Berkowitz, also known as “Son of Sam
,” terrorized New York City during the 1970s. He killed six people and wounded seven within one year. The fear created by his violence brought the Big Apple to its knees.
Police arrested Berkowitz in Aug. 1977, exactly 35 years ago Friday. First he claimed membership of a satanic cult. Then he claimed the murders were dictated by a demon under control of his neighbor’s dog. And now he’d like you to please not carry guns, lest you upset the balance of things.
“Young people have no business carrying a gun,” said Berkowitz, according to the newspaper. “I would love to speak bluntly to those gangbanging teens and wanna-bes and tell them prison is nothing like what you think.”
The “.44 Caliber Killer” maintains that he’s a born again Christian who is merely trying to “take the glory out of guns.” But Berkowitz wouldn’t go so far to make this a political statement.
“I’m looking beyond gun control,” he said. “That’s for the legislators to deal with.”
If Berkowitz had issued a formal political statement, you can bet it would have made interesting fodder for pundits. Other serial killers’ political affiliations have, indeed, been brought up in the past.
Ted Bundy, a serial killer executed in 1989 after admitting to 30 murders, was a Republican. He volunteered for former Vice President Nelson Rockfeller’s campaign and even attended the Republican National Convention as committed delegate.
John Wayne Gacy, another serial killer responsible for at least 33 murders, was executed in 1994. Gacy was a Democrat, and he participated in local campaigns and even appeared in a photograph with the wife of former President Jimmy Carter.
Berkowitz is currently serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences in Sullivan Correctional Facility, and plans to publish a memoir.