this day in crime history: july 29, 1976


On this date in 1976, an unidentified man shot two women, 18 year old Donna Lauria and her friend, 19 year old Jody Valenti, while they sat in a car in the Bronx. Lauria died from her wounds, while Valenti survived. These were the first shootings attributed to the “.44 Caliber Killer,” who would later be known as the “Son of Sam.” A year and two days later, postal worker David Berkowitz would be arrested for the crime. Prior to being caught, Berkowitz would go on to kill five more victims and wound another six. Berkowitz was convicted of the crimes and is currently incarcerated at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY. His next parole hearing is scheduled for May 2016.

Further reading:

Crime Library – David Berkowitz: The Son of Sam – The Son of Sam

Wikipedia – David Berkowitz


2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: july 29, 1976

  1. John D.:
    Wasn’t he the loon that believed a DOG was “talking” to him?
    Even if he wasn’t, he needed to be put down.
    (damn shame he wasn’t)

    Good story.
    Stay safe out thre


    • Yup, he claimed to be receiving instructions from his neighbors Labrador Retriever. The neighbor’s name was Sam Carr, hence Son of Sam. There was a conspiracy theory that Carr’s adult sons were involved in the killings with Berkowitz. I read a book about it titled The Ultimate Evil. It was interesting, but I’m skeptical.


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