David's prison letters, from what have been published in TUE and other media sources, show he's not inclined to write like someone who "loves word games". There's no British spelling, no poetic license, allegories or anything that could be remotely characterized as imaginative. Here's a link to examples of confirmed Berkowitz letters:
Please note: at least on my browser, the text links just lead back to the same page. On the left are thumbnails of he letters. Those open up (for me). You might have to save some to your desktop and expand in order to read.
I also ran across the graffiti from his apartment. Note "Children". Maybe a coincidence, maybe not.
Speaking of letters, this snippet from the NYT on the day of David's arrest struck me as odd:
Detectives who found the car said they had looked inside and had seen the butt of a machine gun sticking out of a gunny sack. They said they had also found a letter with printing that resembled that on the two letters known to have been written by the killer, as well as a message later found in the suspect's apartment.
The written message contained the following passage:
"Because Craig is Craig, so must the streets be filled with crime (death) and huge drops of lead poured down upon her head until she was dead -- Yet the cats still come out at night to mate and the sparrows still sing in the morning."
Two things: We're to believe David really, really, REALLY had it in for Glassman. Who was on the scene of his arrest? Glassman. Second, that makes three letters (or two letters and one "poem") with the slanted block handwrinting. But he doesn't write that way on his wall around the same period, when that very graffiti was supposed to be written for the purpose of making him out to be a lone crazy killer who goes by the name Son of Sam.
After looking at photos of Berk's apartment, I wondered if anyone ever cataloged items on site, particularly books, magazines, self-published religious tracts that deal with the end of the world, that sort of thing. A long shot, sure, but what have I got to lose but a few keyboard clicks. So I googled "David Berkowitz books", figuring something interesting might come up. Didn't find anything along those lines, but I guess I found "Lee Chase".
Did you follow the breadcrumb trail in the back of Jonathan Mitchell’s ebook?
Yes, I purchased Jon's book and that is where I started to see how close Maury's pseudonyms were to the actual real names.
I heard an interview that Maury Terry did a few years prior to his death in 2015. In the interview, it sounded like Maury was working on the definitive update of "The Ultimate Evil". In Maury's words, it sounded like "and there will be no holding back this time" meaning naming names (finally).
I figured this update would be raring to go sometime around the 40th anniversary time frame of Son of Sam in 2016-2017
Unfortunately, Maury passed before this came to fruition.
Hopefully, someone else can pick up the torch and update "The Ultimate Evil" for the 50th anniversary in 2026-27, but it may be difficult with copyrights and access and other legal things. Jon and Professor Horan would seem more than capable of doing this update if they were granted access and can clear the legal hurdles and were interested.
Well, Maury's nephew inherited the whole shebang. What he's going to do with it is anybody's guess. I'm not holding my breath that Maury knew a whole lot more than he published. I think he fell into the same trap that a lot of successful authors fall into--his publisher and agent and publicist promising another blockbuster that he just couldn't produce.
"When a man lies, he murders some part of the world." —Paul Gerhardt
Does anyone know anything about Berkowitzs prison weightlifting boyfriend Gary Charles Evans? I know he was a serial killer and weightlifter from New York. Born in 1954 he would have been of age to know Berkowitz and the crew before Berkowitz went to prison.