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David Abrahamsen papers, 1906-1990

Series I: Correspondence, 1938-1981

Most of the letters in Series I are from David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam serial killer. Written while incarcerated in Attica, Berkowitz corresponded regularly with Abrahamsen over a two year period. Much of the subject matter consists of Berkowitz trying to self-analyze about why he committed crimes. Abrahamsen continuously asked questions about Berkowitz's family, his upbringing, and his relationships with other people. There are a few letters from Jessamyn West, a distant relative of Nixon who assisted Abrahamsen while he was working on his book Nixon vs. Nixon.

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Berkowitz, David

Box 1 Folder 1 1979 February-July

Box 1 Folder 2 1979 August-1980 February

Box 1 Folder 3 1980 March-1981 January

Box 1 Folder 4 1981 February-August

Box 1 Folder 5 B, 1945-1947

Box 1 Folder 6 E through G, 1938-1949, 1957-1958, 1967, 1938-1949, 1957-1958, 1967

Box 1 Folder 7 L, 1945-1965

Box 1 Folder 8 M through O, 1945-1952

Box 1 Folder 9 S through T, 1945-1952, 1974, 1945-1952, 1974

Box 1 Folder 10 West, Jessamyn, 1974-1976