Crime Causation - David Berkowitz

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On July 29, 1976 Jody Valenti and Donna Lauria were sitting in a car outside Donna’s apartment talking when out of nowhere, a man approached the car and shot them. Donna died at the scene and Jody survived the attack.

On October 23, 1976 Carl Denaro and Rosemary Keenan were shot while sitting in Carl’s car. Carl was shot in the head, but both people survived the attack.

On November 26, 1976 Donna DeMasi and Joanne Lomino were walking home after a movie and were shot. They both survived but Joanne became permanently paralyzed.

On January 30, 1977 Christine Freund and her fiancé John Diel were sitting in a parked car and were both shot. While Diel survived, Christine did not.

On March 8, 1977 Virginia Voskerichian, a student at Barnard College was walking home from class and was shot and killed.

On April 17, 1977 Valentina Suriani and her boyfriend Alexander Esau were both shot twice and killed.

On June 26, 1977 Judy Placido and Sal Lupu were both shot as they left a club. Although Judy was shot 3 times, they both survived.

On July 31, 1977 Bobby Violante and Stacy Moskowitz were both shot while parked in a place called “Lovers Lane”. Bobby was blinded in one eye and has only partial vision in the other. Stacy did not survive. (Montaldo, 2009)All of these people had one thing in common. They were all victims of David Berkowitz, also known as Son of Sam.

David Berkowitz was born David Falco on June 1, 1953 in New York. He was adopted by Nathan and Pearl Berkowitz and lived with them in a home in The Bronx, New York. He was very loved by his parents and they adored him. Although he was loved by them, he was...