On August 10, 1977, Son of Sam assassin David Berkowitz was taken into custody by the NYPD.
New York City — on the verge of chapter and reeling from a blackout and the reign of terror created by this murderous madman — breathed a sigh of aid: They obtained their man.
But the Son of Sam slayer — who shot and killed six folks and critically wounded seven others — continued to hang-out investigative reporter Maury Terry.
The IBM employee-turned-scribe believed that Berkowitz, a chubby 24-year-old postal employee, didn’t act alone and was half of a sinister satanic community with tentacles as far-reaching as Charles Manson. Terry’s quest to face up his concept in the end led to an obsession that overtook his private life.
“We used to say Maury was the last victim — and that’s totally true,” filmmaker Josh Zeman instructed The Post.
In his new Netflix docuseries “The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness,” Zeman delves into the homicide and mayhem, together with Terry’s dogged reporting and subsequent campaign that led to pushback from the NYPD, which tried to model him a loopy conspiracy theorist.
In the movie, Terry’s ex-wife Georgiana Byrne reveals particulars about their unorthodox, considerably macabre courtship.
On their first date, which fell on the primary anniversary of the Son of Sam murders of Valentina Suriana and Alexander Esau in The Bronx, Terry took Byrne to the scene of the shootings, they usually shared a kiss.
“He was fascinated with the Son of Sam case. I listened to him. And I believed him,” Byrne says within the movie of her late ex-husband. The pair would later cut up, as a result of he was extra dedicated to his mistress: the infamous serial-killer case.
Terry dug deep for his 1988 ebook “The Ultimate Evil,” noting that police didn’t even query John and Michael Carr, Berkowitz’s neighbors and sons of Sam Carr, the proprietor of the canine Berkowitz claimed instructed him to kill.
Both brothers later died in mysterious circumstances. Terry believed the Carr brothers and Berkowitz belonged to “The Children,” a satanic cult based mostly in Yonkers regarded as affiliated with the Process Church of the Final Judgement, which allegedly had ties to former Scientologists and Manson. Although Terry spun an online that turned virtually fantastical, Zeman believed there was some reality to his reporting.
“I believe the Carr brothers were involved, and there were a bunch of crazy kids and people who used the devil as a brilliant excuse to engage in bad behavior,” stated Zeman. “When we start talking about networks, that’s when I become far more skeptical.”
Still, Zeman added, “I think Maury Terry did some unbelievable work when it came to David Berkowitz not acting alone … and fighting against the established narrative and these bogeyman mythologies, like the idea that a demon dog told him to kill.”
Zeman first met Terry whereas making “Cropsey,” a 2009 documentary about lacking children in Staten Island, which spawned rumors of satanism and hyperlinks to the Son of Sam. Zeman first dismissed the concepts as “satanic panic” leftover from the Nineteen Eighties.
“That’s when a bunch of journalists and NYPD sat me down and said, ‘Let me tell you a story. There is some truth to this, and there are quite a few NYPD detectives who will tell you off the record they believe Berkowitz did not act alone,’ ” recalled Zeman.
He turned pals with Terry and the pair would focus on legendary New York City crimes over lunch at Terry’s Yonkers residence, together with, of course, his work on the infamous serial killings. Terry died in 2015 at age 69.
In 1981, after Terry’s reporting was featured on a information journal present, Berkowitz despatched him a letter: “The public will never ever truly believe you, no matter how well your evidence is presented.”
Terry turned so obsessed he even assembled a crew of former cops to guide his personal investigation. Ignored by the institution, he appeared on quite a few tabloid exhibits, which Zeman thinks broken his credibility.
In the top, he sees Terry’s story as “a cautionary tale” for true-crime buffs.
“You have all of these people who are so obsessed and the internet has allowed them to be Maury Terry,” stated Zeman. “Be careful about going down that rabbit hole, because you have to make sure you can get out.”