• Amy Shannon

The Son of Sam!

Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer (Discovery)

Carl Denaro (author of THE SON OF SAM AND ME with Brian Whitney) is featured on this show, as one of the victims that the Son of Sam shot, and he tells his story.

Multiple True Crime Shows: Furhman Files (Fox Nation), World's Most Evil Killers - Season 4, Episode 4 - Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) (Peacock or Full Episode on YouTube), An American Serial Killer: The Son of Sam

Streaming Site(s): Documentaries (Furhman Files, World's Most Evil Killers - Season 4, Episode 4)

Network: Film "Son of Sam" Amazon Prime Video

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There are so many different leads and suspicions as to who was killing, and attacking these eight people in New York City. In the beginning, the press called the killer the "44 caliber killer." The attacks seemed random, so they looked at the cases as individual at first, looking for who had a grudge against any of the victims. Police assumed some were due to drug deals. In December of 1975, Michelle Foreman was stabbed six times, and the first alleged victim was never identified. In July of 1972, Donna Lauria and Jody Valentie were sitting in a car. Lauria was shot dead, and Valenti survived, with a shot in her thigh. Carl Denaro and Rosemary Keenan were also shot, Denaro with more serious wounds than Rosemary. In November of 1976, High school student Donna DeMasi, 16, and Joanne Lomino, were both shot, and survived, but Lomino became a paraplegic. When they started to link the cases, due to the large caliber of the bullet that was used, and many of the victims had long brown hair. Even Denaro had long brown hair (he's a self-proclaimed hippie), and thought maybe he was mistaken for a girl. The next victims were Christine Freund and her fiancé John Diel. Diel survived but Freund did not. Eventually, Berkowitz left a letter at the scene of the murderer of the bodies of Esau and Suriani addressed to NYPD Captain Joseph Borrelli. It seems like an unbelievable story, but it is true, and that's what makes it scary. The documentary was very detailed, and the interview with the survivors and showing the victims, it is not dedicated to Son of Sam as a killer, but the investigation into the shootings, and the desire to stop more killings, and get the victims and their family closure. It is interesting on how the cases linked, and eventually catching Berkowitz. They even used a profiler to focus on what this serial killer was about. He aimed towards women, or those he thought were young women.

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Genre: True Crime

About the crime: On August 10, 1977, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz is arrested and charged with being the “Son of Sam,” the serial killer who terrorized New York City for more than a year, killing six young people and wounding seven others with a .44-caliber revolver. Because Berkowitz generally targeted attractive young women with long brown hair, hundreds of young women had their hair cut short and dyed blonde during the time he terrorized the city. Thousands more simply stayed home at night.

After his arrest, Berkowitz claimed that demons and a black Labrador retriever owned by a neighbor named Sam had ordered him to commit the killings.





About the Shows: The Crimes of David Berkowitz. The American serial killer who terrorized New York City for more than a year, killing six young people and wounding seven others with a .44-caliber revolver


Full Episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3kFeXBlIBU

Book: THE SON OF SAM AND ME by Brian Whitney and Carl Denaro

Book Link: https://smile.amazon.com/Son-Sam-Me-Truth-Berkowitz-ebook/dp/B096Z7Q2FQ/

Link to letter: https://web.archive.org/web/20130120202219/https://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/berkowitz/letter_1.html

Movie: Son of Sam (Amazon Prime)