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The bridge where David Berkowitz stabbed his first victim

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The bridge where David Berkowitz stabbed his first victim

This is the location where serial killer David Berkowitz stabbed his first victim.

The attack took place on this pedestrian bridge in the Bronx, New York.

The footbridge in question connects Baychester Avenue in Co-op City with the service road on the northern side of the New England Thruway.

On the evening of December 24th, 1975, Berkowitz traveled to Co-op City with a hunting knife, eager to kill his first victim.

During interviews, he claimed that he attacked two separate women.

The first woman that he allegedly stabbed has never been identified, as there were no reports of such an incident taking place. Berkowitz said that she appeared to be Hispanic.

The second victim was 15-year-old Michelle Forman, whom he attacked on this bridge.

As Forman was walking over the New England Thruway, Berkowitz ran at her from behind and stabbed her six times—three times in the head and three times in the torso.

However, the stabbing didn't go according to plan, as Forman's heavy winter clothing provided a layer of protection against the knife. This came as a huge shock to Berkowitz. Instead of silently falling to the ground like people did in the movies, his target turned around and started screaming at him.

Forman's reaction panicked him so much that he immediately ran away.

Following the ambush, Forman reportedly ran after her assailant and saw him fleeing in the direction of a nearby parking lot.

Although she did not see his face, she did notice that he was a heavy-set man who ran with a sluggish gait.

Despite suffering a collapsed lung, the young girl survived the attack and was discharged from the hospital one week later.

This was the first and last time that Berkowitz used a knife.

He later confessed that the attack had been a failure:

"I never heard anyone scream like that. I just kept stabbing and nothing would happen. I just ran off."

Berkowitz admitted that the attack on the unidentified Hispanic woman had also ended similarly, as the knife struggled to cut her heavy winter coat.

After realizing that using a knife wasn't as easy as he had envisioned, he decided to purchase a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver instead.

Roughly seven months later, "the Son of Sam" began a series of eight shootings that claimed the lives of six people and terrorized New York City.

Where did Berkowitz attack his first victim?

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


Baychester Avenue, The Bronx, New York, NY 10475, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the bridge are:

40.881738, -73.830058


The footbridge is in the northwest section of Co-op City. The eastern entrance is about 270 yards (250 meters) north of the intersection between Co-Op City Boulevard and Baychester Avenue.

Details about the general area

Co-op City is a cooperative housing development in the northeastern section of the Bronx.


Photos of the bridge and other related images.

The bridge where Michelle Forman was stabbed

Berkowitz first victim

This Google Street View image of the footbridge in Co-op City was captured in November 2019.

The bridge connects Baychester Avenue with the New England Thruway service road.

Berkowitz attacked his first known victim, Michelle Forman, at this location on Christmas Eve in 1975.

Following the incident, Forman made her way to her parents' apartment building, where she collapsed. Not long after, a neighbor found the 15-year-old laying in a pool of her own blood.

Fortunately, she made a full recovery.

Baychester Avenue

Baychester Avenue

The Google Street View image above shows the entrance on Baychester Avenue.

Berkowitz said that he initially targeted an unidentified Hispanic woman who had exited a grocery store on Co-Op City Boulevard. However, when the knife tore into her coat, she turned around and started screaming at him.

When that attack didn't go as planned, he fled northbound until he reached the chain-link fence on Baychester Avenue.

While he was panting and trying to catch his breath, he spotted Forman walking towards the footbridge. At that point, he readied his knife and proceeded to follow the 15-year-old.

However, this attack also ended in failure.

Interestingly, the Forman stabbing and the murder of Donna Lauria both occurred in the Bronx, which is where Berkowitz grew up.

In other words, he started off by operating in an area that he was familiar with. It wasn't until later that he branched out into the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.

This supports the popular theory that a serial killer's first attack will always be far more revealing than his later crimes. Not only is he more likely to make more mistakes, but he will also be compelled to operate close to home.

In this case, Berkowitz chose to stab someone less than half a mile from the apartment building where he had previously lived with his adoptive father. It was also a sloppy, unsuccessful attack that could have easily led to his arrest.

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