Meet David Berkowitz, One Of The Worst Serial Killers Of All Time

I think we can agree that all serial killers are awful human beings, but some are far worse than others.

This is especially true for David Berkowitz, who called himself the “Son of Sam.” This man terrorized the people of New York City from 1976 to 1977.

Though police launched a massive manhunt against him, he not only eluded them, but he also left letters that taunted them and threatened more killings. And because of the press’s coverage of his letters, he became one of the world’s most notorious serial killers.

Berkowitz was born as Richard David Falco in 1953, but he had been the product of his mother, Elizabeth Broder’s affair with Joseph Klineman, a married man who wanted nothing to do with his newborn son. Worried that Klineman would leave her if she kept their baby, she gave him away a few days after he was born.

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The baby was quickly adopted by Pearl and Nathan Berkowitz, who renamed him David Richard Berkowitz. Though his birth mother was still alive, they told their new son that she had died during childbirth.

He had a great childhood in the Bronx, but he became a troubled boy nonetheless.

Berkowitz hated school because he was constantly bullied for being adopted and he often had nightmares as a result of his morbid fascination with horror movies. He also carried horrible guilt because he believed that he was responsible for his biological mother’s death.

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The only joy he seemed to get out of life was being with his mother, Pearl. But his dark side began to show when he secretly poisoned her pet parakeet because he was jealous of the attention it took away from him.

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Though he adored his mother, he would scream at her and call her names at times. She took him to a child psychologist when he was 10, but it didn’t help.

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Right before Pearl died of breast cancer when he was 14, Berkowitz yelled that he hated her and he hoped she would die. It was the last thing he would ever say to her.

In 1971, Berkowitz joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served in South Korea. He was discharged in 1974 and returned to New York. This is when his adopted father, Nathan, told him that his birth mother hadn’t actually died. The young man decided to find his birth parents.

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But after searching for months and coming up with nothing, he joined a cult of Satan worshipers to feel a sense of belonging. He took a liking to their dark rituals instantly, and even made a blood pact that he would serve the Devil.

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Meanwhile, after a year of searching for his birth mother, he finally came in contact with her. However, he was soon horrified to discover the truth about his real father, whom he previously believed to be Tony Falco, her first husband.

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He became enraged at this news, but he buried it deep inside and began seeing his mother less and less, quelling a deep desire to kill her and the rest of his birth family.

His murderous rage finally manifested itself when he stabbed a teenage girl named Michelle Forman with a hunting knife in 1975. Fortunately, she survived, but he never became a suspect and quickly moved to Yonkers, New York.

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Unfortunately for the people of New York City, however, his murder spree was only just beginning. In 1976, he began targeting young women and couples in a series of shooting attacks.

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His killings were highly publicized and he quickly became known as the “.44 Caliber Killer” after his weapon of choice — but nobody knew his real identity.

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Berkowitz ended up killing six people and injuring seven by 1977, when his nicknamed changed to the “Son of Sam” after police found a handwritten letter taunting them near the bodies of Alexander Esau and Valentina Suriani, a couple he had murdered.

In full, it read:

I am deeply hurt by your calling me a women hater. I am not. But I am a monster. I am the “Son of Sam.” I am a little “brat”. When father Sam gets drunk he gets mean. He beats his family. Sometimes he ties me up to the back of the house. Other times he locks me in the garage. Sam loves to drink blood. “Go out and kill” commands father Sam. Behind our house some rest. Mostly young — raped and slaughtered — their blood drained — just bones now. Papa Sam keeps me locked in the attic, too. I can’t get out but I look out the attic window and watch the world go by. I feel like an outsider. I am on a different wave length then everybody else — programmed too kill. However, to stop me you must kill me. Attention all police: Shoot me first — shoot to kill or else. Keep out of my way or you will die! Papa Sam is old now. He needs some blood to preserve his youth. He has had too many heart attacks. Too many heart attacks. “Ugh, me hoot it hurts sonny boy.” I miss my pretty princess most of all. She’s resting in our ladies house but I’ll see her soon. I am the “Monster” — “Beelzebub” — the “Chubby Behemouth.” I love to hunt. Prowling the streets looking for fair game — tasty meat. The wemon of Queens are z prettyist of all. I must be the water they drink. I live for the hunt — my life. Blood for papa. Mr. Borrelli, sir, I dont want to kill anymore no sir, no more but I must, “honour thy father.” I want to make love to the world. I love people. I don’t belong on Earth. Return me to yahoos. To the people of Queens, I love you. And I wa want to wish all of you a happy Easter. May God bless you in this life and in the next and for now I say goodbye and goodnight. Police — Let me haunt you with these words; I’ll be back! I’ll be back! To be interrpreted as — bang, bang, bang, bank, bang — ugh!! Yours in murder Mr. Monster

Sam turned out to be Berkowitz’s neighbor, Sam Carr, who happened to be the father of two of the Satanic cult members. Later on, after Berkowitz was finally arrested for his crimes, he claimed that Sam was the Devil and that he’d sent demons to tell him to kill.

