“I would die right here and now to see this man punished.” — Stacy’s mother
Early Sunday morning on July 31, 1977, the young life and all the future hopes and dreams of Stacy Moskowitz ended in a barrage of bullets from a maniac’s gun.
The New York secretary was the sixth and final victim of David Berkowitz, the postal worker who terrorized New York City during a shooting rampage that began in the summer of 1976 and lasted until his capture a year later.
Brandishing a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, Berkowitz stalked lovers and specifically young women with long brown hair in a killing spree that sparked the biggest police manhunt in New York City history.
When he was arrested on August 10, 1977, he had killed six people and wounded seven.
Twenty-year-old Stacy Moskowitz was the only victim with blonde hair.
On the last night of her life she was on a first date with Robert Violante, also 20, a clothing store salesman. They were sitting in Violante’s car which was parked under a streetlight near a city park in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bath Beach.
They were kissing when a man came out of the shadows to within three feet of the passenger side and fired four rounds into the car, hitting both of them in the head before he ran off into the park.
Stacy had two .44-caliber bullets in her head. A team of surgeons tried desperately for 36 hours to save her. She was pronounced dead at 5:22 p.m. on Sunday at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn.
Violante survived but lost his left eye.
Stacy’s mother, Neysa Moskowitz, called Berkowitz a monster. “I hope he suffers for the rest of his life. He’s not human. I would die right here and now to see this man punished.”
Mrs Moskowitz died in 2006 in Miami Beach at the age of 73.
Berkowitz pleaded guilty and is serving six life sentences in Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County in Upstate New York. Now 67, he became a born-again Christian.
For 43 years he repeatedly has been denied parole. He will die in prison.