'Born Again' Son of Sam Won't Seek Parole

'Jesus has already set me free,' says killer David Berkowitz
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2011 1:41 AM CDT
'Born Again' Son of Sam Won't Seek Parole
Cops escort David Berkowitz through a crowd of media after his arrest in 1977.   (AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez, File)

"Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz isn't going to bother to seek parole because Jesus has already set him free, he says. "Jesus Christ has already forgiven and pardoned me," Berkowitz , 58, wrote in a letter to a Fox News reporter. "He has given me a whole new life, which I do not deserve. While society will never forgive me, God has. I am already a 'free man.' I am not saying this jokingly. I really am." Berkowitz is serving six consecutive 25-year-to-life sentences for killing 6 women in a random murder spree that terrorized New York City in 1976.

He likely doesn't have a chance in hell of release whether he goes before the parole board or not next year—and has already been turned down for release five times. After the baby-faced killer was busted in 1977, Berkowitz, who referred to himself in one taunting note to investigators as the "Son of Sam," told cops he was ordered to kill by a demon-possessed black Labrador retriever owned by his next-door neighbor Sam. "I would do anything if I could go back and change things and have prevented the tragedy from happening," Berkowitz wrote in the letter. He can "say all he wants," responded one of the seven victims Berkowitz wounded. "He knows he deserves to be where he's at." (More David Berkowitz stories.)

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