From the Gothamist:
On August 10, 1977 (forty years ago this week) David Berkowitz, a.k.a. the Son of Sam, was finally captured. The serial killer was nabbed by cops in Yonkers following a harrowing yearlong killing spree that left six dead and seven wounded. He is currently serving six consecutive life sentences in prison; most recently he was relocated to Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Upstate New York. On Friday night CBS News will air an interview with him to mark the anniversary of his arrest.
“I see that people will never understand where I come from, no matter how much I try to explain it,” Berkowitz told CBS News correspondent Maurice DuBois. “They wouldn’t understand what it was like to walk in darkness.” He also said he was “very lost and confused” at the time, adding, “There was a battle going on inside me.”
Berkowitz, who after he was arrested told police he was compelled to kill by a black labrador named “Harvey,” told CBS he needed to “appease the devil,” and that “as far as I’m concerned, that was not me.” He went on to say he “despised” the name Son of Sam, despite having signed letters to the police and Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin with that moniker. “I hate that name,” he declared.
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