Daughter of man terrorized by “Son of “Sam” now visits him in prison
Shayna Glassman knows her family does not want her to write and visit with David Berkowitz, the infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer.
“My family told me, ‘Shayna — don’t pursue this,'” she says.
And she certainly knows how her deceased father would feel. “A relative told me, ‘Your dad would be so mad at you,'” she says.
But more than anything, she is painfully aware that she’s Berkowitz’ “type.”
“I would have been his prime target,” she told CBS News. “I’m a young, attractive long haired female and I’m the daughter of the person he thought was the devil. There’s gotta be some deep psychological thing happening between us.”
Still, none of that stops Shayna from writing and visiting Berkowitz, now 64 years old, and an inmate at a maximum security prison in upstate New York. He’s been incarcerated the past 40 years for shooting and killing six New Yorkers and wounding seven others in a murderous spree that’s terrorized the city in 1976 and 1977.
“There was something deeper I needed to get,” she says. “It’s my way of being with my father. The one thing he left me was this story.”
In 1977, Shayna’s father, Craig Glassman, lived in apartment 6E at 35 Pine Street in Yonkers. His direct upstairs neighbor was Berkowitz, then a young postal worker.
Craig was a nursing student and a volunteer deputy sheriff with the Yonkers Police Department. He often wore his police uniform which is why Glassman believed Berkowitz focused on him and came to hate him.
Glassman’s full story was told in a 1990 now-out-of-print book titled “Off The Wall.” Part of the reason for the title are the writings police found on Berkowitz’ apartment walls, some of them referencing “Craig.” The “Son of Sam” also mentioned “Craig” in a letter to police when he wrote: “Because Craig is Craig so must the streets be filled with Craig (death).”
It was back in the summer of ’77 — known locally as the Summer of Sam — Craig Glassman began to get threatening letters. They were written in script and did not appear similar to the printed letters Berkowitz sent to the police and New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin.
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