Update: In lieu of the new Netflix documentary “Sons of Sam,” we are rerunning and updating our post on the subject from last year. We would highly recommend viewing the documentary. It focuses on the travails of a real (versus standard hack) journalist Maury Terry (1946-2015) and the cognitive dissonance and push back he received for his persistent effort in bringing out the truth. The documentary well shows Terry being nitpicked for some of his methods and his personality by Monday morning quarterbacks and phony journos and police.
We present some different aspects of the case, but the documentary adds more color and the timeline as well. The combination will be a big wakeup call to the nature of discordian evil in our world.
We would add that the shootings stopped because Berkowitz accomplice John Wheat Carr cleared out of town, and was murdered shortly thereafter in Minot, North Dakota. The other flying monkey villain Michael Carr was run off the road and killed a short time later.
Ronald Sisman, who was part of a snuff film crew at the murder scenes was well covered by the documentary. He and his girl friend were in turned murdered in their apartment as the cult tied the loose ends together.
Winter Watch provided particulars of the role of depraved pornographer Robert Mapplethorpe as a snuff film collector in this tawdry affair. This was uncovered by Terry in interviews with Jesse Turner, another cult member. The claim is that Mapplethorpe had Sisman killed because he pocketed his money and failed to turn over the “Sons of Sam” snuff films. Sisman’s apartment was ransacked. This Mapplethorpe connection was not covered in the documentary. Read “Robert Mapplethorpe: Promoting Cultural Degeneracy, Weaponizing Modern Art.”
The documentary provided good background on the extreme discordian Process Church of the Final Judgment, which I would advise Winter Watchers to take special note of.
Also from Ultimate Evil page 332: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and
“In New York, the covens have become largely warped and perverted. A twisted sexual element has crept in more and more until today they are sado-masochistic, often homosexual, and are using the occult as an excuse. Criminologists studying these matters suggest that when such people tire of their “staged” activities, they are liable to turn to ritual, motiveless killing. The alarming fact is that many such murders
occur in the United States today.”
The documentary also clarifies the discordian and horrific murder of Arlis Perry in a Palo Alto, Calif., church in 1974. Berkowitz provided some hints on this, and Terry suspected Stephen Crawford, a former Stanford police officer, in the killing. Sure enough, Crawford was fingered through DNA profiling in 2018 and committed suicide when police arrived at his doorsteps. Among items found in his residence was a copy of Terry’s “The Ultimate Evil.”
In 1993 and 1997 interviews conducted by Maury Terry with “Son of Sam” serial killer David Berkowitz, the truth was finally revealed about the 1977 murder spree. Berkowitz confessed that he committed his crimes with a “handful” of chaos discordian satanists. The group’s belief system centered around the same kind of ultra-rebellionism seen in Israel Keyes.
The group killed six people and wounded seven with a 44-caliber revolver. Berkowitz claims he left a letter in his apartment warning that he was part of a satanic cult that sought to terrorize New York by committing 100 murders. He says police never revealed the letter.
In latter interviews, he specifically mentions the Process Church of the Final Judgment. Researchers such as Terry, who wrote the book “Ultimate Evil,” suspect the Process Church’s involvement in other extreme discordian events such as the Atlanta Child Murders.
Police who searched Berkowitz’s apartment found it in shambles, with “occult” graffiti on the walls and a notebook wherein Berkowitz described many of his arson attacks throughout the city. According to notes that police recovered after his arrest, he claimed to have set over 1,400 fires around New York City as an adult. The documentary didn’t mention this.
A letter received prior to Berkowitz’s arrest told of being “commanded” to “go out and kill” by someone called “Father Sam.” After his arrest, he concocted a decoy, saying that his neighbor Sam Carr’s black Labrador, Harvey, told him to go on the rampage. In more recent interviews, Berkowitz said he had worshiped and received instructions from Samhain, the Druid devil, not Sam the dog.
However, there is a sick twist even here, as Berkowitz neighbor Sam Carr had two sons, Michael and John Carr, who Berkowitz fingered as co-culprits in the “Son of Sam” spree. Berkowitz also claimed that Sam Carr was “the high official of the Devil’s Legion.” The role of the senior Carr was not mentioned in the documentary.
Prison sources who knew Berkowitz told Terry that he had been introduced to the cult by John Carr’s brother, Michael, in the ’70s. According to Terry:
“Michael Carr ended up inviting Berkowitz to attend what he called ‘a floating coven party’. And Berkowitz came in and attended the party and symbolically, not literally, but symbolically, the .44 was put into his hand that night. That’s how he got into the cult scene.”
Ex-Lieutenant Terry Gardner of the Ward County, North Dakota, Sheriff’s Department, in the jurisdiction where Carr was killed, said he was aware of Carr:
John Carr, many, many months before Berkowitz was ever arrested, had talked about his friend Berky to his friends out in Minot, North Dakota. John Carr was a friend of, a confidant of, and an associate of David Berkowitz.”
The following eyewitness police sketches resemble Micheal and John Carr, not Berkowitz. Berkowitz fingered John Carr for two shootings, Michael Carr for one, himself for two, and a woman for one or two more. He said he was “around doing look out” for all the shootings, but not in immediate proximity for many. The fourth perp, the woman was not mentioned in the documentary.
In the second video below, which shows a 1993 “Inside Edition” interview with Berkowitz, he states that the taunting letters were definitely a group effort. The Carr brothers invented the term “Son of Sam.” This letter was likely written by Carr.
