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Son of Sam discusses parole, Christianity in letter to Fox News

by Shannon Harris on August 25, 2011

David Berkowitz, a convicted serial killer who is serving time for a string of murders in New York City in the 1970s, recently wrote a letter to Fox News discussing his upcoming parole date. According to the letter, Berkowitz, who is also known as the Son of Sam, stated that he will not be seeking parole because of his newfound religion.

"I have no interest in parole and no plans to seek release," Berkowitz writes in the letter, according to Fox News. "If you could understand this, I am already a 'free man.' I am not saying this jokingly. I really am. Jesus Christ has already forgiven and pardoned me, and I believe this."

Berkowitz gained notoriety after he was convicted of killing six people and wounding seven more between 1976 and 1977. He gained the nickname Son of Sam after leaving a note at one of his gruesome crime scenes that read, "I am a monster, I am the Son of Sam."

According to the Associated Press, Berkowitz has been in prison for 34 years, and in that time has been denied parole on five separate occasions. Next year, he will be eligible for a sixth hearing.

Despite his violent past, Carol Weaver, a spokeswoman for the New York State Division of Parole, told Fox News that Berkowitz has been very well-behaved at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in New York.

While it may be unusual that the convicted murderer stated he had no intentions of seeking parole, it's virtually impossible that he would ever have received it, even with his model behavior.

Berkowtiz's Christianity has apparently made him remorseful, as he wrote in his letter that he feels "deep regret and sorrow over my past criminal actions."

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