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20061003: 30 More Photos Taken By Serial Killer Released CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
HELP IDENTIFYING THESE PERSONS! Sheriff's detectives released Tuesday 30 more photographs taken by serial killer William Richard Bradford to try to determine if he victimized any of those shown. In July, authorities released 54 pictures of women photographed by Bradford, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death some 20 years ago. The photos were found in Bradford's Mar Vista apartment when he was arrested, but only recently turned over to sheriff's detectives. About two dozen women depicted in the first round of photographs released were identified and ruled out as victims. The latest batch includes images of men and women who may have been victimized by Bradford between 1975 and 1984, Steve Whitmore of the sheriff's department said. "The potential victims are unaccounted for and are believed to have lived in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood and the beach cities," sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy said.
 

20061003: 30 More Photos Taken By Serial Killer Released CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
Sheriff's detectives released Tuesday 30 more photographs taken by serial killer William Richard Bradford to try to determine if he victimized any of those shown.

In July, authorities released 54 pictures of women photographed by Bradford, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death some 20 years ago.

The photos were found in Bradford's Mar Vista apartment when he was arrested, but only recently turned over to sheriff's detectives.

About two dozen women depicted in the first round of photographs released were identified and ruled out as victims.

The latest batch includes images of men and women who may have been victimized by Bradford between 1975 and 1984, Steve Whitmore of the sheriff's department said.

"The potential victims are unaccounted for and are believed to have lived in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood and the beach cities," sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy said.
 

20060908: 2nd missing local woman added to Los Angeles serial killer case FL Daytona Beach Serial Killer News
A second woman, missing from Daytona Beach for almost 27 years, now has captured the interest of Los Angeles detectives investigating the whereabouts of several women photographed by a serial killer on California's death row. Earlier this week, Sgt. Rich Longshore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrived in the area to investigate the case of Darlene Webb, an Ormond Beach woman who vanished from Daytona Beach in 1983. But Longshore, who was not available for comment Thursday, was also here to look into the disappearance of Michelle Sprague, a dancer who went missing in 1979 after she left the Daytona Beach strip club where she worked. Sprague's case resurfaced after Denise Duarte, a close friend of hers, read recent Daytona Beach News-Journal reports about Webb. Duarte of Daytona Beach then telephoned the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department because she knew Longshore and other investigators in the homicide division are looking to link victims to serial killer Bill Bradford. The 60-year-old Bradford, a photographer, is on death row at San Quentin, Calif., for murdering two aspiring models in 1984. Earlier this year, Los Angeles sheriff's detectives reopened Bradford's file and found 54 pictures of women he photographed more than two decades ago. The pictures, which are numbered, were released on the Internet in late July, and, since then, 24 of the women have come forward to inform police they're alive. Among those who notified investigators is "CSI: Miami" star Eva La Rue, who said Bradford took pictures of her and her sister in the '80s. But 30 women are still unaccounted for, including No. 33 -- the woman who some think looks like Webb -- and now No. 31, who Duarte believes looks like Sprague. "The similarities were enough to contact Los Angeles," Duarte said Thursday. "Most of Michelle's family is dead now and I've been actively searching for her since she disappeared." Los Angeles investigators have documented that Bradford had been in Florida at least twice, in Valparaiso in September 1980 and possibly another town later that year. And although detectives have said he was living in California when Webb went missing, Longshore recently conceded Bradford may have killed while he was on the road. "We certainly don't know where he was every minute of every year," Longshore said last month. Webb and Sprague both went missing after leaving Daytona Beach bars. Webb disappeared in January 1983 when she was 20; Sprague vanished in September 1979 at age 19. Longshore and Daytona Beach detectives met with Duarte and Webb's mother, Fran Webb, on Wednesday. The Los Angeles investigator showed the women several snapshots of No. 31 and No. 33. Daytona Beach detectives said the cases are being investigated here in conjunction with the work being done by the Los Angeles investigators. "Whenever you get some information on a case like this, it's something new," investigator Dale Detter said. "It's a breath of fresh air." Fran Webb refuses to surrender hope that her daughter might be alive. "I still think it's a 50-50 chance that could be Darlene," Fran Webb said, referring to No. 33. Duarte said the similarities between the women are sufficient enough to have both cases thrust to the forefront again. That would have pleased Sprague's son, Robert Andritz, who was 3 years old when his mother disappeared. At least five of Sprague's family members died in quick succession soon after she disappeared and Andritz was adopted by a family in Merritt Island. He made it his mission to find his mother until his death in a car crash about a year-and-a-half ago. "He never stopped looking for her," Duarte said.
 

