This sale is for one framed David Richard Berkowitz signature, photo and letter. The signature was hand written by Berkowitz on the second page of the letter. The second page had been folded and framed to display the signature as shown. The first page of the letter and its envelope are included to complete the set.
The size of the frame is apx 14" H by 12" W.
David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco; June 1, 1953), known also as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in New York City during the summer of 1976, perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver. He killed six victims and wounded seven others by July 1977.
As the number of victims increased, Berkowitz eluded a massive police manhunt while leaving letters that mocked the police and promised further crimes, much publicized by the press. He achieved worldwide notoriety.
Berkowitz was arrested by New York City police homicide detectives during August 1977, and was indicted for eight shooting incidents. He confessed to all of them, and claimed to have been obeying the orders of a demon, manifested in the form of a dog ("Harvey") who belonged to his neighbor ("Sam"). Despite his explanation, Berkowitz was found mentally competent and incarcerated in state prison for murder.
In the course of further police investigation, Berkowitz was also implicated in many unsolved arsons in the city. Intense coverage of the case by the media gave almost a celebrity status to Berkowitz, and some observers noted that he seemed to enjoy it. In response, the New York State legislature enacted new legal statutes, known popularly as "Son of Sam laws", designed to keep criminals from profiting financially from the publicity created by their crimes. Despite various amendments and legal challenges, the statutes have remained law in New York, and similar laws have been enacted in several other states.
Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively. During the mid-1990s, he amended his confession to claim that he had been a member of a violent Satanic cult which orchestrated the incidents as ritual murder. He remains the only person ever charged with the shootings, yet some law enforcement authorities have questioned whether Berkowitz's claims are credible. A new investigation of the murders began during 1996, but was suspended indefinitely after inconclusive findings.
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