The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on October 23, 1977 · Page 16
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 16

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Sunday, October 23, 1977
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I I6A/ DESMOINES SUNDAY REGISTER • OCTOBER 23,1977 BERKOWITZ WANTS TO TELL ABOUT DEMONS NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) - David R. Berkowitz, found mentally competent to stand trial in the "Son of Sam" case, wants to tell about the howling demons that he claims drove him to kill six persons. The 24-year-old postal worker from Yonkers laughed at courtroom jokes, chatted with his attorneys and was described by one psychiatrist as attending to his competency proceedings "with ears and eyes." Although the neatly clad defendant interrupted the proceedings about eight times, he did so politely, addressing the judge as "Your honor" and the district attorney as "Sir." State Supreme Court Justice John Starkey ruled the defendant competent to stand trial for the murder of Stacy Moskowitz, 20, the last of the Son of Sam victims. "He knows what's happening," the judge said later. No trial date was set, but Starkey scheduled a hearing on possible motions for Nov. 2. Berkowitz faces similar competency hearings in Queens and the Bronx for murder charges there, but officials said they would postpone further proceedings pending outcome of the Brooklyn case. Berkowitz kept insisting at the hearing that he wanted the opportunity to warn the world about the demons. That's why he wants to go to trial, he said on a tape recording played during the hearing. He also ruled out pleading innocent by reason of insanity for fear that his message would not be taken seriously. Berkowitz said he was willing to die for his crimes, but not before telling his story. Looking merely for "peace of mind," he said he was not insane. Described by his attorney as "quite satisfied" with the competency ruling, Berkowitz had told Dr. Daniel W. Schwartz, head of forensic psychiatry at Kings County Hospital, about demons and angels. The defendant told Schwartz, who quoted Berkowitz in his report: '"About six thousand years ago, when they had 'that war' up in heaven, one-third of the angels remained, one-third went to hell, and one-third came to earth.' "It is this final third, looking like average people but unable to die and 'banded together to destroy the world,' that were harassing the patient '"These demons are in the Bronx, New Rochelle and Yonkers, wherever I lived. 1 " But the howling demons who demand blood from the dead so they can "drink it and lap it out of the wounds," apparently never appeared during the hearing. Berkowitz remained outwardly calm despite the presence of Craig Classman, a former neighbor, whom Berkowitz had described as Satan's helper. Schwartz and defense attorneys maintained the frequency of the demonic appearances had declined, occurring now only about once a week. W. GERMANY FEARS NEW KIND OF TERROR © 1*77 CMttft Tribw BONN, WEST GERMANY German authorities are bracing for new terrorist violence after last week's kidnap-hijacking failed to produce the desired result, which was to force Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's government to its knees. "The (government's) crisis staff expects an escalation with or without a pause," said a German legislator following the prison suicides of three Baader-Mejnhof Gang terrorist leaders. They killed themselves after German commandos overpowered hijackers of la Lufthansa jet in Somalia. ' What seems to worry government leaders and police is increased solidarity of terrorist groups. Thus slogans such as "The struggle goes on," painted on a Cologne building, are not taken lightly, and there has not been the slghtest relaxation of security. 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