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 Museum – David Berkowitz | Son of Sam Killer – The Son of Sam

Wikipedia – David Berkowitz


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

  1. John D.:
    T His was always one of those stories that creeps even me the hell out.

    Glad he’s where he belongs (behind bars)…and don’t EVER let his sorry ass out!

    Good story (and links).

    Roll safe out there.


    • Don’t worry, I don’t think Berkowitz is ever leaving prison alive.

      I read a book in the early 90s that put forward the theory that Berkowitz was only one member of a larger conspiracy. I’m not sure I believe that, but the author made a compelling case.


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