The Son of Sam case grew into a lifelong obsession for journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that the murders were linked to a satanic cult.
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Series cast summary:
Paul Giamatti ...  Maury Terry 4 episodes, 2021
Phil Amicone ...  Self - Brother-in-Law of Maury Terry 4 episodes, 2021
Charlie Ott ...  Self - Friend of Maury Terry 4 episodes, 2021
Michael Zuckerman ...  Self - Fmr. Reporter, Gannett Newspapers 4 episodes, 2021
Mary Murphy ...  Self - TV Reporter 4 episodes, 2021
Georgiana Byrne ...  Self - Former Wife of Maury Terry 4 episodes, 2021
Joseph Borrelli ...  Self - Ret. Lead Detective, NYPD 3 episodes, 2021
Kevin Murphy ...  Self - Ret. Detective, Yonkers PD 3 episodes, 2021
Wayne Darwen ...  Self - Journalist 4 episodes, 2021
Kay Amicone ...  Self - Sister of Maury Terry 3 episodes, 2021
Lawrence Klausner ...  Self - Author, Son of Sam 2 episodes, 2021
Dick Belsky ...  Self - Fmr. Metro Editor, New York Post 2 episodes, 2021
Carl Denaro ...  Self - Victim 2 episodes, 2021
Gary Lachman ...  Self - Occult Historian 2 episodes, 2021
Tom Bartley ...  Self - Fmr. Editor, Gannett Newspapers 2 episodes, 2021
Don Mounts ...  Self - Ret. Detective, NYPD 2 episodes, 2021


The Son of Sam case grew into a lifelong obsession for journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that the murders were linked to a satanic cult.

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A Closed Case Is Only The Beginning


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A lot of talking, not a lot of detail.
8 May 2021 | by roondogbbSee all my reviews

How the producers thought that this show could span a total of 4 episodes, is beyond me. The first episode, is rather well paced when compared to other typical crime documentaries that go from A (lay out the problem) to B (reveal the solution). Here is a mass murderer of young women in the late 70s in New York and how was the killer caught. Done and dusted in one episode of approximately 1 hour. Or so you would think. However no, this show goes on and on with filler and conspiracy theories.

The style of this documentary in my opinion is poor. You generally see one of two styles of documentaries. One with a serious sounding (BBC-esque) narrator, guiding us through the story. With raw footage in the background. The other style of documentaries focuses on interviews of the people directly involved in the story. This show mixes both styles and not in a good way. The narrator sounds like a creepy ghost like creature talking over the footage. Far from a good WW2 documentary that has excellent narrators. The interviews are good but honestly many of the people interviewed weren't directly involved in the crimes that much. Mostly on the periphery. A lot of what they say could be condensed down. The choice of who was interviewed could have been better. More cops vs random neighbours.

Also having got through to the beginning of the second episode. Boredom started to kick in. I read wikipedia and got a brief history of the killer and his fate. As for everything that comes after. Its built around speculation. I wasn't interested in investing time into speculation from a creepy sounding narrator. There are too many good films and tv shows to watch than to waste ones time on watching this for more than one a bit episodes. I would advice to give it a pass. Its not the worst I've ever seen in terms or documentaries. As others channels dumb down serious topics way more (ww2 etc). So i think a 5 is fair score. Its on the tightrope between poor and average. Leaning more towards poor.

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Release Date:

5 May 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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