Ray RaimundiAug 2, 2017, 7:49 pmAug 3, 2017, 7:59 am

Inside the historic capture of the infamous serial killer known as ‘Son of Sam’

Notorious serial killer, Yonkers native caused utter panic in NYC during the summer of 1977


It's been nearly four decades since the capture of David Berkowitz, the infamous serial killer known as the “Son of Sam.”

For some, it's hard to believe that it has been four decades since August of 1977, the day David Berkowitz was apprehended by detectives from the New York City Police Department at a Yonkers apartment where he spent his days alluding police.

As the only serial killer in American history to name himself, he incited fear in New York City residents during his murderous rampage in 1977.

Journal News Reporter Mark Lungariello has spent months looking into the capture of the Son of Sam who murdered six people and injured seven others who were sitting in cars across New York City between 1976 and 1977.

“The whole country was enthralled, New York City was in a panic, the whole area was in a panic, and here was the resolution on this quiet street in northwest Yonkers,” Lungariello said.

Since the spring, Lungariello has looked through endless documents and videos surrounding the infamous murders.

He also conducted many interviews with those who lived in the same building as Berkowitz.

“He lived in apartment 7E and what's interesting is that he lived directly above a deputy Westchester sheriff by the name of Craig Glassman who had received some strange letters, creepy strange letters,” Lungariello said. “Even at one point, he had a fire lit in front of his apartment door with .22 caliber bullets thrown into it.”

FiOS1 News followed Lungariello on his journey to learn more about the Son of Sam.

On Wednesday, he interviewed David O'Gorman who lived across the street from Berkowitz's building and recalls the spectacle on the night of his capture.

“That particular night there were unmarked cars everywhere you could see it got to the point that it was an event of some sorts. People were out in lawn chairs for hours and hours before anything happened,” O'Gorman said.

Lungariello delved deeper into the events which led to the Berkowitz’s arrest and how the Yonkers Police Department served an integral role in capturing the serial killer.

“David Berkowitz was on their radar before the NYPD came calling because of some letters he sent to neighbors. He was suspected of shooting his neighbor's dog and things of that nature so they kind of had him already identified as someone they were watching,” he said.

Just a mile and a half north from Berkowitz's apartment is Untermyer Park which has ties to his infamous murders, Lungariello says.

While Berkowitz initially confessed to his series of deadly shootings, in the years following his arrest, he consistently claimed he acted as a result of something much greater: a large-scale satanic cult with headquarters based in Yonkers.
It was a group, Berkowitz recounted, which held frequent gatherings in the heavily wooded grounds of Untermeyer Park.

“A persistent theory is David Berkowitz was not the lone gunman in these crimes; he was part of a cult that performed satanic rituals, including mutilating dogs,” Lungariello said. “They allegedly met right in Untermyer Park.”

After he was arrested, Berkowitz's told police that the dog of a former neighbor was possessed by a demon and told him to kill. The neighbor's name was Sam Carr and was the inspiration for his moniker, the Son of Sam.

“All these years later, it's still part of the landscape up here and it's become a little bit of a ghost story for residents in the area,” Lungariello said.

From Untermeyer Park to Pine Street, northwest Yonkers can never erase Berkowitz's connection to this community.

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