Son of Hope


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Short Summary of David's Salvation
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from Hell to Heaven
dbj volume april-may-2000 Enemies, Exodus, Rapture
dbj volume july-aug.-sept. 2000 Victory Report
dbj volume oct-dec. 2000 Tears, Prayer, America, KKK Leader Saved
January 2001 Reaching Out to Victims, Forgiving Myself
February 2001 Typewriters, Mayor Beam, Innis Cosby
March 2001EArthquakes, Jim is Dead, Black and Satanic Metal, Zero Tolerance
VOLUME a JUNE 2001 My Birthday, Another Miracle
VOLUME b JUNE 2001 Setting Things in Order, I Will Bless the Lord
VOLUME c JUNE 2001 I'm Only An Example, God's Mercy
VOLUME a OCTOBER 2002 Lockdown, Sniper Shootings
VOLUME b OCTOBER 2002 Caught Sleeping, Larry King, Suffering
VOLUME NOVEMBER 2002a Three For Jesus, Getting Out
VOLUME b NOVEMBER 2002 Jailhouse Missionaries, Wendell Judd
VOLUME c NOVEMBER 2002 Weakness, Thanksgiving
VOLUME (a) DECEMBER 2002 Son of Suffering, Mack
VOLUME (b) DECEMBER 2002 Andy Tant, The Choice is Yours
david wins lawsuit
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pataki letter on parole
David' Full Tract Testimony
anniversary of arrest
everlasting arms
wasp watching
Danny's Song
have faith
London Terror
a hard lesson
an evil time
being there
fascination with serial killers
judge alexander testimony
The Invisible Kid
Jesus at the Door
Red Lake Massacre
Red Lake Aftermath
Torment to Salvation
code orange
code orange
terrorist alerts
cultivating the fruits of the spirit
praying for one another
enduring physical woes
suffering teaches patience
the wasted death of frank di marco
prison violence
a walk in the yard
victory report from brooklyn tabernacle
Jesus gets the credit
chuck's son
making money
comments on gay marriage
richard's divorce
April 2004
April 2004 b
dear friend sister jean
"Danny's Transfer"
response from focus on the family
the power of praise
light afflictions
columbine anniversary
The Lord Uses Women
the other side of the wall
joseph's great example
a plea to young people
changing of seasons
VOLUME AUGUST 2005 a Family Day
volume a May 2006 He's Always With Me
VOLUME b May 2006 1-800-BADADVICE
VOLUME c MAY 2006 Open Doors, God's Will
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (a) Birthday Move, Painting a New Cell
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (b) Prison Retreat, Larry's Coat
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (c) God's Presence, True Love
VOLUME JUNE 2006 (d)Betrayal, Surprise Good News
A Statement of Facts


     Several days ago I received a letter from a young man by

the name of Mike.*  He was boasting to me about his big

collection of serial killer cards and his fascination with such



     Jake said that he reads a lot of books and loves to watch

movies about serial killers,  that he has amassed many facts

about them from the internet.


     My heart was heavy as I read his letter.  He's obviously

deluded by the media’s portrayals of those who commit these

kinds of crimes.


     I seldom get letters like Jake's.  But on occasion people

like him do write to ask questions or to express their

fascination with  this subject.


     Usually I never reply.  With his man, though, I did. 


     I tried to explain to Jake that hurting another person is

a horrible thing.  It's not exciting or fun.  Rather it is sick

and evil.


     It's a nightmare with lots of grief and pain, I said to

him, not only for the families of the victims, but for the ones

doing the harm.


     Jake needed to know, too, that I have a tremendous amount

of sorrow for what I did at a time when my own life was out of

control.  That I had no right to take peoples' lives, and how I

would do anything if I could undo it.


     To me this man appears to be living in a Hollywood-type

fantasy world in which killing someone is portrayed as being of

no big deal, and that’s cool. I believe that when someone

watches certain crime shows on television or in the movies, it

is easy to get a false impression.  I tried  to bust through

Jake’s immature and absurd ideas by telling him that inmates

basically lead broken and defeated lives.  We struggle to

survive, and we must endure the day-to-day monotony of prison



     I explained to Jake that being locked up is hard.  That I

myself have nearly twenty-eight  years of confinement, and I have

to live in a cage like an animal.


     He needed to be told to look beyond his fascination with

mass murderers and face reality.


     I was firm with Jake, but I was kind.  I hope I was able

to help him to see that his present views are foolish.



                                 David Berkowitz

                                 April 16, 2005



*Jake is not his real name


(c) 2005 David Berkowitz


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