- David Berkowitz is not Seeking Parole in June 2002!
- On April 4, 2002 I received a large Manila Envelope from David
Berkowitz containing his letter to Governor George Pataki of New York concerning his
upcoming parole hearing. Since David has been in prison for almost 25 years, it is
standard for all those with life terms to come up for parole hearing, so this is not a
- I have placed this on my web site for the purpose of countering the
media disinformation which will soon spew forth concerning David Berkowitz. David became a
Christian in 1987 and this article is posted to help a brother in need.
- (Heb 13:3 KJV) Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them;
and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
An article I wrote for those who doubt God can save David!
Dr. Ken Matto
- Hon. George E. Pataki
- Governor, State of New York
- State Capitol
- Albany, NY 12224
- Re: Matter of Parole
- Dear Governor Pataki,
- I am writing to you with
regards to my parole hearing which is scheduled for June 2002. Sir, I am so very
sorry for the pain, grief and suffering I have caused innocent people by my criminal acts
of some twenty-five years ago.
- I am haunted by my actions
and I would do anything to undo this tragedy. I know that I have failed and disappointed
my loving family, and I disgraced myself for the rest of my life.
- However today, because of
Jesus Christ and my faith in Him, I am trying my best to make amends to society in any way
that I can. And I am thankful for whatever opportunities which come my way to do this.
- Also, as you know, last
month there was a burst of media coverage concerning my hearing. Unfortunately, no one
from the media had asked my opinion about the matter.
- And so with all due respect to
you and to New York States citizens, and with respect to the families who lost a
loved one, and to those who were seriously wounded, I wish to share my thoughts about
parole. I believe this will help to ease your concern and theirs.
- I am disappointed that
there is even going to be a parole hearing. I know that the sentencing laws require a
hearing to be held in June, a date which was set twenty-five years ago. But the fact is, I
have absolutely no interest in parole.
- I have done nothing
whatsoever to try to obtain parole. For example, I have never asked anyone, be they friend
or minister, to write a letter of support on my behalf. Likewise, I have never asked any
prison officials to write letters to recommend me for release. I do not believe in doing
- Frankly, I can give you no
good reason why I should even be considered for parole. I can, however, give you many
reasons why I should not be. The loss of six lives and the wounding of even more are
reasons enough for the latter.
- In all honesty, I believe
that I deserve to be in prison for the rest of my life. I have, with Gods help, long
ago come to terms with my situation and I have accepted my punishment.
- God has given me peace
about this. My faith has helped to put the past behind me and to always pray for those
whom I have hurt, and those who are still grieving till this very day.
- Sir, it is so tragic and
regrettable that the families of my victims have to go through more suffering. Right now
theyre filled with anger, anxiety and pain because they think I am trying hard to
get out of prison. But this is simply not true.
- Governor Pataki, these
people have nothing to worry about. For if and when I go to this hearing, it will only be
to show respect to the parole board, to apologize and take responsibility for my criminal
actions, and to basically tell them what I am now telling you - that I do
not deserve parole.
- Thank you, your honor, for
taking the time to read my letter. I hope it has brought some clarity to this matter. I
pray dearly that these families will be able to have some peace and closure very soon.
- David Berkowitz
- David Berkowitz
- Sworn before me this 27th day of March 2002.
- Charles a Gramlich
- Notary Public, State of New York
- Facts About Parole
- I want to give the following general facts about the matter of
Parole since this may become a big issue for some in the weeks to come. There
will be a lot of misinformation and incorrect media reporting. So hopefully this
information I am now giving will be of benefit.
- 1. In August 2002, I will have twenty-five years in prison. This is
the minimum amount of time required to meet my first life sentence.
- 2. I have consecutive life sentences which total more
than 350 years. I never added up the exact amount, and it is meaningless to do so..
- 3. The first official parole hearing is scheduled for June 2002. This
is the standard practice by the parole board to move up ones hearing two months in
advance of the minimum date. This procedure is done for all inmates.
- 4. Every inmate in New York State has a right to attend his parole
hearing, or he can refuse to attend.
- 5. As I have expressed in some of my journal entries for February, I
am not interested in parole.
- 6. I have not done anything to prepare for parole, in that I
have not done the things prisoners usually do if they want to have a chance of being
I have never asked a single friend, many of whom I have known for years, to write a
letter in my behalf.
I have never asked a single minister, ministry, church or any Christian
organization to support me for
parole by rallying people, getting signatures, etc.
I have never asked a single prison official, be they a guard, counselor, chaplain,
teacher or prison
administrator to write a letter in my behalf recommending parole.
- 7. I have accepted my sentence and punishment for my crimes and I am
not appealing my sentence.
- 8. I have sent to Governor George Pataki, via Certified Mail, a
letter expressing my feelings about the matter of parole. I told him of the sorrow and
regret I have over what happened back in 1976-77, but that I felt I did not deserve
- 9. As of today, March 26, 2002, no one from the news media has
interviewed me about my feelings concerning parole. So as it stands now, the families of
my victims have no idea that I am not trying to get out of prison. Instead they
think that I am trying hard to get out, and believing this has caused them all kinds of
pain, grief, and anxiety. I am sorry for this, but theres nothing I can do other
than to work hard to get my feelings out to the public.