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20060522: Serial Killer Sues Over Lawyer's Book Profits NY New York City Serial Killer News
The attorney for Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz is seeking to bring Berkowitz to a New York City courtroom for the first time in a quarter century.

Berkowitz terrorized the city in a series of murders in 1976 and 1977, killing six people and wounding seven, most of them in parked cars.

He's suing his former lawyer over a book the lawyer wrote. He claims the volume violates the spirit of the state's Son of Sam law, which bars criminals from profiting by writing or selling their stories.

Berkowitz is serving a 25-year to life sentence. His lawyer wants him brought to New York City for a deposition in July.
 

20060522: Serial killer thinks of victims NY New York City Serial Killer News
In a twist on the Son of Sam law named after him, serial killer David Berkowitz says any proceeds from his former lawyer's book, Dear David, should benefit his victims.

Berkowitz, whose crime wave terrified the city in the 1970s, filed a lawsuit against his former lawyer, Hugo Harmatz, in June 2005 to get back letters, court documents, family photos and other items he says he gave to the lawyer for safekeeping. He sued Harmatz after learning that the lawyer planned to use the items for his book, which was published that month.

Harmatz has said that when he first contacted Berkowitz he was clear about what he intended to do. His book includes letters written by a variety of people to Berkowitz, transcripts from the killer's parole hearings and crime scene photos.

A hearing to set a trial date was scheduled for Monday before Judge Sherry Klein Heitler in Manhattan state Supreme Court.

Concerned about victims

Berkowitz's current lawyer, Michael D Heller, said on Sunday that Berkowitz would not withdraw the suit unless Harmatz agreed not only to return Berkowitz's possessions but also to turn over any money he makes from "exploiting" them to Berkowitz's surviving victims and the families of the ones he killed.

"He has turned his life around and is very much concerned about the wellbeing of his victims," Heller said.

Berkowitz is serving six sentences of 25 years to life for killing six people and wounding seven in 1976-77.

New York's Son of Sam law bars criminals from profiting from their crimes by selling their stories to publishers. It was passed in 1977 after reports that Berkowitz was poised to earn a windfall for his story.

Heller said that Berkowitz believes, in the spirit of the law, that Harmatz should not profit from Berkowitz's crimes either.

Messages left for Harmatz at two law office telephone numbers were not immediately returned on Sunday.

Berkowitz got his nickname from a note left at a crime scene that read: "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam." He shot his victims, usually while they sat in cars, and was arrested in 1977.

 

20060130: Serial killer 'Son of Sam' suing his lawyer NY Serial Killer News
Notorious "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz is suing his former attorney.
The man who terrorized New York in the 70s is accusing lawyer Hugo Harmatz of stealing his bar mitzvah photographs and other personal items.

Berkowitz will testify via conference call from his prison cell in Upstate New York.

He is serving 25 years to life for killing six people and wounding seven others.

 

20040612: "Son of Sam” parole denied again NY Albany Serial Killer News
"Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz has again been denied parole, this time in a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, state officials said Friday. .."You caused irreparable harm to many victims and society was gripped in fear because of your acts," stated the summary of the hearing provided Friday by the state Division of Parole. The board noted that Berkowitz had a good record in prison programs and "excellent disciplinary record," but the brutality of his acts require him to stay behind bars. ..Berkowitzís second denial by the state Parole Board, made Wednesday and announced Thursday, means the man who terrorized New York City in 1977 will serve two more years in prison before he is again eligible for parole, according to the state Correctional Services Department. ..Berkowitz, 51, formerly of Yonkers, is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences at the maximum-security Sullivan state prison in Fallsburg. The former postal employee murdered six people and wounded seven others beginning July 29, 1976. But it wasnít until the fourth attack in January 1977 that police noticed a pattern and dubbed Berkowitz the ".44-caliber killer." ..He left a note at the sixth crime scene that read: "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam." Sam was a neighbor of the killer. Berkowitz said he was taking demonic orders through Samís dog. ..In a 2002 letter to Gov. George PATAKI, Berkowitz stated he has "no interest" in parole and "I can give you no good reason why I should even be considered for parole."
 

