David Berkowitz

Son of Sam, The .44 Caliber Killer

  Active for 2 years
(1976-1977) in United States

6

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

6

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  2. Serial Killer Profile
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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 10 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 15 Books About David Berkowitz
  14. 10 External References
  15. Internal References

David Berkowitz an America serial killer known as The Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer. Berkowitz would shoot couples in their cars, killing six and wounding seven. He claimed that the neighbor's dog, Harvey, was possessed by an ancient demon, and that it issued commands to Berkowitz to kill. F.B.I. agent Robert Ressler was later told by Berkowitz that he killed out of resentment toward his mother and his inability to establish good relationships with women.

David Berkowitz Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer David Berkowitz (aka) Son of Sam, The.44 Caliber Killer, was active for 2 years between 1976-1977, known to have ( 6 confirmed / 6 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

David Berkowitz was born on June 1st 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, US. He was born 2nd of 2 children and raised by adoptive parents. Berkowitz was raised as a youngest child and had one sibling, grew-up as an only child due to adoption. His father, biological father, a Long Island businessman. His mother, biological mother, a waitress. He had a head injury or brain defect. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems, including being teased or picked on.

Berkowitz a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, David Berkowitz had an IQ of 115. Berkowitz completed 12 years of school, received a attended college no degree. Berkowitz never married. He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes.

In 1976 (Age 22/23) David Berkowitz started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to murder his victims. David Berkowitz used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone at his apartment 7-E at 35 Pine Street in Yonkers, New York, where Berkowitz was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on August 10th 1977 (Age 24), convicted on June 12th 1978 (Age 25), sentenced to life imprisonment - six life terms, for a total of 365 Years at Attica Prison in New York. Berkowitz was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

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David Berkowitz has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.

David Berkowitz a known:

David Berkowitz
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2018-12-07 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: David Berkowitz
Nickname: Son of Sam, The .44 Caliber Killer
Victims: 6 - 6
Years Active: 1976 - 1977
Ages Active: 22/23 - 23/24
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1953 -     
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Gemini
May 21 - Jun 21
Birth Month: June
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: himself, alone at his apartment 7-E at 35 Pine Street in Yonkers, New York
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jun 1, 1953
Family Name: Berkowitz
Given Name: David
Birth Location: Brooklyn, New York, US
Birth Order: 2nd of 2
Siblings: one sibling, grew-up as an only child due to adoption
Raised By: adoptive parents
Birth Category: youngest child
Mother: biological mother, a waitress
Father: biological father, a Long Island businessman

Cognitive Ability
IQ: 115
Highest School: 12 years of school
Highest Degree: attended college no degree

Incarceration
Arrested: Aug 10, 1977 (Age 24)
Convicted: Jun 12, 1978 (Age 25)
Sentence: life imprisonment - six life terms, for a total of 365 Years
Prison Location: Attica Prison in New York
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
10 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
David Berkowitz

The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer David Berkowitz. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jun 01 1953David Berkowitz was born in Brooklyn, New York, US.  #19530601
Jun 01 1973
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1976
(Age 22/23)
David Berkowitz started his serial killing spree. #1976
1977
(Age 23/24)
David Berkowitz ended his serial killing spree. #1977
Aug 10 1977
(Age 24)
David Berkowitz arrested. #19770810
Jun 12 1978
(Age 25)
David Berkowitz was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment - six life terms, for a total of 365 Years at Attica Prison in New York.  #19780612
Jun 01 1983
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Jun 01 1993
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Jun 01 2003
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Jun 01 2013
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
problems in school TRUE 218
teased in school TRUE 215
head injury TRUE 297
previous crimes TRUE 363
used weapon TRUE 448
used gun TRUE 447
living with children FALSE 267
father drug abuse FALSE 190
mother drug abuse FALSE 192
xyy FALSE 80
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
physically abused FALSE 228
psychologically abused FALSE 221
sexually abused FALSE 223
drug abuse FALSE 224
alcohol abuse FALSE 222
psychologist FALSE 256
forensic hospital FALSE 255
previous jail FALSE 347
previous prision FALSE 332
previous killed FALSE 207
kill at killers home FALSE 315
kill at victims home FALSE 318
rape FALSE 448
torture FALSE 422
stalk FALSE 414
blindfold FALSE 359
bound FALSE 401
strangle FALSE 438
sex with body FALSE 427
mutilated FALSE 441
ate part of body FALSE 446
drank blood FALSE 437
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
totem personal item FALSE 350
robbed FALSE 414


Books that Mention David Berkowitz

Book: Hunting Humans (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
Elliott Leyton
Hunting Humans
Book: The Killer Across the Table (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
John E. Douglas
The Killer Across the Table
Book: The Big Book of Serial Killers (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
Jack Rosewood
The Big Book of Serial Killers
Book: Mind Control, World Control (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
Jim Keith
Mind Control, World Control
Book: The Killer Across the Table (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
John E. Douglas
The Killer Across the Table
Book: Confessions of Son of Sam (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
David Abrahamsen
Confessions of Son of Sam
Book: Serial Killers and Psychopaths (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
John Marlowe
Serial Killers and Psychopaths
Book: David Berkowitz (mentions serial killer David Berkowitz)
Biographiq
David Berkowitz

15 Books that mention Serial Killer
David Berkowitz

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
155199643x Hunting Humans 3
006291152x The Killer Across the Tab... 4
1548119644 The Big Book of Serial Ki... 60
0932813453 Mind Control, World Contr... 1
0062910639 The Killer Across the Tab... 3
0231057601 Confessions of Son of Sam 1
1784049115 Serial Killers and Psycho... 4
1599861798 David Berkowitz 1
1530418569 Son of Sam 1
1621074668 Son of Sam 1
0977899624 Son of Hope 1
150118380x Son of Sam 1
1494885727 The Son of Sam "Then and... 1
1533191565 Son of Sam 1
6136998645 David Berkowitz (Bridge) 1

David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco; June 1, 1953), known also as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer who pleaded guilty to eight separate shooting attacks that began in New York City during the summer of 1976. The crimes were perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver. He killed six people and wounded seven others by July 1977.

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External References
  1. David Berkowitz on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, David Richard BERKOWITZ on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  3. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Berkowitz, David Richard on skdb.fgcu.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  4. Cassandra Carter, Lori Ferguson, David Berkowitz on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  5. Q352717 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  6. David Berkowitz on www.biography.com, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  7. David Berkowitz: Son of Sam Killer on www.alcatrazeast.com, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
  8. Serial killer, David Berkowitz, Son of Sam on disturbinghorror.com, Retrieved on Feb 2, 2019.
  9. David Berkowitz on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 17, 2019.
  10. David Berkowitz on criminalia.es, Retrieved on May 22, 2019.
Internal References

David Berkowitz is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #16 of 34 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in June
  2. #20 of 40 [ Page 2 ] of Gemini Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #31 of 649 [ Page 3 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  4. #32 of 72 [ Page 3 ] of serial killers sorted by IQ Level
  5. #74 of 649 [ Page 5 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  6. #149 of 326 [ Page 10 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  7. #318 of 649 [ Page 22 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #488 of 649 [ Page 33 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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