Berkowitz did not having the most promising future as a child. He was adopted immediately after he was born His adoptive parents were middle-class He felt uncomfortable around his peers during childhood. He was a bully, for no reasonable explanation at all.
He had a known violent streak His adoptive mother died when he was 14, causing him to believe it was a plan to destroy him He was abandoned at the age of 18
He became a loner at age 18, allowing his fantasy world to take over his life. He had one relationship, with Iris Gerhardt, even though it was mainly fantasy for him Berkowitz attended a few classes at a local community college in the Bronx. He served in the Army from 1971 to 1974 He got briefly back in touch with his biological family, but separated himself again.
He started 1,488 fires in New York City, keeping a diary of each fire that he started. He wrote a letter to his father saying that people hated him and wanted to kill him, that the world was becoming a dark place. He told psychiatrists that he was giving into the “demons” of her personal life.
His personal demons He claimed that the demons inhabited local dogs, and when the dogs barked, it was telling him to go on a search for blood. He was a paranoid schizophrenic He wasn’t able to establish good relationships with women.
Each time he used a Charter Arms .44 caliber Bulldog handgun He approached them in the middle of the night He usually did his killings around one in the morning.
All women They all had dark hair They were all between 18 and 20 years of age
Eye witnesses were stating that they had seen Berkowitz, and they described his looks. Two Yonkers Cops: Chamberlain and Intervallo conducted an investigation, searching all of Berkowitz’s places of work. Berkowitz’s neighbor Craig Glassman called in under suspicions of arson, when he went to check the apartment, he found the notes of Son of Sam.
He was called in for parking tickets He was finally caught by the New York City police, on their second try, the first of which was unsuccessful, because it was his next-door neighbor Craig Glassman.
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