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‘Son of Sam’ Murders Explored in Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes’ (Exclusive Video)

Hour-long documentary premieres Sunday, July 30

The Smithsonian Channel has unearthed some rarely seen footage surrounding the murders of serial killer Son of Sam as part of the last installment in “The Lost Tapes” series.

Set to premiere on Sunday, July 30 at 9 p.m., “The Lost Tapes: Son of Sam” will tell the story of the New York City murderer David Berkowitz using no interviews or recreations. The hour-long documentary solely uses media reports and home videos from the time, including contemporary press coverage of the murders and interviews from people who knew Berkowitz.

The doc is timed to the 40th anniversary of Berkowitz’s killing spree, which left six people dead and seven others critically wounded. According to the Smithsonian Channel’s description, the documentary “details the city’s fear and the media’s obsession with a volatile killer.”

“The Lost Tapes” series of documentaries is produced by Tom Jennings of 1895 Films, the same team behind the Smithsonian Channel’s “MLK: The Assassination Tapes.” David Royle, Charles Poe and John Cavanagh serve as executive producers for the network.

Previous installments in “The Lost Tapes” series covered the Pearl Harbor bombings and the Los Angeles riots. The next installment, set to air in November, will cover the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the domestic terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army, which ended in her arrest in September 1975.

“The Lost Tapes: Son of Sam” premieres Sunday, July 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.