Berkowitz, David

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Berkowitz, David Gender: M
Falco, Richard David
born on 1 June 1953 at 16:52 (= 4:52 PM )
Place Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, 40n38, 73w56
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Shaw, Victoria
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 11°02' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 03°32 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 00°55'


American homicide known as the Son of Sam, holding New York in terror in 1976-1977.

David's dad, Tony Falco, deserted the family eight years before he was born, the result of his mom's affair with a married businessman. His mom put him up for adoption and the baby was taken in by the Berkowitz family.

A sharpshooter in the U.S. Army from 1971-1974, he served in Korea, then worked in New York as a postal employee. He hated to be dirty and kept his body clean so that he "would not get sick," however his apartment was messy with left-over garbage and he went to the laundry only after he had no clean clothes left. Between 9/28/1974 and 12/23/1975, he set over 2,000 fires on city property.

On Christmas Eve, 1974, he made his first knife assault, stabbing a black woman in the Bronx, followed by five gunshot murders and six woundings of young couples. He was arrested on 8/10/1977. At his trial on 5/08/1978, he entered an insanity plea, claiming that God spoke to him through the neighbors' dog. He was given a sentence of 365 years.

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  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Perpetration 28 September 1974 (Set first of 2,000 fires in 15 months)
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  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Perpetration 24 December 1974 (Knife assault)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 29 July 1976 (First murder, Donna Lauria)
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  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Victimization 26 November 1976 at 11:55 AM (Third assault, Donna DeMasi, 15, shot in spine)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 30 January 1977 at 12:10 AM (Second murder, Christine Freund; died 4 hrs later)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 8 March 1977 (Third murder, Virginia Vaskeritchin, shot in face)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 18 April 1977 (Fourth-fifth attacks, Valentina Suriani, 18 and Alesander Eaus, 20)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 27 April 1977 (Shot Sam Carr's dog)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 26 May 1977 in New York (Psychological profile: neurotic and probably suffering from paranoid schizophrenia)
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  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Perpetration 26 July 1977 (Wounded two, Judy Placido and Sal Lupo)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 27 July 1977 (Fifth murder)
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  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Perpetration 31 July 1977 at 02:32 AM (Wounded Bobby Violante and killed Stacey Moscowitz)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 8 May 1978 (Entered insanity plea)
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Source Notes

Copy of hospital records in hand, Victoria Shaw


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Schizophrenia
  • Family : Childhood : Adopted
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Assault/ Battery (Murders and woundings)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (Serial kiiller)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (365 years)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Korea)
  • Vocation : Politics : Postal service (P.O. employee)
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Son of Sam)
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes (Books and movies about Son of Sam)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection