Nation: An Urge to Kill

Son of Sam pleads guilty

Did you have a purpose?"

"To kill somebody."

"Did you have any particular person in mind?"

"No."

"What consequences did you expect?"

"That I'd be arrested and put in jail."

Speaking calmly and without hesitation, David Berkowitz, 24, also known as "Son of Sam," took just 21 minutes last week to complete the macabre litany required by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Corso. Its purpose: to establish Berkowitz's understanding of his plea and its consequences, regarding the yearlong spree of .44-cal. shootings that left six victims dead, seven wounded, and...

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