On This Day: August 10th 

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On August 10th 1977 24 year old David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam) was arrested in Yonkers, New York. He was arrested for a series of killings in the New York City area over the period of one year. Between July 29th 1976 and July 31st 1977 he killed 6 and wounded 7 people, the attacks were perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver. As the number of victims increased, Berkowitz eluded a massive police manhunt while leaving letters that mocked the police and promised further crimes, much publicized by the press. He achieved worldwide notoriety.

Upon his arrest he confessed to all of the attacks and claimed to have been obeying the orders of a demon, manifested in the form of a dog (“Harvey”) who belonged to his neighbor (“Sam”). Despite his explanation, Berkowitz was found mentally competent and incarcerated in state prison for murder. In the course of further police investigation, Berkowitz was also implicated in many unsolved arsons in the city. Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively. During the mid-1990s, he amended his confession to claim that he had been a member of a violent Satanic cult which orchestrated the incidents as ritual murder.

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