Son of Sam Decries Gun Violence
'I have regrets more than words can say,' says David Berkowitz
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2012 12:52 PM CDT
In this Aug. 11, 1977 file photo, David Berkowitz, center, is taken into police headquarters by New York Police Department detective Ed Zigo, right.   (AP Photo/Hal Goldenberg, File)

(Newser) – Exactly 35 years after his 13-month killing spree came to an end, notorious NYC serial killer David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, gave an interview to the New York Daily News in which he lamented gun violence and gave some insight into his reformed lifestyle. About 10 years after his arrest, he became a born again Christian, and now says he hopes that some day "guns will lose their glamour." He expresses sympathy for the victims of "senseless" gun violence, including those in Colorado and Wisconsin as well as the victims of his crimes. "Society has to take the glory out of guns," he says.

Burkowitz, now 59, says he is a different man from the "tormented" and "lost" killer that terrorized New York City. He spends his days working with prisoners suffering from mental illness, and says he finds solace acting as a mentor for his fellow inmates. In the late 1970s, Berkowitz shot 13 people, killing six. He remains behind bars and no longer seeks parole out of respect for his victims' families. “I’ll be the first to say that I don’t deserve to have my life spared,” he says, “but I believe God spared my life for me to do the things I’m doing now.” He says he wishes he could talk to "those gangbanging teens" and tell them, "If you're packing a gun, you're making a big mistake and you'll regret it."

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fractal
Aug 11, 2012 2:11 AM CDT
Seems like everyone on this thread is quite certain of what sociopathy is, how it works, and what its symptoms are. The crime shows on TV would have you believe that. The books written about it are quite sensational, and of course we buy them. Just remember, that Freudian psychology was HUGE 100 years ago. In one hundred years, our understanding of serial killers, sociopaths, paranoid narcissists etc... will have gone thru massive evolution. We should not be too quick to buy into the notion that genetics predominate, these are unchangeable traits, there is no valid treatment, and all the other things that current psychology promote. Heck, in a hundred years, we will have different names and classifications for these types of people. Who knows what we will find out about how they tick.
joedert
Aug 10, 2012 6:36 PM CDT
Kind of like Jack the Ripper advocating for the use of better safety razors???
darnkarma
Aug 10, 2012 5:37 PM CDT
Btch Plz. This idiot needs to stop flapping his lips and exist in solitude for the rest of his natural life. He doesn't deserve to feel good about himself or anything that he does. This "I got religion, so I'm automatically a nice guy now" crap is as phony as the talking dog was. Everyone saw through that too. He terrorized my city and my teenage years. Stop interviewing him.