July 12, 2015
Prof. J. Weiss
“Son of Sam”
David Berkowitz better known as the “Son of Sam” is from New York. I choose him because I wanted to learn more about what drove him to commit such heinous crimes. I wanted to look into his mind and research why his mind was working like this. Could it be possible that a neurologic defect drove him to become a serial killer?
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They renamed him David Richard Berkowitz and he was the couple’s only child. (Montaldo, C.). David grew up in the Soundview section of the Bronx, which was a middle class neighborhood with mostly Jewish and Italian families.
At the age of 5 years old, not only did he began to take showers with his father, but when they went to the beach club, his mother bathed him in the shower in the presence of other naked women. By the age of 6 years old, David noticed the power men had over women, “when a male entered the women’s side of the bathhouse, all the women shrieked”. (Gale Biography). At the age of 7 and 8 years old, he experienced a series of head accidents. First, he was hit by a car and suffered head injuries. A few months later he ran into a wall and again suffered head injuries. Then he was hit in the head with a pipe and received a four inch gash in the forehead. Believing his natural mother died while giving birth to him was the source of intense guilt, and anger inside David. His size and appearance did not help matters. He was larger than most kids his age and not particularly attractive, which he was teased by his classmates. His parents were not social people, and David followed in that path, developing a reputation for being a loner. At the age of 14 years old David became very depressed after his adoptive mother Pearl, died from breast cancer. He viewed his mother’s death as a monster plot designed to destroy him. (Gale Biography). He began to fail in school and began an infatuation with petty larceny and pyromania. He sets fires, claiming monsters were bothering him. David killed and tortured animals, including his mother’s parakeet. He also, killed thousands of bugs by burning and gluing them with rubber cement. (Gale Biography).
In 1971 David’s father remarried, but he did not get along with his adoptive father’s second wife. David at 18 years old joined the U.S. Army and served in the United States and South Korea. During that time he had his one and only sexual experience with a prostitute and caught a venereal disease. When he returned home he found out his natural mother was still alive and that he had a half sister. (Montaldo, C.). There was a brief reunion but David was enraged and resented that his mother had kept and loved his sister and abandoned him. Then his...