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The Evil of Son of Sam

My hometown NYC has its good and bad sides. Personally I loved living in this vibrant city but you had to be careful as well. As it often happens in such large, crowded cities very often you can meet up with the Devil himself. It all began when a man who became known as The Son of Sam pulled a gun from a paper bag and fired five gunshots at two women Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti from the borough of The Bronx as they sat talking in a parked car. Lauria died but Valenti was seriously wounded. This began the terror streak of a serial killer who would terrorize NYC for all of the next year.

Son of Sam got his name from letters which he sent to the police and to the well-known newspaper writer Jimmy Breslin claiming that he was a monster and the Son of Sam saying that he loved to hunt, prowl the streets and look for fair game. The second time he went on the prowl was on October 23, 1976. This time he approached two girls sitting on a front stoop. After asking for directions he pulled out a gun and fired some shots. Joanne Lomino became paralyzed from the bullet that struck her spine but her friend wasn’t seriously injured.

The attacks continue in January and March of 1977 and soon women especially those with dark hair were warned not to go out at night. When there was another murder attempt in June, vigilante groups started forming across NYC to keep an eye out for the killer. His last two victims fell prey to him on July 31, 1977 in the borough of Brooklyn, One of them died.

It was at this time that the police followed up on a parking ticket and also found a machine gun in a car that belongs to David Berkowitz of Yonkers, New York. When they questioned Berkowitz his explanation was that “Sam” was his neighbor Sam Carr – an agent of the devil. This Sam apparently transmitted his orders through his pet black Labrador. The awful truth was that years earlier Berkowitz had shot this dog because his barking kept him from sleeping. Once the dog had recovered Berkowitz started saying that the dog began to speak to him and started demanding that he kill people.

In a most bizarre series of events, Berkowitz was allowed to put in a guilty plea before claiming insanity. As a result, he was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison. Today he claims he is a born-again Christian and now states he is the Son of Hope. I say that he is and always will be a dangerous man and even though he claims to have turned his life around I personally still think he is going straight to hell. However, at this time he is only 66 years old and still has plenty of time behind bars.

  • Question of

    Do you remember hearing about the Son of Sam?

    • Yes
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  • Question of

    Do you believe he is a born again Christian?

    • Yes
    • No

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