Is David Berkowitz still alive in 2021? Where is Son Of Sam now?

Amber Peake May 6, 2021
Is David Berkowitz still alive in 2021? Where is Son Of Sam now?

Is David Berkowitz still alive in 2021? David Berkowitz is the subject of a new Netflix docuseries, The Sons Of Sam, which investigates his shootings in New York in the summer of 1976. Amid news the series, some are curious to learn more about the Son Of Sam killings and whether David Berkowitz is still alive.

Who is David Berkowitz aka Son Of Sam?

David Berkowitz, born 1 June 1953, was a serial killer now infamously known as Son Of Sam.

He began his killing spree in New York City in summer 1976 and went on to commit eight separate shooting attacks in New York until July 1977.

Berkowitz killed six people during his attacks and later became known as Son Of Sam due to his signature letters written to the police and press.

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David Berkowitz, a 24-year-old postal worker, is taken from the Gold Street station house to Brooklyn Criminal Courts Building August 11. Berkowitz was arrested August 10 outside his Yonkers home as a suspect in the “Son of Sam” murder case.
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Berkowitz was arrested on 10 August 1977, which brought an end to one of the largest manhunts New York City had ever seen.

Over the years, Berkowitz’s case has been featured in many dramas and films, including 1999 film Summer Of Sam.

More recently, his case was a part of the Netflix series Mindhunter, which was added to the streaming platform in 2017.

Berkowitz has since become the subject of a new Netflix documentary, The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness. The four-part docuseries follows journalist Maury Terry’s investigation into the killings and the possibility Berkowitz didn’t act alone in his crimes.

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Is David Berkowitz still alive in 2021 and where is he imprisoned?

After his arrest in 1977, Berkowitz pleaded guilty to the six killings and was sentenced to the maximum prison term of 25 years to life for each murder.

As of 6 May 2021, David Berkowitz is still alive and imprisoned in Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County, New York, aged 67.

During his sentence, Berkowitz has been transferred to hospital a number of times after facing health issues. In 2018, he was reported to have undergone cardiac surgery, which might have confused some viewers of the new series as to whether the Son Of Sam killer was still alive.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.