David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam" (also known as the ".44 Caliber Killer") was caught in August of 1977. He had murdered 6 people and wounded 7 in the New York City area.
Similarly, another serial murderer, known as the "Apostle of Allah" slayer (or the "114 Surah Killer"), was never apprehended by any authorities. In the case of Mohammad Ibn 'Abdullah, the "Apostle of Allah" slayer, we know that amongst the many titles he pronounced upon himself, he also went around claiming to be - without any evidence except his own bizarre and contradictory testimony - a "Prophet of God."
Between the years 570 and 632, he murdered thousands of innocent people and wounded an unknown number in the Arabian Peninsula.
David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," or the ".44 Caliber Killer"
Mohammad Ibn 'Abdullah, the "Apostle of Allah" slayer, or the "114 Surah Killer"
Interestingly, despite the long period of time between the serial murders committed by Ibn 'Abdullah and Berkowitz, there are some striking similarities between the two men; namely, that both refused to take any personal responsibility for their actions, and instead blamed "outside forces" for their evil acts.
Berkowitz claimed his orders to murder came from a German Shepherd dog named "Sam." Ibn 'Abdullah professed that he was instructed to kill by a pagan "moon idol/god" named "Allah." Berkowitz craved the limelight and loved the public attention once apprehended. Ibn 'Abdullah, too, was a self-absorbed and attention-hungry narcissist who constantly strove to be the center of attention.
Berkowitz craved attention from the public.
Ibn 'Abdullah craved attention from everyone and everything, but especially from the young daughters of those he had just murdered.
Join us next time for another episode of "True Crimes Contrasted," when we'll examine the deeds of fallen angel Satan contrasted with the far more destructive and evil "Ayatollah" Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran.