Also known as the .44 Caliber Killer, Berkowtiz was coined the Son of Sam after claiming that he committed the murders because his neighbor's possessed dog commanded him to. Young women with long hair with suitors seemed to be his target and Brooklyn's Shore Road area and other popular "Lovers Lanes" were deserted during his reign of terror.
Berkowitz was caught after suspicions arose when a witness saw him loitering in the neighborhood glaring at people passing. Several hours later he was seen taking a parking ticket off his car. Two days later a shooting took place and the witness contacted police. Berkowitz was charged with 15 murders throughout a two year period. His claims of mental illness and at one point, being part of a cult have been a subject of controversy.