As I’ve pointed out several times on this site, the justice that Christianity espouses is that you can be a serial killer, do your vicious deeds and then find salvation in Christ and clear the slate. Ted Bundy did it and so did Dahmer. The latest to live his life for Christ (post murder spree) is Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz. Christians are of course proud to add him to their flock. He’s been born again apparently since 1987 and ministers to other inmates. By all accounts he has asked to remain in prison, which is admirable, but is this the individual you want representing your religion? I guess it’s like an infomercial showing the salvation product works.
Berkowitz may be more insane than the serial killers we usually think of. Remember that he claimed a dog told him to kill and people are still debating whether he acted alone or whether they can trust his claims of being involved in a satanic cult that assisted in the killings. So if he thinks he was possessed by demons is it possible for him to live a fantasy and believe that he’s been exorcised in order to live for Christ? Inside the prison world, I think this might work. In the outside world, without professional help I think he would fall apart. Fact is, I have no confirmation if he is regularly being treated with prescribed drugs by a prison psychiatrist.
Watch part one of the video and feel free to continue at YouTube with the rest of the series. This is from Inertia Films who highlights testimonies from celebrities to unique individuals to criminals. Am I being critical of featuring Son of Sam as a Christian? Yes, I think it is exploitative and a bizarre thing to do considering that Son of Sam has a mental disorder. However, if you study Christianity it’s a bizarre religion that has been mainstreamed (remember Paul was Saul and Saul was a killer). What this video really does is “creeps me out.” Trying watching part 2 of this series where they give the history of the crimes which then leads to Berkowitz’s testimony where he essentially starts out by blaming the devil or demons.
A quote from Berkowitz from the video, “I wish I could just tell every person how much God loves them. That he cares about them. That he has a plan and a purpose for their very lives.” So God’s purpose was for you, Son of Sam, to kill at least 3 people (may have been 6 by his first confession) and terrorize and injure others for what purpose? So you could convert to Christianity in prison, make a video for Inertia Films and your victims could be sent to their deaths or have psychological trauma for the rest of their lives. Isn’t God’s plan beautiful?
This is one of the sick aspects of Christianity, a twisted sense of justice. David Berkowitz kills 3 people, is forgiven and goes to heaven. I as an atheist who got my first speeding ticket this year and have no other offenses on the books am going to hell.
The other sick aspect is that Inertia films seems to accept that Berkowitz’s problem was demon possession and not a psychiatric problem. So we’re back to the dark ages! If only some Christ-like figure would have come along in the seventies and sent Berkowitz’s demons into a bunch of pigs.
SIDENOTE: What do I believe should be done with serial killers? I’m actually against the death penalty for various reasons at this point in my life, so basically it comes down to locking them up and while I don’t want to turn them into lab rats I think the more we understand what makes a serial killer the better chance we have to prevent it or cure it early on in other individuals who exhibit those tendencies. Berkowitz, for example, is thought to be a paranoid schizophrenic.
I believe even as murderers are inhumane we have to act humane towards them as our society continues to evolve towards nonviolence. It does not mean we have to forgive them as a society though. Restrain them, yes. In fact, forgiveness should be left up to the families he hurt and not up to religion or some invisible god. Berkowitz has now fulfilled his fantasy role-playing through salvation and enjoys a life of ministry and even advocates on the behalf of murder victims. The fantasy is fine for Berkowitz as it keeps him busy, productive and prevents him from being violent. Christians, however, should not be suckered into thinking this is Christ. The man has an obvious mental disorder.