Yonkers recalls 'The Son of Sam' killer

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Thursday marked 40 years since "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers.

Berkowitz lived in an apartment building on Pine Street when he killed six people and wounded seven others in the city during the summer of 1976 into 1977.

Police nabbed him after tracing a parking ticket he got at the scene of a shooting in Brooklyn to his home address in Yonkers.

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After he was arrested, the 24-year-old Berkowitz claimed he was told to commit the violence by a demon that manifested itself in the form of a dog who belonged to his neighbor "Sam."

Over the years, the city changed the number of the building from 35 to 42, but the grim memory of its most famous resident lingers.

Neighbors who currently live in Berkowitz's old building say they're not disturbed that a notorious serial killer lived here.

"It's in the past. He's caught. Really not anything to worry about," says Felix Madrid.

Residents tell News 12 that the realtor for the building now lives in Berkowitz's old apartment on the top floor.

Berkowitz is currently serving a more than 300-year sentence at an upstate New York prison.

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