Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

David Berkowitz: The Son of Sam

On May 30, 1977, New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin received a letter signed “Son of Sam.” The hand-written letter began, “Hello from the gutters of N.Y.C. which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine and blood.”

Senior prank: The vagina letters

Every year seniors pull a prank, risking disciplinary action and even arrest. This latest one involved mailing a notice of “Mandatory Vagina Inspection” on official school letterhead to all the parents. Administrators, who characterize the prank as: in extremely poor taste, don’t yet know who is behind the letter, but police are investigating.

Evidence Files: The Son of Sam letter

In August 1977, David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, was arrested and charged with a series of murders. Four months prior to his arrest, a police officer patrolling the area where a young couple had been shot dead found a letter addressed to NYPD Captain Joseph Borrelli. This is the letter in its entirety.

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Christmas card from the Zodiac Killer

On December 27, 1969, personal injury lawyer Melvin Belli got a Christmas card from the Zodiac Killer. It contained a bloody piece of the shirt of murdered cab driver Paul Stine, and was deemed by authorities to be authentic. Read the letter in its entirety. The puzzling case of the Zodiac remains unsolved.

Look: Stewie Griffin as drawn by Richard Ramirez

It seems oddly appropriate that the Night Stalker would draw everyone’s favorite murder-plotting, sexually confused cartoon baby.

Robber Returns Money with Apology Note 11 Years Later

Somboon Wu was working at his family’s Nashville, Tennessee, store, the Interasian Market and Deli, when an unidentified man walked in a handed him an envelope containing $400 and a note.

Thieves Have Change of Heart, Return Stolen Goods with Apology

Everyone was shocked, but it seems that when thieves discovered that they had robbed a nonprofit organization that helps the victims of sexual assault, they thought better of it, secretly returned their loot and apologized.

The Night Stalker’s Letter to a Fake Little Boy

In the 1990′s, writer and humorist Bill Geerhart began writing letters to celebrities, politicians and criminals under the guide of a young boy. An especially unsettling response to one of his letters came from serial killer Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker.

Paralyzed Girl’s Letter to Drunk Driver Brings Jury to Tears

Last summer, 9-year-old Xitclalli “Chilli” Vasquez was paralyzed from the chest down after a drunk driver collided head-on with the car she was riding in. At his sentencing last week, Vasquez read a letter she wrote to the driver. Before she was through reading, everyone in the Fort Worth courtroom, including the driver himself, was in tears.

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