The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness is a crime thriller directed by Joshua Zeman, which is now streaming on Netflix. It is a four-part docuseries and each episode is an hour-long which talks about one of New York’s most notorious crime scenes that have ever been seen.
The show has its perks, and you will find suspense, some grievous crime scenes, drugs, rape, serial killings, suicide and whatnot. It might lead you to binge-watch as well. The first episode of the docuseries opens with the voice-over of Zeman, who is also the narrator of the story of The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness. The NYPD investigated it, but a journalist named Maury Terry gave a whole new picture to that story.
There were 8 killings over the years since 1976 in various locations, including New York, Brooklyn and many more places. The killer had a rage against women and used to target them in intimate moments. Women started to get afraid of going to the parks with their boyfriends or to the lovers’ lane or even roam around at night. The killings were done by a .44 Calibre gun. And that’s how they got David Berkovitz, the man behind the Son of Sam killings.
New York police closed the case too quickly and never followed it up. But Maury Terry, an investigative journalist, got obsessed with the case and knew there was something bigger going on. He started digging, and one leading to the other, he found out about an occult group. And that David was a part of it.
So, is it really David, the guy they were looking for? Is there more to it? What is it that Maury can see while others can’t? Did David pull the trigger every single time, or did others accompany him? Who are the Sons of Sam? The documentation of the story has proven some point that Terry wanted to prove over the years.
The Sons of Sam: Why should you watch it?
First, because The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness deserves a watch. Second, this docuseries shows satanic rituals, which will give you chills; it shows politics which might show the real picture of how the police work and how laid back they are and how they just want to brush off their responsibility. Third, it shows the journalistic world, how a story sells if it has the right spices and how it gets scraped even if it has facts. This circle is still relevant in today’s world.
But, there goes a saying, never get too attached to your story; it can take a toll on your life. Maury took his last breath, still searching for the answers. Director Zeman stitched the pieces and used proper flashback videos to create this huge docu-series about Terry’s finding on Sons of Sam killings and David. It will keep you up with its haunting visuals. There have satanic symbols all over the place. And it has a good eerie music score to back it up.
What needed a little more specification?
The only question that lured my mind while watching the series is why Zeman made a whole documentary on Maury Terry and his findings of this case. Yes, it’s one of the most infamous and heinous cases of New York, but why showcase it now? What is the motive behind making this documentary is not clear.
But whatsoever, people need to know what was the bigger picture, and this series might give the answers.
The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness is now streaming on Netflix.
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