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Confessions of Son of Sam
     

Confessions of Son of Sam

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by David Abrahamsen
 
In 1976 the country was shocked and fascinated by a bizarre series of murders in New York City. The killer, known as "Son of Sam," stalked his victims after dark, choosing as his prey young women, usually sitting with their dates in parked cars. For one long year, the city lay in the grip of fear. On August 10, 1977 it was finally over. David Berkowitz was

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In 1976 the country was shocked and fascinated by a bizarre series of murders in New York City. The killer, known as "Son of Sam," stalked his victims after dark, choosing as his prey young women, usually sitting with their dates in parked cars. For one long year, the city lay in the grip of fear. On August 10, 1977 it was finally over. David Berkowitz was arrested, and eventually sentenced to several hundred years behind bars. But the story didn´t end there. In March 1979 Dr. David Abrahamsen, a psychiatrist retained by the Brooklyn district attorney to examine Berkowitz - and the only one to judge him competent to stand trial - received a letter from the killer. He wanted to tell his whole story to, ironically, the man who pronounced him fit for trial.
Confessions of Son of Sam is a probing analysis of the mind of the man responsible for one of the most terrifying and most publicized serial murders of all time. Based on fifty hours of personal interviews with Berkowitz and four hundred pages of personal correspondence with him, it is a unique and compelling portrait of a killer who told all to the psychiatrist he came to know and confide in - in a man he knew he could not fool.
From police interrogations, exhaustive psychological tests, and numerous discussions with Berkowitz´s family, friends, former teachers, and others, Abrahamsen unmasks the killer´s complex personality, weaving both a terrifying psychological profile and a riveting detective story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231057608
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1985
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.92(d)

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Confessions of Son of Sam 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Satan Satan SAtan When will we finally realize he gets blamed when really we are all responsible for our actions. Sam Berkowitz has the disassociative disorder from being sheltered from Gentiles and heathens. I believe his lack of a motherly figure and hating his stepmother was the cataslyst to his deepening dillusions. David I believe is not insane but hollow from years of just existing. I think the book is a bit muddled but is a GOOD BIBLIOGRAPHY REFERENCE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this book was fascinatingly accurate in most of the details, there is one place where it falls far short and shows that fear mongering and not investigative reporting had taken over. Berkowitz in fact never had any connection to the Process Church. As far as the Church sacrificing animals, The Process was strictly anti-vivisectionist and would never would have condoned nor allowed any of its members to participate in any activity like this. It appears that The Process Church was an easy scapegoat, as there were no members around to defend themselves at that time, when in fact The Process Church went on to through many manifestations to become Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. The point being that had the authours taken the time to properly investigate the connection they would have found it to be tenuous at best, and impossible to prove, so they settled for speculation and sensationalism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Mr. Berkowitz relizes that what he has done in his past life is totally un acceptable and very non human like why would he do such a thing like that. If he fetlt like the leader of the Devil, why couldn't he kill himself and vanish his dreams. Why would he just kill innocent people who are very young to die and full of dreams. If he wanted to see blood and survive from their innocent blood , he could of just had his own blood. Thank God that he understands that what he did was very demonic, but still he is a human being. He should know what is right and what is wrong.How would he feel if the same thing happen to him. If his parents were the cause for his diviant behaviour, he should of just killed his parents and enjoyed their blood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I 've read this book about two months ago and found it very interesting, but at the same time I was very confused. I also read other books about Son of Sam and some things just don't really match. For example, Dr. Abrahamsen says that the reason Berkowitz killed was because he was sexually frustrated and the recent knowledge that his biological mother had given him away because he was illigitimate was the last straw. But if you read other books about Berkowitz there are many contradictions. I don't doubt that Berkowitz could have conned a psychiatrist. I am aware that Abramhamsen declared him sane and obviously he is no man to be easily fooled, but neither is Berkowitz.