Son of Sam murders

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Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti

Carl Denaro and Rosemary Keenan

Donna DeMasi and Joanne Lomino

Christine Freund and John Diel

Virginia Voskerichian

Alexander Esau and Valentina Suriani

Sal Lupo and Judy Placido

Stacy Moskowitz and Robert Violante

Official investigation

Initial police work

Capture of Berkowitz

Main article: David Berkowitz


Cult details

Others involved

Structure and history

Related articles: Process Church, Alfred Hunt Howell, Roy Cohn, ...

Nationwide operations

Related articles: Manson Family, Arlis Perry murder, Bill Mentzer

See also


External links

Victim information

  • Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti - 1976/07/29 in the Bronx
    • Note that Lauria was an ambulance technician who might have become aware of a drug ring involving Nugan Hand Bank that imported Golden Triangle heroin into the US through blood supplies
  • Carl Denaro and Rosemary Keenan - 1976/10/23 in Queens
    • Note that Denaro was a security guard for Citibank, a major bank involved in worldwide money laundering operations, purportedly including those of the Nugan Hand Bank
    • Ed Opperman interview in 2017 with Son of Sam victim Carl Denaro - mentions the local cult leader only named as "Mr. Real Estate" and brings up Durst as one suspect; brings up a yellow Volkswagen seen at many murder scenes and part of the initial news reports, which was excised from the account of the murders after Berkowitz was found not to have them; says that Terry's files are in safe hands following his passing; discussion of possibility that Bill Mentzer was the Zodiac Killer; both DeNaro and Opperman mention the one-page INS document posted by Terry about Sirhan Sirhan being at Sharon Tate's house; brings up that Process founder Mary Ann de Grimston was a high-class call girl living close to where the Profumo affair prostitutes were; DeNaro expresses a belief that Timothy Wyllie's denials of Process Church crimes are unconvincing even to Wyllie himself; gives a criticism of serial killer profiling; discusses how the Process Church moved to Atlanta right after the Son of Sam murders (Denaro says "that's fact") and the Atlanta child murders happened immediately thereafter
    • People, "Survivor of the 'Son of Sam' Speaks Out 41 Years Later: 'I'm One of the Luckiest Guys in the World'", 2017/07/27
  • Donna DeMasi and Joanne Lomino - 1976/11/27 in Queens
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  • Christine Freund and John Diel - 1977/01/30 in Queens
    • Note that Freund was a secretary for Reynolds Securities, a financial institution in Manhattan that purportedly did business with Citibank and Nugan Hand Bank
  • Virginia Voskerichian - 1977/03/08 in Queens
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  • Alexander Esau and Valentina Suriani - 1977/04/17 in the Bronx
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  • Sal Lupo and Judy Placido - 1977/06/26 in Queens
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  • Stacy Moskowitz and Robert Violante - 1977/07/31 in Brooklyn
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Cult structure

