Reporter Reveals Crucial Clues Police Missed That Could've Stopped Son Of Sam Serial Killer

"The Son of Sam became my pen pal."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

In 1977, the Son of Sam serial killer terrorized the residents of New York City for more than a year. Journalist Steve Dunleavy was the chief reporter at the New York Post covering the story. Forty years later, he remembers clues that he received from the killer, David Berkowitz.

"The Son of Sam became my pen pal. It was not something that was supposed to happen," Dunleavy writes in the Post. He remembers some of the ramblings sent to him: “I need you now Dunleavy… I should really kill you but I need you…” he wrote in one of several letters to the journalist. In another, the then-unknown killer said, “When I killed, I really saved many lives. You will understand later. People want my blood but they don’t want to listen to what I have to say… I am doomed now, my fate has already been decided. There are other ‘Sons' out there — God help the world.”

The journalist continues, "As disgusting as they were, his vicious and insane ramblings in the many letters he sent me gave varying and important clues to his twisted personality."

Now retired, Dunleavy is a part of the forthcoming documentary "Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer" on Investigation Discovery.

In his opinion, local cops could've found the serial killer earlier. "The tragedy of all this was that local authorities, the Yonkers Police Department, could have gotten close to Berkowitz if they had listened to a slightly nutty old man called Sam Carr — the real-life Sam whose name Berkowitz co-opted for his own insane moniker." Sam Carr says his wife received threatening letters from Berkowitz and their dog was shot by him. Carr said he complained to the cops but they disagreed.

A then 24-year-old Berkowitz was arrested on August 10, 1977. He killed six and wounded seven. Now 64, he is serving six consecutive 25 years-to-life sentences at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility. He became eligible for parole in 2002. At his last hearing in 2016, he referred to his killings as a “terrible tragedy.”

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