20060824: Photos Taken by Suspected Serial Killer Produce Lead in '83 Disappearance CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
Authorities investigating a suspected serial killer said they got at least one promising lead after releasing photos he took of nearly 50 girls and women. A young woman in the pictures strongly resembles a woman who disappeared in 1983 from a Florida bar, they said. The lead came as authorities look into whether William Richard Bradford, who is on death row for murdering two aspiring models in the 1980s, is responsible for other rapes and killings from 1975 to 1984. The 54 photos, showing 47 women, were seized from Bradford's home in 1984 but sat untouched for years. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives posted them last month in hopes that the public could help account for the women. So far, only 23 have been positively identified as alive, said Sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy. Among the women who came forward was Eva La Rue, an actress on the CBS drama "CSI: Miami," who said Bradford photographed her and her sister, Nika, two decades ago. The family of Darlene Ann Webb — who disappeared in January 1983 after leaving a bar in Daytona Beach, Fla. — told sheriff's officials she looks like a woman who is in one of the photos. Authorities said Bradford, now 60, took pictures of women he met at bars and elsewhere under the promise of helping their modeling careers. Bradford was living in Los Angeles at the time but had resided in Florida at some point, officials said. Bradford has denied killing anyone and is appealing his conviction and death sentence. His attorneys contend that although he had the photos, he may not have taken them.
 

20060824: Serial Killer Suspect's Photo May Be Missing Daytona Woman CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
One of dozens of photos apparently taken by a serial killer suspect in California may be of a woman who vanished from Daytona Beach, Fla., according to Local 6 News. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said William Richard Bradford posed as a freelance photographer and met his victims in bars. Police believe his victims were raped or killed between 1975 and 1984. Photos of the women were posted last month in hope that the public could help account for them. Thursday, Local 6 News showed a photo of Darlene Webb, who vanished from Daytona Beach in 1983 and a photo that appeared to be Webb allegedly taken by Bradford. Webb's mother, Frances, said her daughter vanished in 1983 after leaving a Daytona Beach bar and the photo looks like her. "It is a very close resemblance," Frances Webb said. "From the nose up, it is the spitting image." Bradford is on death row at San Quentin State Prison for murdering two aspiring models in the early 1980s. The photographs of the women were seized from his home in 1984 and sat untouched for years until a cold-case detective decided to take a second look earlier this year. Of the 47 women in 54 photos, only 23 have been positively identified as alive, said Sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy. One of the women who came forward was actress Eva La Rue, a star on the CBS drama "CSI: Miami" who told authorities that Bradford took photos of her and her sister, Nika, two decades ago. In several instances, family members contacted authorities convinced their loved ones were photographed by Bradford and later killed. Further investigation found that their identities didn't match. "The first thing you usually know as a detective is who the victim is. But here that is last thing we are going to know," Peavy said. Bradford has denied killing anyone and is appealing his conviction and death sentence. Even though he was a freelance photographer and the pictures were seized while in his possession, he may not have taken them, his attorney contended.
 

20060729: Girl Killed in ‘79 Branded As Serial Killer’s Prey TX Houston Serial Killer News
A 14-year-old girl murdered in 1979 may have been another victim of suspected serial killer William Richard Bradford.

The parents of the girl who was found raped and strangled contacted sheriff's detectives after spotting the girls' face among some 50 photographs released to the public in the past week.

Bradford lives on San Quentin's death row convicted of killing two people. Sheriff's detectives were not immediately available to comment on the case.

The photographs were found 22 years ago in Bradford's Mar Vista apartment but were not released. Authorities suspected Bradford killed some of the women, but the case was pushed aside after he was sentenced to death in 1984.

Detectives revisited the case, largely to provide answers to the families of possible victims.

Detectives believe the 14-year-old girl was the third homicide victim identified since the photographs were released to the public on Tuesday, said. Sheriff’s homicide Capt. Ray Peavy.

