- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 22, 2002

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz has written a letter telling the Washington area sniper to "stop hurting innocent people."

"I feel that I have been feeling this person's anger and rage toward law enforcement," Berkowitz wrote in a letter sent from Sullivan Correctional Facility, where he is imprisoned for his killing spree 25 years ago.

"I felt this person has a tremendous rage against the FBI, or anyone of the various law enforcement organizations that are in this area, and maybe towards the U.S. government in general."

Berkowitz sent the three-page letter to Rita Cosby of Fox News Channel after Miss Cosby wrote him seeking his comment on the sniper attacks, Fox News spokesman Paul Schur said. Miss Cosby read excerpts on the air yesterday.

The letter, dated Oct. 16, represents Berkowitz's first public comments about the shooter who has killed nine persons and wounded three others in Virginia, Maryland and Washington since Oct. 2.

In his letter, Berkowitz speculated as to the sniper's sanity.

"I am not sure it is one person or two, if this is a tormented and raging psychopath or a terrorist, or even an American terrorist such as Timothy McVeigh was," he wrote. Regardless, Berkowitz wrote, "he must stop hurting innocent people."

Berkowitz, 49, terrorized New York in 1976 and 1977, killing six persons and wounding seven others. His nickname came from a note he left at the sixth of eight shooting scenes: "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam."

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