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ID preps “Son of Sam: The Hunt For a Killer”

On the 40th anniversary of the capture of serial murder David Berkowitz the so-called “Son of Sam”, true crime network Investigation Discovery will premiere the new documentary special Son of ...
June 30, 2017

On the 40th anniversary of the capture of serial murder David Berkowitz the so-called “Son of Sam”, true crime network Investigation Discovery will premiere the new documentary special Son of Sam: The Hunt For a Killer.

The special, produced for ID by Cream Productions with Absinthe Film Entertainment, will trace the parallel the stories of Berkowitz’ victims and the detectives who worked to capture the man who left six young people dead, seven wounded and a city in chaos. The documentary also combines first-person testimony with archival footage that tracks the investigation of the NYPD and the New York media in their search for as suspect.

Son of Sam: Hunt For a Killer unfolds chronologically, featuring access to people involved in the case, including families of the murder victims, as well as survivors Carl Denaro and Robert Violante. Detectives who worked the various homicides interviewed include Captain (Ret.) of the NYPD and head of the Omega task force, Joe Borelli; Queens detective and original task force member Marlin Hopkins; arresting officer William Gardella; and NYPD psychologist Harvey Schlossberg, who was tasked with profiling Berkowitz.

Reporters who covered the case also discuss the media’s participation, they include the New York Post‘s Steve Dunleavy and New York Daily News‘ Brian Kates, who worked alongside Jimmy Breslin.

Son of Sam: Hunt For a Killer’s executive producers include Kate Harrison, Richard Curson Smith and David Brady for Cream/Absinthe. For ID, Max Culhane is executive producer.

The two-hour special is set to air Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ID.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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