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 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. .