In 1977

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Amber Felton
December 13, 2012
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In The Year 1977 Murder is the most vindictive crime society can commit, it happens everywhere and at least one murder takes place every day. In 1977 the estimated murders and no negligent manslaughter was 19,120. In general a case that involves a murder usually contains a motive, however the 1977 serial killings of ‘Son of Sam, the “Girl Scout Murder, and the ‘Hillside Strangler’ had no motive and no respect for human life that’s what makes the theme of the year for 1977 ‘thirst for blood.’ On the day of August 11, 1977 the people of New York City had one less concern as they went about their busy day. That morning the headline of The New York Times paper read “Suspect in ‘Son of Sam’ Murders Arrested in Yonkers; Police Say .44 caliber weapon is recovered.” The suspect is a man named David Berkowitz. He terrorized New York City for over a year, murdering six people and wounding seven others. The ‘Son of Sam’ crimes haunted New Yorkers in a big way not only because the crimes were random and the killer had no motive but mostly because he would leave messages through the letters he wrote. This letter was written to Captain Borrelli, It was left inside the car at the scene of the crime where the bodies of Valentina Surian and Alexander Esay were found. It read:
Dear Captain Joseph Borrelli, I am deeply hurt by your calling me a wemon hater. I am not. But I am a monster. I am the 'Son of Sam.' I am a little brat.When father Sam gets drunk he gets mean. He beats his family. Sometimes he ties me up to the back of the house. Other times he locks me in the garage. Sam loves to drink blood. 'Go out and kill,' commands father Sam. 'Behind our house some rest. Mostly young — raped and slaughtered — their blood drained — just bones now. Papa Sam keeps me locked in the attic too. I can't get out but I look out the attic…...

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