The daughter of the man who was terrorized by the sicko Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz is now amazingly his prison pen pal and regular visitor! In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Shayna Glassman revealed she developed the unusual friendship with the maniac because it bought her closer to her father, who died in a tragic car accident when she was only 4 years old. Click through Radar's gallery to find out more.
"It was a way of connecting with my father and bringing his spirit into my reality," Shayna explained to Radar of writing her dad's harasser, Berkowitz, 64. "I feel he's watching me do this — and he's with me."
Back in 1977, her father, Craig Glassman, a nursing student and volunteer Westchester County deputy sheriff, lived in the Yonkers, N.Y., apartment directly above the evil liar where Berkowitz plotted his shooting spree that left six dead and seven injured.
At the height of the reign of terror, Craig began getting threatening letters and phone calls from Berkowitz, who one day set fire to a bucket filled with gunpowder and a .22 caliber bullet.
When cops showed up looking for Berkowitz after his car got a parking ticket at the scene of the one of the shootings, Craig helped cops identify him and used his service revolver to assist in the arrest. Craig wrote a book about his experience, but he died in 1990, and Shayna, then 4, inherited her dad's suitcase packed with notes and documents about his life and near-death encounters with the infamous killer.
"He left me this suitcase with all these artifacts," Shayna, now 30, told Radar. "It was a way to be with my father because when I was 4 years old my father died and I was left with questions."
That curiosity to delve into the killer's mind led her to visit Berkowitz in 2016, and they developed a bond. She even purchased a manual typewriter to send him letters old school style.
"Once I started meeting with David, I tried to show him forgiveness because he is trying to find forgiveness," Shayna told Radar. "I would have been one of his potential victims and he tried to kill my dad, but I'm showing empathy to him."
"So, if we both faced each other, we will both be facing our ultimate fear … it turns a very painful situation into something light and beautiful."
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