He also sent another disturbing letter directly to newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, threatening to kill again on the one-year anniversary of his first shooting.

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It ended up being published a week later in the newspaper after Breslin notified police, and it sold over one million copies. Berkowitz immensely enjoyed how famous his killer identity had become and loved the power he felt from keeping the city in fear.

The people of New York became so terrified after reading it that women cut their hair short and dyed it blonde to avoid becoming his victims, as he seemed to prefer shooting women with long, dark hair.

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Berkowitz’s reign of terror finally came to an end when a woman named Cacilia Davis told police she had seen a man walking by her with a suspicious object in his hand before she ran away and heard shots fired behind her. His car had been parked there that night, so police checked every vehicle that had been ticketed in the area and Berkowitz’s car turned up in their search.

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When they went through his vehicle, they found a rifle, a bag full of ammunition, maps of the crime scenes, and another threatening letter.

They knew they had their man and apprehended him later that night as he got into his car. He did not struggle, but smiled proudly and quickly confessed to all of the shootings and pled guilty to his crimes.

In 1978, Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of his murders, and remains at Attica Correctional Facility in New York.

He first claimed to be possessed by a demon, but said later in 1979 that he had lied about it and had really felt anger towards women in general, causing him to want to murder them.

A lot of people believed that Berkowitz would try to sell his story to a writer or filmmaker because he was such a big presence in the press, so the New York State Legislature passed the “Son of Sam laws,” which were designed to keep criminals from profiting off the publicity of their crimes.

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Since he has been in prison, Berkowitz has converted to evangelical Christianity and claims that being involved in the Satanic cult was a big reason why he murdered all those people. But many are convinced that if he were to be released, he’d drop his religion and go right back to killing.

I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that I definitely agree with them.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/david-berkowitz/

PSA: Don’t Anger The Wrong Guys, Or You Might End Up With A Pair Of Cement Shoes

When it comes to vintage crime noir movies, nothing is more iconic than the threat of giving someone a pair of cement shoes.

That is, encasing a person’s feet in concrete and dropping them into a body of water. While Hollywood co-opted this extreme form of mafia justice on the silver screen, it’s unclear exactly how widespread the practice has been throughout history.

But a recent story out of Brooklyn, New York, shows that when it comes to methods of disposal, the mafia says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Earlier this week, police discovered the body of a 28-year-old career criminal wrapped in black plastic bags on Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. The man had his arms tied behind his back and his body was weighed down with cement shoes.

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New York City Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told the press that the victim had his feet “submerged in poured concrete,” and that it was “obviously a homicide.”

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However, those pouring the concrete allowed a little too much air to get in during the process, which caused the body to float to the surface and wash up on the shore.

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Traditionally, cement shoes are made by putting a victim’s feet through the holes of a cinder block and then filling those holes with concrete, but buckets are also used. It’s unclear how exactly this victim’s “shoes” were constructed.

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(via DNA Info)

At the time of this writing, police have identified the man who was killed but are withholding his name until family members can be notified. Let this be a lesson to never cross someone who can legitimately threaten you with the possibility of using cement shoes.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cement-shoes/

Looking For A Creepy Summer Home? How About The Amityville Horror House?

Even if you’re not a big fan of horror movies and supposed stories of true hauntings, you’ve probably at least heard about the infamous Amityville horror house.

That house, which is located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, is now for sale. The asking price is $850,000.

The story of this horror house begins in 1974. One fateful day that year, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo went on a killing spree. By the end, both of DeFeo’s parents and all four of his siblings were dead.

Initially, DeFeo claimed that the murders were the work of a hitman, but he soon confessed and was sentenced to life in prison. He’s still behind bars today.

Not long after, the new owners of the home claimed to be haunted by several angry spirits. Their tales of paranormal activity became the basis for Jay Anson’s popular book “The Amityville Horror,”and for all subsequent films.

Despite widespread tales of ghosts and demons, there has never actually been a documented haunting on the property. Rather than the Amityville horror, locals refer to the rumor as the Amityville hoax.

(via Unexplained Mysteries)

Regardless of whether the house is haunted or not, the new owners could make a killing if they opened up an Amityville horror-themed bed and breakfast. (Okay, maybe “make a killing” isn’t the best phrase.)

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/horror-house/

Random People In New York Are Asked To Sing A Song And…Wow, They Do!

Who said New Yorkers are jaded?

In anticipation of the release of the upcoming Annie movie, Columbia Pictures has unveiled this fun viral video. It shows random New Yorkers put their own spin on “Tomorrow”, a song from the musical.

