The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

  • 22 May - 28 May, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

The Sons Of Sam is a four-part docuseries that examines how investigative journalist Maury Terry, who was obsessed with true crime, went down the dark rabbit hole that was the Son of Sam Case. He never bought the fact that David Berkowitz, who was arrested for the killings, acted alone, using a revolver to kill six people and wound seven others, seemingly at random, between the summer of 1976 and July 1977. The first episode goes into the chronology of the case, starting with the shooting death of Donna Lauria. For the subsequent year, random women around those three boroughs were shot, with some surviving. As the shootings became linked by the NYPD, the case terrorised the city during a time when poverty and crime were at an all-time high and the city was about to go bankrupt. Right at a time when more cops were needed, Mayor Abe Beam needed to lay off thousands. It seemed that, every month or so, another shooting happened, and it seemed like the NYPD was always on their heels, mainly because eyewitnesses described different attributes of the shooter and there was no linkage between the shooter and the victims. The shooter then taunted cops by sending them frighteningly-worded notes proclaiming himself as “Son of Sam” and that he will keep on killing until he was caught.