Identifying the three victims brought Bradford's suspected homicide victim list to eight. Investigators tentatively identified 34 of the 54 faces discovered on film and prints in Bradford's apartment, many of the women still alive. Bradford was arrested in 1984 for the killings of Tracey Campbell, 15, and Shari Miller, 21.
 

20060727: Ex-wife: Serial killer suspect 'worse than Lucifer' TX Houston Serial Killer News

Cindy Sue Horton considers herself lucky to be alive, knowing that at least two other women have died at the hands of her former husband.

Nearly 30 years after Horton, a former Allegan County woman, escaped the clutches of California death row inmate Bill Bradford by leaving her then-husband in 1978, the man haunts her every day.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't look in my rearview mirror in my car or my bathroom mirror and expect to see him there to kill me," Horton, 48, said Wednesday. "Bill Bradford follows through on everything he says and he'll find a way to get me.

"I'm still convinced of that, even if he's been behind bars getting three squares for as long as he has."

Horton, who moved from Dorr Township decades ago, has been thrust into the national spotlight after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released a snapshot lineup of 50 women the convicted murderer photographed.

Among the pictures -- which police are trying to identify to see if they can link Bradford to more slayings -- is an image of Horton. She says it's another chilling reminder of a horrible chapter in her life.

Authorities in California have reopened Bradford's case, acting on the statement made by the 60-year-old at his 1987 sentencing for killing a 15-year-old and 21-year-old in 1984.

"Think of how many you don't even know about," he said then.

Local police don't believe the man can be linked to homicides here, Allegan sheriff's Lt. Ron Johnston said. He checked with retired detectives, but found no tie to Bradford, who was out of West Michigan at the time of unsolved cases.

"None of them thought anything was attributable to him," Johnston said.

Still, police plan to look into old files of missing girls to rule him out as a suspect.

Horton has no doubt her former husband is capable of more slayings. She plans to look at the pictures to see if she can identify any of the women.

Horton met Bradford in California in 1976.

They married in the Kent County Courthouse in 1977 and lived in Dorr, but she filed for divorce seven months later, according to Allegan court records, which identify him as B.L. Bradford III.

Horton alleged he kicked her in the face and threatened to hurt her two children, one of whom was Bradford's. She also alleges he bound and tortured her while they were married and stalked her afterward.

The woman, who now lives in Florida, said she initially had no idea of her former husband's violent tendencies.

"You'd meet him, and he was the most charming person," she said. "He'd knock your socks off without taking off your shoes. Once you got to know him, he was worse than Lucifer himself."

Bobbie Horton, Cindy Horton's stepmother, still lives in the same Dorr Township home that Bradford set foot in while the couple was married. Until recently, she had a picture of him in her wallet from her daughter's wedding day.

"It's kind of scary to think that kind of person was in my house," Bobbie Horton sad. "We knew he was nasty to (Cindy), that he had no concern for her, but I didn't think he could turn out to be a serial killer."

Bobbie Horton doesn't want to think of what could have happened to her step-daughter.

Cindy Horton says she can't stop those thoughts.

"I'll never get him out of my head," she said. "I won't rest easy until he's dead."

 

20060727: Report: L.A. Investigators Confirm More Than Half of Women in Killer's Photos Are Alive CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
Investigators who released decades-old pictures of about 50 women photographed by a murderer said Thursday they believe more than half the women are alive, but that one appears to be a homicide victim and another has been missing for years. Several of those photographed by death row inmate William Richard Bradford have yet to be identified, but Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said they have tentatively identified 28 women since publicizing the long-forgotten images Tuesday. Twenty-six of those women were believed to be alive, sheriff's homicide Capt. Ray Peavy said. He said the other two are believed to be a homicide victim and a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for years, but no additional details were immediately available. The photos of the women, many scantily clad and striking poses like amateur models, languished in an evidence room from 1984, when they were seized from Bradford's home, until detectives rediscovered them last month. Investigators were able to identify some of the women before releasing the photos, including several of Bradford's ex-wives and a victim of an unsolved 1978 slaying. Bradford, now 60, was condemned for killing two aspiring models in the early 1980s. Authorities say he posed as a freelance photographer and took pictures of women he met at bars and elsewhere, and are concerned that some of the women may have been victims of rape or murder between 1975 and 1984. Bradford's appellate attorney, Darlene Ricker, said Wednesday that the photographs were "old news" and that it was no surprise that they were found in a photographer's belongings.
 

