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The Sons of Sam release date: Netflix to explore David Berkowitz’s 1970s New York crimes

Everything you need to know about the new Netflix documentary on serial killer David Berkowitz, the infamous Son of Sam.

Published: Thursday, 6th May 2021 at 5:01 pm

Those looking for their next true-crime fix are in luck – brand new docuseries The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness has finally arrived on Netflix.


The four-part series dives into the crimes of infamous New York serial killer David Berkowitz, who went by the nickname Son of Sam – as those who've seen his episode of Mindhunter will know.

While Berkowitz was eventually arrested and convicted for murdering six people in the 1970s, he insisted that he committed these crimes as part of a satanic cult – a claim journalist Maury Terry began looking into himself.

Through archive footage and interviews, this Netflix series looks at the period in which Berkowitz dominated the news cycle, how Terry led his own investigations into the murders and whether there was any merit behind his Sons of Sam theory.

Here's everything you need to know about The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness on Netflix.

The Sons of Sam release date

The four episodes of Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness became available on Netflix from 8am GMT on Wednesday 5th May.

What is The Sons of Sam about?

David Berkowitz
David Berkowitz Getty Images

The Sons of Sam four-part documentary focuses on journalist and author Maury Terry, who started investigating the Son of Sam murders before anyone was arrested for the crimes. After David Berkowitz was charged with the killings in 1977, Terry continued to investigate and became convinced that Berkowitz had not acted alone.

Over many years, Terry would attempt to prove that there was more than one Son of Sam, despite the public and police being convinced that Berkowitz was the only murderer.

Filmmaker Joshua Zeman uses archive news footage, Terry’s own words and case files, and interviews with those closest to the investigation to try to discover whether Maury Terry was chasing ghosts or whether he was right and there are more Sons of Sam guilty of murder who have never been found.

Is there a trailer for The Sons of Sam?

There is.

"A killer on the loose in New York for a year and three days," a reporter says at the beginning of the clip. "Here is David Berkowitz, the man police believe to be The Son of Sam."

You can watch the Netflix trailer for The Sons of Sam below:

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The Sons of Sam will be available to stream on Netflix from 5th May. Check out our lists of the best series on Netflix and the best movies on Netflix, or see what else is on with our TV Guide. Also visit our dedicated Documentaries hub for more news.


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