New Book Coming in 2021
Co-written with True Crime author Brian Whitney
The long, hot summer of 1976 in New York City was melting into Autumn. Carl Denaro was only 20 years old. Little did Carl know his life was about to change forever. David Berkowitz was allegedly just outside his car. A gun started going off. And the story just begins from here.
One of the only people who survived the wrath of David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz is Carl Denaro. Now in his mid-60s, Carl has decided its time to talk about the incident where he was shot five times and left a metal plate in his head. Perhaps more importantly, Carl addresses his belief that Berkowitz didn’t act alone – a claim supported by Son of Sam himself. The NYPD still disputes the theory.
The book contains rarely-seen documents and police photos from the crime scene and case. Get inside the vehicle where Carl was shot.
Why Did They Call David Berkowitz ‘Son of Sam’?
In his first letter, the serial killer referenced his neighbor, Sam Carr. Carr had a dog, Harvey, who Berkowitz said was possessed by an ancient demon that issued commands he must kill people. Berkowitz claimed he could not disobey the Labrador Retriever.
Learn More About Carl Denaro
Description from Vimeo: “Carl” tells the story of Carl Denaro, who at twenty years old was shot in the head and became a victim to the Son of Sam shootings. As he was one of the first victims and there was no face to the alleged killer, Carl had to face a world of isolation. From that point on, he was forced to reevaluate his life and future since his plan to be a photographer for the Air Force was ruined. Our story follows Carl after the accident and how he and the rest of the world would find out his shooting was a part of a mass hysteria that changed New York in the late 1970’s.
Winner: The National Board of Review, Student Grant, 2017
Directed by Carl’s daughter, Casey Denaro
Brooklyn College Film Department