Twenty-eight fascinating photos of David Berkowitz’s reign of terror.

While most people know David Berkowitz as a serial killer, he was also one of the most prolific serial arsonists in history.

Upon Berkowitz’s arrest in 1977, investigators discovered a detailed handwritten log of 1,411 fires the “Son of Sam” had started.

Berkowitz’s records included the location of the firebox from which the alarm was turned in, the address of the fire, what kind of fire equipment the department used, the time of day, and the weather. Eerily enough, some fires were close to the “Son of Sam” murder scenes.

The fires, which Berkowitz set at a rate of nearly 500 a year, ranged from small blazes in trash cans and vacant lots to buildings.

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This photo gallery originally appeared in True Crime Magazine’s Behind the Tape Photobook, along with nearly a thousand more crime scene photos.
WARNING: THE PHOTOBOOK ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.
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