Son Of Sam Serial Killer’s ‘I’m Kind’ Claim
Sadistic seventies murderer David Berkowitz was refused parole for the 16th time last week, after failing to convince a parole board he’s nowadays a God-fearing model prisoner who’s been spending his 29 years in jail doing ‘a lot of good and positive things’.
“I’ve really done something wonderful. I was constantly putting myself out there to help other individuals with kindness and compassion,” he claimed.
“I feel that’s my life calling, all these years. My evaluations, and so forth, should show that to be true.” (New York Post )
Berkowitz’s almost pastoral portrait of his lifestyle in maximum security jail Sullivan Correctional facility in Fallsburg, contrasted markedly with the chillingly brutal depiction of day to day prison life presented by undercover reporter Shane Bauer in an extended feature published this week by Motherjones.
Spending four months working undercover as a bottom-of-the-rung prison guard in private jail Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana, he recounted having to deal with multiple knife fights between prisoners and nonstop intimidation and overt aggression from convicts trying to control him.
However, the worst fates he described were reserved for prisoners who had been sexually assaulted and found themselves marked out permanently as ‘punks’.
Alongside being forced to carry out menial tasks for predators and having to stay clean shaven at all times, he described how victims were also made to ‘pee sitting down or by backing up to the urinal with his penis tucked between his legs’.
“Once a punk, always a punk,” he reported.
“Miss Carter, the mental health director, told us she’s seen just two inmates reverse their punk status in the eight years she’s been here, and both cases involved stabbing a lot of people.” (MotherJones )