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‘Son of Sam’ explored in Smithsonian Channel’s “The Lost Tapes”

Serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as ‘Son of Sam’, is the subject of the new season of the Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes.’ The series doesn’t contain any narration or ...
June 28, 2017

Serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as ‘Son of Sam’, is the subject of the new season of the Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes.’

The series doesn’t contain any narration or recreations, relying purely on the story as captured by the media, home videos of that time and eye witness accounts.

On July 29, 1976, David Berkowitz began a murder spree, attacking young couples in different sections of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. The attacks left law enforcement baffled and the public afraid to leave their homes. In response to the difficulty of tracking down Berkowitz, the NYPD formed a 200-person task force, Operation Omega, to bring him to justice.

It wasn’t until a resident tipped the police off to a suspicious man on her street the night of his latest attack that any progress in the case was made. The police finally captured Berkowitz after they reviewed all the parking  tickets issued that night in the area, and got a hit on his car.

‘The Lost Tapes’ series is produced by Tom Jennings of 1895 Films. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are David Royle, Charles Poe and John Cavanagh.

The next installment of the strand will air November 2017, covering the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the domestic terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army, which ended in her arrest in September 1975. Previous installments have covered Pearl Harbor and the L.A. Riots.

‘The Lost Tapes’ premieres July 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. .

 

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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