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David Berkowitz was a serial killer active in the 1970s in New York City and was known by the name Son of Sam.
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Only a handful of tickets were given out that day, and one of them was for Berkowitz. The police arrested him on August 10, 1977. According to The New York Times, Berkowitz said, "Well, you've got me" when they took him into custody.
During questioning, Berkowitz explained that he had been commanded to kill by his neighbor Sam Carr, who sent messages to him through Carr's dog. "He told me to kill. Sam is the devil,
" Berkowitz said. Many months were spent on determining whether Berkowitz was fit to stand trial. He underwent numerous psychological evaluations. In August 1978, Berkowitz pled guilty to the six killings. He later received 25 years to life for each murder.
Berkowitz is currently serving a life sentence at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York. He has reportedly become a devout Christian while in prison. Previously rejected for parole, Berkowitz has said that he will not seek release at his next hearing in 2012.
Berkowitz's crimes have become the subject of numerous books and documentaries, including 2001's Summer of Terror: The Real Son of Sam Story. Spike Lee also explored the effect Berkowitz's reign of terror had on a New York neighborhood in the drama Summer of Sam (1999).
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