walked up to the passenger side of the Oldsmobile Cutlass, pulled his revolver from the paper bag, and assumed a semi-crouch. He pulled the trigger five times. (True Crime 1992, 164)
As the car window shattered, Donna Lauria raised her hands to protect herself. One of the .44 caliber bullets struck her in the right side of the neck, killing her quickly. Another bullet hit Jody Valenti in the thigh. She screamed and fell forward, landing on the car horn. The man dashed back to his car and drove away"(True Crime 1992, 164)
This was the start of a terrifying year for New York. A demon was among the city. This demon possessed the mind of a twenty-three-year-old pudgy Jewish man. The demon was a six thousand-year-old spirit, which communicated to him through his neighbor, Sam Carr\'s Labrador retriever. (Reicher 1996)
Born Richard David Falco but better known now as the Son of Sam or the .44 Caliber killer had no real sense of identity from birth. The result of an affair between his mother and her married lover he was unwanted even before birth. As soon as he was born adoption papers had been filed. Unlike many
children stuck in the system for years, the baby was adopted. Pearl and Nat Berkowitz, a Jewish couple, adopted him and changed his name to David Berkowitz. They loved and cared for David more then he ever felt before; this according to psychologist should have erased all former feelings of being unwanted. When David turned fourteen his adoptive mother died. This tore David up inside. A little over a year after his mothers death his father remarried, this left David with a feeling of being abandoned and betrayed. He lived with them for a little while, but unhappy he moved on. He went to join the Army and had a sense of wanting to die for a cause. He found out soon after enrollment that he wasn\'t going to die for any cause
during combat because he was stationed in non-fighting zones. When he couldn\'t find a patriotic cause to die for he clung to his new found religion. He became enthralled in his faith going to services staying there sometimes all day. But this too grew old like many things did for him. He went in search of his biological family. After a long search he was successful in finding his mother and a half sister. By this time, his adoptive father had moved to Florida leaving David with his new found relatives. David had put so much
emphasis on finding his family that his life had deteriorated. He lived in filth and as much darkness he could make in his tiny apartment. He had become even more of a quiet loner, and constant outsider, but now he was turning into to a homicidal lunatic.(True Crime 1992, 160)
Within a year, David Berkowitz\'s killed six people. David claimed to have an evil demon spirit within him, which told him to kill. After he killed, the voices would stop for a while. David left a number of notes at his killings, many of them saying he would never be caught and he was an evil demon. Also
found in his apartment, they discovered writing all over the walls and floor saying of him being a demon and being imprisoned in his own mind. Psychiatrists believed he was paranoid schizophrenic. Another theory, which contributed to this, was an identity crisis. This was due to his being put up for adoption at birth, his mother dying, father