Son of Sam Back in the News

( – Infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer David Berkowitz spokе from prison about the transformative impact reading Annе Frank’s diary had on him during his decades-long imprisonment.

The notorious murderer is responsiblе for a deadly rampage in the late 1970s in New York City.

As hе faces the parole board this week, he reflects on the power of written words to change lives, including his own.

“My favorite book is the holy Bible. But the most inspirational book for me throughout my years of incarceration is ‘Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,’” Berkowitz shared from Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill where he is serving a life sentence.

He said, “Young Anne wrote her diary while in captivity. She shared her heart within its pages.”

He marveled at how the young girl wrote her reflections while hiding from the Nazis and left a lasting impact worldwide after her death in the Holocaust.

“She impacted the lives of millions,” Berkowitz noted. “Little Anne changed the world with a pen. So I ask myself, what can I do with my trusty typewriter? Maybe I can change lives, too, with my message of hope in God?”

Berkowitz’s violent spree left six people dead and several injured while instilling widespread fear across New York City.

Known as the “.44 Caliber Killer” before revealing himself as the “Son of Sam,” he targeted young women and couples, causing panic and altering the city’s social habits dramatically.

After his arrest in 1977, Berkowitz claimed that a demon in the form of his neighbor’s black Labrador retriever commanded him to kill. He was sentenced to 547 years in prison in 1978.

While incarcerated, Berkowitz turned to religion and began working as a chaplain’s clerk with a focu on themes of forgiveness, redemption and hope.

He expressed, “Jesus has allowed me to survive and thrive” and claimed he suffered a profound change in his life behind bars.

Berkowitz now sees himself as a mentor or “father figure” to younger inmates with an aim to guide them towards better paths.

“Yes, I have a life sentence to do, but I choose to do it well. I always try to help and encourage the younger guys,” he explained.

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