20060726: Detectives fear worst for women in killer's photos TX Houston Serial Killer News
Sheriff's investigators who reopened an old case file are trying to find about 50 women who were photographed decades ago by a man now on death row for murdering two aspiring models in the early 1980s, authorities said Tuesday.

Detectives are investigating whether the women were raped or killed between 1975 and 1984 by William Richard Bradford, said Los Angeles County sheriff's officials, who posted numbered photographs of the women on a department Web site in the hope that the public could help account for them.

One, No. 28 on the display, was identified as Donnalee Campbell Duhamel, 31, whose decapitated body was found in a Malibu canyon in 1978 a few days after meeting Bradford at a bar, said sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy.

"What we have here is a very large group of pictures of women that we do not know for the most part who they are," Peavy said. "Some of these women we ... identified; several of them were his wives, ex-wives. But for the most part, the majority of these folks we do not know who they are, who they were.

"Many of them could have likely been homicide victims themselves. Many of them may have just been women that he met in bars and took home and took photographs of."

Following a televised news conference in which the photos were shown, phone calls began pouring in from people claiming to be women in the photos or having information about them, said sheriff's Sgt. Alfredo Castro.

"The phone hasn't stopped ringing," he said. "I'm pretty sure we're going to identify a lot of them soon."

Meanwhile, other local law enforcement agencies are also looking into possible connections to other homicide cases from 1975 and 1982.

In the first, the Santa Monica Police Department is investigating whether he was involved in the slaying of Patricia Dulong, 33, last seen in Santa Monica. And the Los Angeles Police Department may have linked him to the death of 23-year-old Mischa Stewart, Peavy said.

In the 1970s and '80s, Bradford, 60, posed as a freelance photographer in the West Los Angeles area, taking photos of women he met at bars and "car race events," according to information on the Web site, which showed women striking poses in the photographs.

The photographs and film were seized when search warrants were served on Bradford's home at the time of his arrest in 1984, Peavy said.

"Those items went into a case file. That case file, quite frankly nothing was really done with those photographs up until right now," Peavy said.

"I have a number of detectives that I have hired back to look at old cases for DNA evidence and stuff like that," he said. "One of those detectives came forward with these photographs and said, 'You know, this is something that I think we should take a look at.' And obviously we all agreed that it should have been looked at -- probably looked at before now."

The case could lead outside California. Through the years, Bradford has spent time in Illinois, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and elsewhere.

"We could have victims theoretically all over the country," Peavy said.

Bradford was convicted in 1987 of first-degree murder in the stranglings of Shari Miller, 21, whom he met in a bar, and Tracey Campbell, 15, a neighbor. Prosecutors said he lured them into accompanying him with promises to help their modeling careers.

Miller's body was found in a West Los Angeles parking lot in July 1984, while Tracey's decomposed body was found in August 1984 at a campsite 28 miles east of Lancaster, a high desert area north of Los Angeles.

In the penalty phase of his trial, Bradford asked the jury to sentence him to death.

"Think of how many you don't even know about," he told jurors.

It was unclear whether Bradford is currently represented by an attorney. A message left with Robert Bryan, an attorney who represented him in the past, was not returned Tuesday.

The unaccounted-for women were believed to have lived in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood and local beach cities.

When he was not taking pictures, Bradford was a handyman in a Mar Vista apartment complex, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. Authorities said he also owned a motor home, rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle and hung out with a motorcycle gang.

Shortly after his arrest in the two killings in 1984, he pleaded no contest to an unrelated charge of forcible rape and was sentenced to eight years in state prison. He was previously arrested for burglary and sex crimes against one of his ex-wives, Peavy said.

Peavy said it is possible the remaining unidentified women were alive and well, though he was not hopeful.

"My gut instinct," he said, alluding to a collage of the women's photos at the sheriff's homicide office, "is that there are probably a substantial number of victims on that board."

