(Silver Spring, Md.)—Without any indication of who he was targeting, when he was going to strike, or where, New York City was in panic for a year while a serial killer taunted law enforcement with a fatal game of cat and mouse. Now, on the 40th anniversary of the capture of David Berkowitz, #1 true crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) announces the three-part documentary special SON OF SAM: THE HUNT FOR A KILLER, tracing the parallel stories of a serial killer’s unsuspecting victims, while following the dedicated detectives who worked tirelessly to capture the man who left six young people dead, seven wounded, and countless families bereft. In partnership with Cream Productions and Absinthe Films, SON OF SAM tracks the investigative beats as a tragic mystery unfolds and finally answers the conspiracy theories that question whether the Son of Sam acted alone. The three-night special event, SON OF SAM: THE HUNT FOR A KILLER, will premiere this summer on ID.
“Forty years have passed since 1977’s ‘Summer of Sam,’ and while New York has changed dramatically, the scars of that horrifying year are still felt profoundly by the people who lived through it,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “In revisiting what happened during those chilling summer months, especially through the eyes of those who brought the SON OF SAM to justice and those who fell victim to his murderous spree, ID brings the frightening experience of living in ‘70s New York to its viewers, today.”
Through a combination of first-person testimony and rich archival footage, SON OF SAM: THE HUNT FOR A KILLER delivers a compelling suspense thriller told by the very people who lived through this terrifying time in New York’s storied history. This multi-perspective story unfolds chronologically, telling the parallel stories of the criminal investigation and those young men and women who had the ill fortune to encounter the killer. SON OF SAM revisits and explores the bizarre twists and turns in the extraordinary police investigation and subsequent manhunt, explaining how police pieced together a seemingly random slew of shootings to build a psychological profile of the killer. The documentary special also features access to people intimately involved in the case for an all-encompassing retrospective, such as: families of the victims, witnesses and those who survived attacks by Berkowitz; NYPD homicide detectives Joe Borelli, Richard Paul, Marlon Hopkins, and Bill Clark, who offer personal and logistical insight into how they tried to capture the killer; and Mike Novotny, a Yonkers police officer who pegged Berkowitz to a slew of arsons early on and has evidence to support that Berkowitz did not act alone, leaving a killer still on the loose.
SON OF SAM: THE HUNT FOR A KILLER is being produced for Investigation Discovery by Cream Productions in association with Absinthe Film Entertainment. For Cream/Absinthe, Kate Harrison, Richard Curson Smith and David Brady are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Max Culhane is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Jane Latman is executive vice president of development, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America.
About Cream Productions
Cream Productions is a Toronto-based producer of highly-acclaimed mini-series, dazzling specials and top-rated returnable series. Working with some of the world’s best producers, writers, directors and editors, we deliver distinctive and award-winning content to a wide range of TV and digital platforms in North America and around the globe. Founded in 2003 by David Brady and Christopher Rowley, Cream is now joined by Kate Harrison, who brings over twenty years of top-level film and television production experience to the company. Along with staff in Toronto, London, and Los Angeles, Kate and David now oversee Cream’s operations on both sides of the Atlantic. Lately, our clients have included Discovery Channel US, Canada and Discovery Network International, National Geographic Channel US and International, Travel Channel, History Canada, BBC America; BBC Worldwide Channels, Discovery ID, American Heroes Channel, OLN Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network Canada, Smithsonian Channel, ZDF, France 5, Pro Seiben, Channel 4 and Channel Five. Cream also continues to be partner of choice in Canada for some of the very best, award-winning international producers in the world.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these “real people, real stories,” the always revealing network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation’s fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to approximately 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
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