ALBANY, NY — “Son of Sam” serial killer David Berkowitz has been hospitalized with a heart condition, according to reports and state officials.
On Monday, Berkowitz had emergency heart surgery at an Albany hospital, according to sources.
“Inmate Berkowitz has been transferred to an outside hospital and remains in the custody of the Shawangunk Correctional Facility,” the New York State Department of Corrections said in a statement. The hospital made no immediate comment on Berkowitz’s condition.
Berkowitz, 64, fatally shot seven people with his .44 caliber revolver and wounded seven other victims between 1976 and 1977 in New York City.
During this time, Berkowitz terrified the city and became one of America’s most notorious serial killers.
Many of his victims were couples sitting in cars – and he often returned to the scenes of his crimes. For months he eluded police, and sent the media taunting letters in which he wrote “I’ll be Back. I’ll be Back,” and signed off with “Yours in Murder Mr. Monster.” Cops finally nailed him on August 10, 1977.
In addition, Berkowitz told investigators that a black Labrador named Harvey who belonged to his neighbor Sam Carr demanded the blood of pretty young girls and ordered him to kill. Berkowitz also stated that Carr was a powerful demon called “Son of Sam.”
However, at a February 1979 press conference, Berkowitz stated his previous claims of demonic possession were a hoax, and that he he had murdered the women because he felt anger due to his lack of success with women.
He was sentenced to six consecutive sentences of 25-years-to-life.
During his time behind bars at the Shawagunk Correctional Facility in Wakllkill in Ulster County, Berkowitz became a born-again Christian. He now refers to himself as the “Son of Hope” instead of the infamous Son of Sam.
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Main photo: David Berkowitz [Wikimedia Commons]