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David Berkowitz AKA “Son of Sam”. Claudia Drinnan. What Makes a Serial Killer?. Typically from a broken home Sexual and physical abuse Antisocial Average/above average intelligence No remorse for what they have done Many serial killers torture animals at a young age. Adolescence.

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David berkowitz aka son of sam

David BerkowitzAKA “Son of Sam”

Claudia Drinnan


What makes a serial killer

What Makes a Serial Killer?

  • Typically from a broken home

    • Sexual and physical abuse

  • Antisocial

  • Average/above average intelligence

  • No remorse for what they have done

  • Many serial killers torture animals at a young age


Adolescence

Adolescence

  • Adopted by Nat and Pearl Berkowitz

  • Antisocial, hyperactive and known as a bully

  • Big for his age and uncomfortable with his peers

  • He was devastated when his mother died in 1967 (he was 13)

    • This lead to a downward spiral for David


Actions

Actions

  • Prior to his murders, he set 1,488 fires in NYC which he kept track of in a diary

  • 1975, the “demons” told him to try to kill a woman

    • She ran away with six wounds from his hunting knife, and he went out for a burger and fries

  • This was just the beginning for the “Son of Sam”

    • He called himself “Son of Sam” in a letter to the police


David berkowitz aka son of sam

Actions Cont.

  • David Berkowitz targeted women due to his hatred towards them

  • Killed six women between 1976 and 1977

    • Alexander Esau

    • Christine Freund

    • Donna Lauria

    • Stacy Moskowitz

    • ValentinaSuriani

    • Virginia Voskerichian

  • He wrote letters to the police which were released to the public after his capture


David berkowitz aka son of sam

why?

  • What the “Son of Sam” did is considered morally evil

    • Evil is the intention or effect of causing harm or destruction

  • He was classified as a paranoid schizophrenic by psychiatrists

  • “Demons” told him to kill

    • He killed to make them stop, but they would only go away for a short while


Where is he now

Where is he now?

  • The “Son of Sam” was sentenced to 365 years of jail where he remains

  • Sullivan Correctional Facility is where he was incarcerated

  • He was caught due to careful police work

    • A .44 caliber weapon was used on his victims


Victims

Victims

  • The victims were all females under the age of twenty

  • The “demons” told him who to kill

  • In addition to the women he killed, several other people were seriously injured


Media

Media

  • This case received a great deal of publicity

    • Television, newspapers, radio

  • The movie “Summer of Sam” depicts what went on during the case


Bibliography

Bibliography

  • http://www.biography.com/people/david-berkowitz-9209372

  • http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/berkowitz/9.html

  • http://www.homicidesquad.com/Son_Of_Sam.htm


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