Son Of Sam And A Summer Of Terror

By Kellar Ellsworth
Source: (AP News).

From the summers of 1976-1977, the young people of Queens and the Bronx were on edge. During this time period, David Berkowitz shot and killed six people and wounded seven more using a .44 Special caliber Bulldog revolver. He did so from a distance and then left cryptic messages for the police.

Berkowitz was given up for adoption after his birth and began to show troubling signs early on: destroying property, setting fires, stealing, and killing animals. He didn’t have much of a social life and was unable to find a girlfriend. At 18, he enlisted in the Army, passing the physical and emotional tests. He became an infantryman and qualified as a sharpshooter. He was posted in the demilitarized zone in Korea but was demoted after two infractions because he struggled with punctuality. He returned to Fort Knox, and after three years in the service, he was honorably discharged. After this, he found work as a mailman.