 

20060726: Tips Pour Into L.A. Sheriff's Department to Help ID Dozens of Missing Women CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News
The sheriff's department had received 100 calls and numerous e-mails by Wednesday after asking for help identifying women in dozens of decades-old photos taken by a double murderer who implied to his jury he'd killed others. The photos had languished in an evidence archive for 22 years, until a cold case investigator rediscovered it last month and looked through its contents: about 50 images of young women, many of them scantily clad and striking poses like amateur models. The photographer was on death row for killing two women, both aspiring models, in the 1980s. Investigators reopened the file and set out to find the women in the pictures, authorities said Tuesday. Detectives are investigating whether the women were raped or killed between 1975 and 1984 by William Richard Bradford, said Los Angeles County sheriff's officials, who posted numbered photographs of the women on a department Web site in hope that the public could help account for them. The case could lead outside California. Bradford has spent time in Illinois, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and elsewhere. "We could have victims theoretically all over the country," said sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy. One woman in the photos, No. 28, was identified as Donnalee Campbell Duhamel, 31, whose decapitated body was found in a Malibu canyon in 1978 a few days after meeting Bradford at a bar, Peavy said. "What we have here is a very large group of pictures of women that we do not know for the most part who they are," Peavy said. Some were Bradford's wives and ex-wives, but the majority are unknown to authorities. "Many of them could have likely been homicide victims themselves," Peavy said. "Many of them may have just been women that he met in bars and took home and took photographs of." Following a televised news conference in which the photos were shown, phone calls began arriving from people claiming to be women in the photos or having information about them, said sheriff's Sgt. Alfredo Castro. "The phone hasn't stopped ringing," he said. "I'm pretty sure we're going to identify a lot of them soon." In all, investigators had received tips placing names to 12 of the women, though none has been confirmed yet, sheriff's Lt. Debra Lenhart said Wednesday. In the 1970s and '80s, Bradford, now 60, posed as a freelance photographer in the West Los Angeles area, taking photos of women he met at bars and car races, according to information on the department Web site. He worked as a handyman and sometimes hung out with a motorcycle gang, officers said. The photographs and film were seized when search warrants were served on Bradford's home at the time of his arrest in 1984, Peavy said. "Those items went into a case file. That case file, quite frankly nothing was really done with those photographs up until right now," Peavy said. Bradford was convicted in 1987 of first-degree murder in the stranglings of Shari Miller, 21, who he met in a bar, and Tracey Campbell, 15, a neighbor. Prosecutors said he lured them into accompanying him with promises to help their modeling careers. Miller's body was found in a West Los Angeles parking lot in July 1984, while Tracey's decomposed body was found in August 1984 at a campsite 28 miles east of Lancaster, a high desert area north of Los Angeles. In the penalty phase of his trial, Bradford asked the jury to sentence him to death: "Think of how many you don't even know about," he told jurors. It was unclear whether Bradford was currently represented by an attorney. An attorney who represented him in the past, Robert R. Bryan, did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday. Peavy said it's possible the remaining unidentified women were alive and well, though he wasn't hopeful. "My gut instinct," he said, alluding to a collage of the women's photos at the sheriff's homicide office, "is that there are probably a substantial number of victims on that board."
 

20060725: 50 Missing Women Connected to Inmate CA Los Angeles Serial Killer News

Investigators said Tuesday they are trying to find at least 50 women they have linked to a photographer on death row for murdering two aspiring models in the early 1980s.

Authorities are looking into whether the women were raped or killed between 1975 and 1984 by William Richard Bradford, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Web site.

In the 1970s and '80s, Bradford posed as a freelance photographer in the West Los Angeles area, taking sexually explicit photos of women he met at bars and auto races, according to the site. The site showed women striking poses in 54 photographs seized from his home in the 1980s.

Investigators renewed their interest in the photos while reviewing old cases recently, but they have had trouble contacting the women, said sheriff's Lt. Debra Lenhart. She said the case has generated leads in Michigan and Florida. Bradford, now 60, once lived or traveled there.

Bradford was convicted in 1987 of murder in the stranglings of Shari Miller, 21, and Tracey Campbell, 15. Prosecutors said he lured them by promising to help with their modeling careers. The victims' bodies were found during the summer of 1984, one of them in a Los Angeles parking lot, the other in the desert north of the city.

In the penalty phase of his trial, Bradford asked the jury to sentence him to death.

"Think of how many you don't even know about," he told the jurors.

It was not unclear whether Bradford has an attorney. A message left with an attorney who represented him in the past, Robert R. Bryan, was not immediately returned.

The unaccounted-for women were believed to have lived in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood and other beach cities.

Shortly after his arrest in the two killings in 1984, he pleaded no contest to an unrelated charge of rape and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

 

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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