Documentary Review: The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness (2021)

Review link at Letterboxd: 5 stars

My buddy Joshua Zeman knocked this out of the park.

Eerie twilight language effect (hat tip paranormal investigator Loren Coleman): Stacy Moscowitz was killed one block over from Cropsey Drive. If you know Joshua’s work, you know his first documentary, about the New York urban legend Cropsey. (Other examples of this are Maury Terry’s ,pointing out Berkowitz’s and Carr’s names in Levi’s symbol, and Levi’s name as the nightclub’s name.)


As a woman, the one thing I wanted to know about (which might be in the book, I haven’t read it since I was a teenager, I need to read the updated edition) which the documentary didn’t cover was Wheat Carr, the woman in that house. What did that sister know and see? Did she hang out with the other kids? Obviously something was up if John had her name as a nickname.

History.com: August 10, 1977: David Berkowitz arrested

Watch Sons of Sam now on Netflix

Joshua’s podcast: Searching for the Sons of Sam

The Ultimate Evil: The Search for the Sons of Sam by Maury Terry, with a new introduction by Joshua Zeman

The History of Magic by Eliphas Levi

Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow’s Headlines by Loren Coleman

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