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** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND, JUNE 27-28 **In this May 29, 2009 photo, David Berkowitz poses during an interview at Sullivan Correction Facility in Fallsburg, N.Y. In the mid-1970s, Berkowitz as the "Son of Sam" carried out a murderous 13-month rampage through the streets of New York during which he killed six women and wounded seven others before being captured. From his cell in upstate New York, the serial killer has become a key soldier in a battle against the sale of "murderabilia." (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

The 'Son of Sam' serial killer David Berkowitz has been hospitalized


The “Son of Sam” serial killer who terrorized New York City 40 years ago is in the hospital.

New York state prison officials say Tuesday that 64-year-old David Berkowitz was transferred to a hospital from the upstate maximum-security prison where he is serving a life sentence.

Officials would not comment on why he was in the hospital, but the New York Post and the Times-Union of Albany reported that he was transferred to undergo heart surgery.

Berkowitz, who called himself “Son of Sam,” set the city on edge with late-night shootings that killed six people and wounded seven. He primarily targeted young women sitting in cars before his arrest Aug. 10, 1977.

Berkowitz now says he is a born-again Christian and is “very sorry for what happened.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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