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Berkowitz Hearing / Tape Recording / Possession #249045

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1977
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(Studio) Unusual tape recording is played at hearing to determine if David Berkowitz is competent to stand trial for Son of Sam killings.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Hearing is held at psychiatric hospital where Berkowitz has been held since capture in summer. Court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Schwartz, reveals details of interviews with Berkowitz. Schwartz' remarks cited; comments are compared to "The Exorcist" or "The Omen." (Audio tape of interview with Berkowitz played; text transcribed on screen.) Schwartz contends that Berkowitz is paranoid and therefore unable to take part in own defense; Brooklyn district attorney Eugene Gold says he'll show Berkowitz sane and able to stand trial. Berkowitz has said he wants to go on stand to tell story of possession and show world he wasn't responsible for actions.
REPORTER: Mitchell Krauss Artist: Aggie Whelan

Cronkite, Walter;
Krauss, Mitchell

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