20060522: Serial Killer Sues Over Lawyer's Book Profits NY New York City Serial Killer News
The attorney for Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz is seeking to bring Berkowitz to a New York City courtroom for the first time in a quarter century.

Berkowitz terrorized the city in a series of murders in 1976 and 1977, killing six people and wounding seven, most of them in parked cars.

He's suing his former lawyer over a book the lawyer wrote. He claims the volume violates the spirit of the state's Son of Sam law, which bars criminals from profiting by writing or selling their stories.

Berkowitz is serving a 25-year to life sentence. His lawyer wants him brought to New York City for a deposition in July.
 

20060522: Serial killer thinks of victims NY New York City Serial Killer News
In a twist on the Son of Sam law named after him, serial killer David Berkowitz says any proceeds from his former lawyer's book, Dear David, should benefit his victims.

Berkowitz, whose crime wave terrified the city in the 1970s, filed a lawsuit against his former lawyer, Hugo Harmatz, in June 2005 to get back letters, court documents, family photos and other items he says he gave to the lawyer for safekeeping. He sued Harmatz after learning that the lawyer planned to use the items for his book, which was published that month.

Harmatz has said that when he first contacted Berkowitz he was clear about what he intended to do. His book includes letters written by a variety of people to Berkowitz, transcripts from the killer's parole hearings and crime scene photos.

A hearing to set a trial date was scheduled for Monday before Judge Sherry Klein Heitler in Manhattan state Supreme Court.

Concerned about victims

Berkowitz's current lawyer, Michael D Heller, said on Sunday that Berkowitz would not withdraw the suit unless Harmatz agreed not only to return Berkowitz's possessions but also to turn over any money he makes from "exploiting" them to Berkowitz's surviving victims and the families of the ones he killed.

"He has turned his life around and is very much concerned about the wellbeing of his victims," Heller said.

Berkowitz is serving six sentences of 25 years to life for killing six people and wounding seven in 1976-77.

New York's Son of Sam law bars criminals from profiting from their crimes by selling their stories to publishers. It was passed in 1977 after reports that Berkowitz was poised to earn a windfall for his story.

Heller said that Berkowitz believes, in the spirit of the law, that Harmatz should not profit from Berkowitz's crimes either.

Messages left for Harmatz at two law office telephone numbers were not immediately returned on Sunday.

Berkowitz got his nickname from a note left at a crime scene that read: "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam." He shot his victims, usually while they sat in cars, and was arrested in 1977.

 

20060130: Serial killer 'Son of Sam' suing his lawyer NY Serial Killer News
Notorious "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz is suing his former attorney.
The man who terrorized New York in the 70s is accusing lawyer Hugo Harmatz of stealing his bar mitzvah photographs and other personal items.

Berkowitz will testify via conference call from his prison cell in Upstate New York.

He is serving 25 years to life for killing six people and wounding seven others.

 

20040612: "Son of Sam” parole denied again NY Albany Serial Killer News
"Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz has again been denied parole, this time in a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, state officials said Friday. .."You caused irreparable harm to many victims and society was gripped in fear because of your acts," stated the summary of the hearing provided Friday by the state Division of Parole. The board noted that Berkowitz had a good record in prison programs and "excellent disciplinary record," but the brutality of his acts require him to stay behind bars. ..Berkowitzís second denial by the state Parole Board, made Wednesday and announced Thursday, means the man who terrorized New York City in 1977 will serve two more years in prison before he is again eligible for parole, according to the state Correctional Services Department. ..Berkowitz, 51, formerly of Yonkers, is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences at the maximum-security Sullivan state prison in Fallsburg. The former postal employee murdered six people and wounded seven others beginning July 29, 1976. But it wasnít until the fourth attack in January 1977 that police noticed a pattern and dubbed Berkowitz the ".44-caliber killer." ..He left a note at the sixth crime scene that read: "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam." Sam was a neighbor of the killer. Berkowitz said he was taking demonic orders through Samís dog. ..In a 2002 letter to Gov. George PATAKI, Berkowitz stated he has "no interest" in parole and "I can give you no good reason why I should even be considered for parole."
 


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