Before serial killer David Berkowitz received the nickname "Son of Sam," he was known as the .44 Caliber Killer. Igniting paranoia over the tri-state area, Berkowitz remained at large as he taunted the NYPD. In a new documentary, The Lost Tapes: Son of Sam, reporters can be seen polling dark-haired women about their thoughts and feelings on the man who seemed to be targeting women who looked just like them.
In the footage, Channel 11 News reporter Jeff Kamen can be seen asking women if they cosidered dyeing their hair to avoid attracting the notorious murderer.
"Berkowitz’s method of stalking the streets at night, murdering brazenly, was incredibly difficult to track, and the NYPD formed a 200-person task force, Operation Omega, to bring him to justice. Attacking young couples in different sections of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn meant that no neighborhood was safe during his rampage, and police and the public had no idea when or where the 'Son of Sam' would strike again," reads a press release from The Smithsonian Channel, who will air the new documentary on July 30.
Berkowtiz was eventually caught by way of a tip from Cacilia Davis, a resident of Bath Beach, who spotted a suspicious person the night of the Moskowitz-Violante murders. His car was found filled with ammunition, maps of the crime scenes, and a letter to Inspector Timothy Dowd of the Omega Task Force, who led the investigation into the killings.
Berkowitz later confessed to the crimes, saying that he was ordered to kill by a demon who took the form of his neighbor Sam's dog.
"The demons were protecting me. I had nothing to fear from the police," Berkowitz famously said. "The demons wanted girls. Sugar and spice and everything nice."
This year marks the 40th anniversary since what became known as The Summer of Sam.