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When Son of Sam first struck on the morning of July 29 1976 no one could expect that a serial killer was making his debut Two young women Donna Lauria an eighteen-year-old brunette and her nineteen-year-old friend Jody Valenti were talking in Jodys car near the entrance of the Laurias apartment building in the Bronx New York City As they were talking a man came beside the car and pulled out a Charter Arms 44 Bulldog handgun from a paper bag he squatted down and fired into the car five times Shot in the neck Donna died immediately Jody shot in the thigh leaned on the horn while the man continued to pull the trigger even though the chamber was empty Klausner This act was just the beginning for David Berkowitz Police could find no motive for the attack Finally they theorized that it night have been either a mob execution with mistaken victims or a lone psycho However in the months to come they would find out they were terribly wrong It was not until three months later that the Son of Sam struck again and continued to strike on a month-to-month spree In all cases the survivors say a man approached then either in their car or on the street near their house and pulled a gun on them Police were not yet able to link these attacks to a single individual Things quieted for two months and then in the early hours of January 30 1977 the killer went hunting for his next victim After the fourth killing the police had two theories the killer was either psychotic or someone who had something against Christine Freund his last victim After further investigation they discovered that her murder matched those other assaults on Donna Lauria Donna LaMasi and Joanne Lomino They had a hunch they were dealing with one psycho packing a 44 stalking women in various parts of the city The police
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