Most of them did really well, but do you think you can do better? Record your own version of “Tomorrow” for a chance to be a part of the fan-cut promotional video! Share your version on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag: #AnnieMovie.

(Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

What a random act of awesome.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/new-york-annie/

Anderson Cooper’s (@AndersonCooper) Two-Millionth Twitter Follower NYC Trip Giveaway

Anderson Cooper is about to hit a big milestone on Twitter — his 2 millionth follower!

To celebrate, the “Anderson” team is giving one of Anderson’s (@AndersonCooper) Twitter followers a trip to New York to see the show, plus, an opportunity to make an appearance on “Anderson.”

Are you following Anderson on Twitter? One lucky Anderson follower will receive…

  • Round-trip airfare to New York City from your hometown
  • Hotel accommodations during the stay in New York City
  • A ticket to a live taping of the show
  • Plus, an appearance on the show!

How to Participate:
If you’re not following him already, join Twitter and follow Anderson — it’s as simple at that! Help him reach his two-millionth follower! You could be on your way to NYC very soon.

Complete Rules for the giveaway:

The Anderson Team is giving away a trip to New York City to appear on the Anderson show to a lucky Anderson Twitter follower once Anderson gets his 2,000,000th Twitter follower! The selected Anderson follower will receive round trip airfare to New York City from his/her hometown, hotel accommodations during the stay in New York City, fifty dollars ($50) per diem and a ticket to a live taping of the Anderson show (collectively the “NYC Trip Giveaway”).

You don’t have to buy anything to win. But you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the 50 United States or Canada (except Quebec, sorry) to participate. If you’re Canadian, you may need to answer an additional question testing your skills. You’re also not eligible if you’re an employee of, or immediately related to an employee of, ANE Productions, Inc., Time Warner Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., and/or any of their parent or subsidiary companies.

So how do you enter? It’s easy. Follow @AndersonCooper on Twitter.com. Anderson is projected to reach its 2,000,000th Twitter follower this January 2012. The giveaway begins at 7:45 a.m. Eastern Time on January 10, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 31, 2012.

The Anderson Team will select one (1) of Anderson’s followers to receive the NYC Trip Giveaway beginning February 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM PST. Selection of the winner will be in the Anderson Team’s sole discretion. Once selected, we’ll contact you via your profile to get your phone number, but if we don’t hear back within 48 hours, you forfeit your prize and we pick another Anderson follower.

Oh, and by participating in our giveaway, you’re consenting to our use of your information (e.g., name, profile, photo) to announce you as a winner. If you submit photos or other materials, you are allowing us to use them, forever, on our website, our TV or anywhere else. So please don’t send us anything you don’t own or control!

Follow @AndersonCooper on a daily basis on Twitter for the announcement of the winner. If you’re wondering, go to AndersonCooper.com and check out the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, which apply to this giveaway.

Finally, the legalese: Sweepstakes is void where prohibited. All prizes are delivered “as-is” and “with all faults.” By entering, you release, indemnify and hold harmless ANE Productions, Inc., Time Warner Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., and/or any of their parent or subsidiary companies from and against any and all claims. We are not responsible for human or mechanical errors that tamper or delay your entry in the sweepstakes, nor for force majeure events that interrupt or cancel this Sweepstakes. Governing law and jurisdiction is the state of California.

Good luck!!

Featured Music on the Season premiere of SYTYCD 7 in NYC and Miami

Featured Music


  1. 1 – “Arming Eritrea” – Future Of The Left


  2. 2 – “New York City Speed” – Kill Hannah


  3. 3 – “Stand By Me” – Ben E King


  4. 4 – “Chillando Goma” – Fulanito


  5. 5 – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” – Dead or Alive


  6. 6 – “Prague” – Damien Rice


  7. 7 – “The Winner Is…” – Devotchka & Michael Danna


  8. 8 – “Last Night (Line Dance Party)” – Madison Cowboy featuring DJ Robbie & Fabby T


  9. 9 – “Let’s Buy Happiness” – Boys Noize


  10. 10 – “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” – Jermaine Stewart


  11. 11 – “Fallin’ Down” – Chris Brown


  12. 12 – “Nicest Thing” – Kate Nash


  13. 13 – “7th Heaven” – Destani Wolf


  14. 14 – “Walk Away” – Kelly Clarkson


  15. 15 – “Black & Gold” – Sam Sparro


  16. 16 – “The Animal” – Richard Walters


  17. 17 – “Feeling Good” – Michael Buble


  18. 18 – “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” – The Postal Service


  19. 19 – “Right Now” – Pussycat Dolls


  20. 20 – “Let’s Get Loud” – Jennifer Lopez


  21. 21 – “Love To The World” – LTD