The "Son of Sam" killer, aka David Berkowitz, has spoken out in a new interview and revealed his feelings about the murders he committed in 1977. Among his comments is Berkowitz's statement that "God has given me peace about my situation."
"It's too painful," Berkowitz told reporter Tanyanika Samuels about his mindset during the summer of 1977. Berkowitz shot 13 people, killing six, during a blackout in New York City. He terrorized the city and became known as the "Son of Sam" after he sent a letter to the New York Police Department.
What he did say about that time in his life was that he was "lost, tormented and confused. I have more regrets than words can say," he explained. "I continue to pray for the victims of my crimes. I do wish them the best in life. But I'm sure the pain will never end for them. I regret that."
Berkowitz now hopes that others will learn to put down guns, especially in light of the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Wisconsin. "Society has to take the glory out of guns. Young people have no business carrying a gun. I would love to speak bluntly to those gangbanging teens and wanna-bes and tell them prison is nothing like what you think."
"I think it's a big tragedy when I see young men with their macho faces like they're cool, when I know they are really scared to death. I know because I've been there. If you're packing a gun, you're making a big mistake, and you'll regret it," Berkowitz said.
When Berkowitz was arrested, police found a duffel bag filled with ammunition in his car. He was carrying the murder weapon on his person when officials moved in and took him into custody. As police entered his apartment, they noticed that the room was filled with Satanic graffiti.
Berkowitz has said that he prays for his victims and fully believes in God now. It's a complete turnaround from what most imagine from the "Son of Sam," but he now testifies that he is grateful for the new chance he has.
"I have regrets about all the people I hurt, about what my life would have been like. I missed out on a lot. But God has given me peace about my situation," Berkowitz concluded.
He will never see freedom again, having been sentenced to 365 years for the murders.