Son Of Sam And The DC Comic Connection You Didn't Know
Everybody knows the Son of Sam. After Charles Manson, no figure of crime has captured the fascination of America quite like him. Specifically, every New Yorker knows Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) very well and seemingly every one of them has a connection to him (In fact my uncle and mother went to Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx with him, one of my best friends' family friends was slain by him and I unfortunately share a birthday with him). Another connection is the one he shares with Comics industry in a little known anecdote.
In a truly terrifying tale, while Son of Sam was terrorizing New York City in the Summer of 1977, 40 years ago, the NYPD was so desperate that they entertained that the killer was in the art or graphic design industry due to the high aesthetic quality of the letters he started leaving on his victim's bodies. This led them to DC Comics Headquaters at 1700 Broadway in Manhattan.
Bob Rozakis, who worked there at the time recounts:
"At the time, I was Assistant Production Manager at DC. One of my jobs was assigning the lettering work, so it was not surprising when I was called into President Sol Harrison’s office and asked if I could suggest anyone. Though the lettering might have had a look of professionalism to an untrained eye, I quickly pointed out that it was far too inconsistent to be anything we would have used. When Sol and Production Manager Jack Adler agreed with my evaluation, the detectives thanked us and went on their way."
However Rozakis goes on to say (this is all on his blog, "Anything Goes" by the way) that he and several other of his co-workers did suspect a fellow reclusive, zealous artist, but chose not to disclose this to the NYPD for whatever reason. The real killer was arrested on August 10th of that Summer and will be imprisoned the rest of his life.
What do you think? Could David Berkowitz have been a Comic letterer instead of a serial killer?