The Sons of Sam
I remember back in the late 70’s, early 80’s how the disco craze had taken over the music scene, including movies, i.e. ‘Saturday Night Fever’ of course, and reading a lot about New York and how people, including celebrities, were crazy over the discotheques but most of all the infamous/famous (depending on how you look at it) Studio 54. But it was also a time when a nightmare hit New York and that was the time of the ‘Son of Sam’ murders. I remember reading about the case and the murders and when the killer, David Berkowitz, was caught. It was probably one of the biggest news stories in the country at the time, even though other things were going on like gas shortages, high unemployment rates and other issues.
According to the articles I read, Berkowtiz, known as the ‘Son of Sam’ but also the ‘.44 Caliber Killer’, was said to have acted alone. However, that was not believed to be the case by one journalist/author who followed the case very closely and for many years after, Maury Terry. This is what is discussed in the fascinating, horrifying and intriguing documentary on Netflix, ‘The Sons of Sam.’
This is a great documentary in that it gives so many details into what was known from a factual basis by the New York City police and investigators as well as providing the evidence and theories presented by Mr. Terry while he was investigating and writing about the case. In fact, as told by those who knew Mr. Terry, he became obsessed with the case because he did not believe that Berkowtiz did or could have acted alone. This is defin a case of ‘he said, they said’ as the NY Police Department was emphatic that Berkowtiz was their man and the case was closed. However, if you look at everything presented in this documentary about what Mr. Terry found and uncovered, it does make you wonder if Berkowtiz took the fall for others involved in the crime. There are even potential ties to Charles Manson and as far away as England based on the research done. Mr. Terry would eventually write a book, ‘The Ultimate Evil: An Investigation Into a Dangerous Satanic Cult’ that explains his findings and theory as to why Berkowtiz did not act alone. Unfortunately Mr. Terry did not get to see any further arrests or even acknowledgment for his work take place before he passed away. His family and friends said all he wanted to do was to get justice for the victims and keep the cult from hurting others.
The direction of this documentary is very good and the use of the pictures, news articles, interviews, etc. are captivating.
Hold on tight with this documentary as it will definitely keep you thinking and realizing what craziness exists in this world. Great one to watch!
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