People streaming "The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness” may find the narrator’s vocal tones familiar.
Yes, that is indeed actor and "Billions" star Paul Giamatti lending his voice to the new four-part Netflix docuseries, which explores New York City's infamous "Son of Sam" killings, paying particular attention to theories that confessed killer David Berkowitz wasn't acting alone in the slayings that left six dead and several more injured during 1976 and 1977.
The random murders, which largely targeted women, often with long, dark hair, or couples sitting in parked cars, left New York City terrorized. The killer's taunting letters to the police and press only added to the frenzy and when Berkowitz was finally arrested in August 1977, he initially told police that he'd been commanded to kill by a demon-possessed dog that belonged to his neighbor, Sam Carr. (Berkowitz would later admit that he'd made that part up.)
Journalist Maury Terry didn't buy the narrative that Berkowitz had acted alone, and launched a decades-long effort to prove that there were multiple "Sams" and that they were part of a nationwide Satanic conspiracy. The docuseries chronicles Terry's work, which included his own private investigation, interviews with figures surrounding the case, including Berkowitz himself, and the publication of a book, "The Ultimate Evil." As Terry himself died in 2015, the filmmakers enlisted Giamatti to voice Terry, drawing upon the latter's many writings on the case.
Giamatti has had a wide-ranging career, working across genres, from dramas like "Saving Private Ryan" and "Cinderella Man" to comedies such as “Big Momma’s House” and "The Hangover Part II." But he's also worked extensively behind the microphone as well, doing voice acting for animated series like “Big Mouth,” “Rick and Morty,” and “BoJack Horseman,” and even the video game “Ratchet and Clank.”
Now he's added true crime to his diverse resume.
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