  • John Carr - longtime cult member who recruited John Paul Ranieri into a Mafia prostitution ring; lived in Rochester NY in the early 1970s, and perhaps participated in the Alphabet murders there; went on to work at Minot Air Force Base, participating in a cult in North Dakota while also frequently commuting back to New York
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  • Michael Carr
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  • Wheat Carr
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  • Fred Cowan - an avowed neo-Nazi; on Valentine's Day 1977, he committed a massacre at the Neptune Worldwide Moving Company and then killed himself
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  • David O'Gorman - known as Gorman Johnson in The Ultimate Evil
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  •  ??? - known as Peter Shane in The Ultimate Evil
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  • Jim Faulkner - bought the home of Sam Carr
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  •  ??? - known as Reeve Rockman in The Ultimate Evil (TODO find name); worked in the same building as Christine Freund; known to North Dakota authorities as being acquainted with John Carr
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  • Barry Dossenko - known as Larry Milenko in The Ultimate Evil
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    • Meth production in the 1980s
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  • Alfred Hunt Howell - the leader in New York known as Mr. Real Estate and Moloch
    • kidkenoma, "UPDATE: MR REAL ESTATE", 2019/01/01
    • New York Times, "RUTH REA MARRIED TO ALFRED HOWELL; Pittsburgh Girl Becomes Bride of New Yorker at Summer Home of Her Parents MADE DEBUT HERE IN 1935 She Is Granddaughter of Mrs. Cleveland H. Dodge--Bridegroom Son of Banker", 1938/09/19: "Announcement has been made here of the marriage of Miss Ruth Rea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Childs Rea of Pittsburgh, to Alfred Hunt Howell, son of Mr., and Mrs. Alfred C. Howell of 815 Park Avenue, which took place Saturday at Bakobils, the Summer home in Rector, Pa., of the bride's parents."
    • New York Times, "A.H. Howell, 83, Book-Loving Banker", 1996/04/28: "Alfred Hunt Howell, a retired banker and philanthropist, died on Tuesday at his home in Riverdale, the Bronx. He was 83. He retired in 1972 as vice president for pension-fund investments at Citibank after 35 years with the bank. In retirement he pursued history and Middle Eastern studies at Columbia University. He learned Arabic and received a Ph.D. in medieval history in 1993, when he was 80. He had graduated from Princeton University in 1934 and earned a master's in philosophy at Columbia in 1978. His interest in philosophy and theology prompted his book "Who Made You? Theology, Science and Human Responsibility" (Praeger, 1989). As a collector of rare books, he was active for 54 years in the Grolier Club, the library and gathering place for bibliophiles on East 60th Street, of which he was a past president. He also was a trustee of the Frick Collection. He was a longtime benefactor of the Young Men's Christian Association and served as a trustee, board chairman and president at the metropolitan, state and national levels. He was also a director and vice president of the Bronx-based Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation. A native of Wyoming, Ohio, he arrived in Riverdale in the late 1940's and soon delved into community work, supporting a long list of cultural, recreational and social service institutions in the Bronx. Mr. Howell is survived by two sons, Alfred H. Jr., of Reston, Va., and Henry P., of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Ann H. Armstrong of West Chester, Pa.; six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. His wife of 55 years, Ruth Rea Howell, died in 1993."
    • New York Times, "Man Is Charged in 1996 Killing of Philanthropist", 1998/11/25: "The Bronx District Attorney, Robert T. Johnson, has charged Nikolaj Amann, 25, with first-degree murder, robbery, burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon in the April 23, 1996, slaying of Alfred H. Howell at Mr. Howell's Riverdale mansion. [...] According to family members and law enforcement officials, Mr. Howell's butler found the 83-year-old millionaire lying next to his bed in a pool of blood on April 24, 1996. But when Mr. Howell's doctor and police detectives arrived at the mansion on Palisade Avenue, they found nothing amiss and the elderly man's death was attributed to a heart attack. But in September 1996, detectives in Harrison, N.Y., arrested Mr. Amann on unrelated burglary charges stemming from a break-in in Westchester County, prosecutors said. While in custody, Mr. Amann confessed to shooting Mr. Howell during a robbery at the mansion, said law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The death was reclassified as a homicide this September, according to prosecutors and family members."
    • New York Daily News, "Tycoon's heart attack looking like murder", 1999/01/10: "A Bronx millionaire who cops first thought died of a heart attack in 1996 might have been gunned down in his Riverdale mansion by an armed robber, the Daily News has learned. Forensic tests performed on Alfred Hunt Howell indicate that there were fragments of lead in his ashes, sources told The News. The lab tests were ordered after murder suspect Nicolaj Amman confessed to investigators that he shot Howell after the 83-year-old millionaire surprised him as he was burglarizing the mansion. The forensic tests and Amman's confession raise serious questions about how police handled the initial investigation of the death. Police had concluded that Howell died of natural causes and released the body of the retired banker and philanthropist for cremation without an autopsy. [...] Cops and detectives from the 50th Precinct went to Howell's stately home overlooking the Hudson River on April 23, 1996, after the millionaire's body was found lying in blood in his bedroom. An empty wallet on the bed apparently did not raise the cops' suspicions. Family members contacted Bronx Supreme Court Justice Daniel Fitzgerald about their suspicions, and he referred the family to a lawyer, Larry Sheehan. The lawyer — who coincidentally has been appointed by the court to represent Amman — never met with the Howells, and the suspicions remained unexplored. The investigation was reopened after Amman was arrested for burglary in Westchester and told cops there that he had information about the slaying. Amman first tried to pin the slaying on two other men, claiming he was only a lookout. After a police probe cleared the two men, Amman admitted pistol-whipping the victim and then shooting him. [...] Detectives close to the case say they don't believe Amman shot Howell, and have floated the theory that the victim was bludgeoned with a candlestick holder."

Prominent individuals

  • From p.761-762 of The Ultimate Evil:

        When Berkowitz was arrested, he possessed a list of telephone numbers, which were barely investigated by the NYPD. No names accompanied these particular numbers, and the NYPD simply dialed them and wrote down notations such as "female answers" or "no answer." That was the extent of the Police Department's work.
        However, with the original paperwork in hand, I was able to enlist sources in the telephone company to identify the names behind the mysterious numbers. In light of what Vinny (and, earlier, Berkowitz) wrote about doctors and lawyers being connected to the cult, the results of the Berkowitz phone numbers search were intriguing.
        One number was identified as that of an exclusive country club in Long Island's Hamptons area: the Montauk Golf and Racquet Club. Two other numbers were listed to the Long Island summer residences of Yonkers doctors; these were not office numbers.
        Another number was that of a private residence in East Hampton, another belonged to an unlisted telephone in West Babylon, Long Island, and a final number was listed to a private home on exclusive Shelter Island, Long Island.
        Berkowitz also had the phone number of the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida — a facility owned and operated as a major training center by the Church of Scientology. This further cemented his relationship with middle-level Scientology official Michael Carr, at the least.
  • Roy Radin
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  • Andrew Crispo
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