Former ‘Son of Sam’ Hospitalized for Heart Ailment

David Berkowitz, the serial killer who terrorized New York City in the 1970s and dubbed himself “Son of Sam,” is being treated at Albany Medical Center Hospital for a heart ailment, sources have confirmed.News that Berkowitz was awaiting emergency heart surgery in Albany on Monday was first reported in the New York Post. Berkowitz, who has been in prison since 1978, is an inmate at the Shawagunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, Ulster County.

A statement from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said, “Inmate Berkowitz has been transferred to an outside hospital and remains in the custody of the Shawangunk Correctional Facility. DOCCS cannot comment on an inmate’s specific medical condition.”

The only hospital in Albany with a secured facility for treating inmates is Albany Med.

Berkowitz killed six people and wounded seven others with a .44 caliber revolver between 1976 and 1977. His killing spree was highly publicized in the press, as he taunted police with messages and eluded a manhunt for months.

Most of his victims were women, usually with long, dark brown hair. He also targeted couples in cars.

While the press had dubbed him the “.44 Caliber Killer,” Berkowitz referred to himself as “Son of Sam” in letters left near the bodies of two victims. He claimed to have been obeying the orders of a demon that took the form of a dog belonging to his neighbor Sam.

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SOURCE: Albany Times Union