Dear Captain Joseph Borelli:
I am deeply hurt by your calling me a weman-hater. I am not. But I am a monster. I am the ‘son of Sam’. I am a little brat. When father Sam gets drunk he gets mean. He beats our family. Sometimes he ties me up to the back of the house. Other times he locks me in the garage. Sam loves to drink blood…Sam loves to drink blood. “Go out and kill” commands father Sam. Behind our house some rest. Mostly young—raped and slaughtered—their blood drained—just bones now. Papa Sam keeps me locked in the attic, too. Yours in murder, Mr. Monster.
One of the taunting letters identifies John Wheaties, which is John Carr’s nickname.
The following letter was obtained by Terry four years after the arrest. It was found in Berkowitz’s apartment and wasn’t made public.
This is a warning to all police agencies in the
tri-state area: For your information, a satanic
cult (devil worshipers and practitioners of
witchcraft) that has been established for
quite some time has been instructed by
their high command (Satan) to begin to systematically kill and slaughter young girls or
people of good health and clean blood.
They plan to kill at least 100 young wemon
and men, but mostly wemon, as part of a
satanic ritual which involves the shedding
of the victims’ innocent blood …
Warning: the streets shall be run with blood.
I, David Berkowitz, have been chosen,
chosen since birth, to be one of the executioners for the cult.
He who hath eyes, let him see the dead
He who hath ears, let him listen to what I say.
Suggesting how deep this goes and affirming our suspicions about police involvement in other discordian-like crimes, on Aug. 9, 1977, NYPD detective James Justis telephoned Yonkers police to ask them to schedule an interview with Berkowitz. The Yonkers police dispatcher who first took Justis’ call was Wheat Carr, the daughter of Sam Carr and sister of Berkowitz’s alleged cult confederates, John and Michael Carr. She was married to a police officer.
In the second video at minute 00:10:14, Terry asks Berkowitz if a Yonkers police officer was involved in the murders, and he answered in the affirmative. In fact separately Berkowitz said three Yonkers police were in the cult. In another letter Berkowitz claimed he was chosen from birth for his activities. The accusation against the Yonkers police was not covered in the documentary nor was Berkowitz’s claim that the cult had several thousand members. How many have infiltrated into high places by now? It was mentioned in Terry’s book:
Fall Guy: After police zeroed in on Berkowitz as a suspect, incredibly they spotted the following items inside his parked car on the street outside his Pine Street apartment in Yonkers: a Commando Mark III rifle in the backseat, a duffel bag filled with ammunition, maps of the crime scenes and a letter to Sgt. Dowd of the Omega task force that threatened more murders. Really? How convenient. He was arrested when he emerged from his apartment building.
A handheld police scanner would be found in his apartment.
Terry’s book (page 228) revealed that Berkowitz, sources close to him say, knew that the police were coming to Yonkers that day. He’d been
Terry suggests they were members of a satanic cult and were responsible for every one of the “Son of Sam” shootings. According to Maury:
“David Berkowitz was selected to be the fall guy on the Son of Sam killings. He was not a willing fall guy, he wanted it to be another way. But Berkowitz knew that he had been involved in all of the shootings. He has pulled the trigger definitely two times, responsible for three murders. He’s not an innocent man and was on the scene of all the others, as a lookout, a wheel man, whatever.”
Within two years of Berkowitz’s arrest, Sam Carr’s two sons died. John Carr was likely murdered in North Dakota, and “666” was allegedly scrawled in his own blood on his hand. He died of a rifle shot to the face that was deemed suicide. Carr had told friends and his therapist that he was hiding out in North Dakota to avoid Son of Sam questioning.
Berkowitz told Terry the cult likely killed John Carr, a user of illicit drugs and diagnosed schizophrenic, because of his bizarre behavior and the fact he was untrustworthy.
In 1979, 27-year-old Michael Carr died in drunk driving accident on Manhattan’s West Side Highway. Even more odd is that there’s documentation that he had a clinical aversion to alcohol and did not drink.
According to NYPD officer Richard Johnson, who was involved in the original “Son of Sam” task force:
Why are there three [suspect] cars, five different [suspect] descriptions, different heights, different shapes, different sizes of the perpetrator? Somebody else was there.
Shooting eyewitness survivor Carl Denaro theorizes, “From 1993 on, I’ve been investigating and talking to law enforcement, anyone I could really to help me shed light on what happened. I was 100 percent, as I still am to this day, 100 percent sure other people were involved, and David Berkowitz didn’t shoot me.” The documentary adds that Denaro joined Terry as an important investigator.
Berkowitz himself seems to support the theory. In a letter to the New York Post dated Sept. 19, 1977, Berkowitz warned, “There are other Sons out there, God help the world.” He alleges the cult had roughly two dozen core members in New York, the “22 disciples of hell” mentioned in the Breslin letter. He said there were several thousand elsewhere.
The 1993 ‘Inside Edition’ Interview
Berkowitz made a false confession to take the fall. He had been warned by the group that if he talked, there would be reprisals against him and his family. After one year in prison, his throat was slashed. He never revealed the assailant but suggested that the act was directed by the cult to which he once belonged.
On camera, a nodding, penitent Berkowitz explains, “The killings were another sacrifice to our gods, bunch of scumbags that they were.”
Later, he says, “We made a pact, maybe with the devil, but also with each other … We were going to go all the way with this thing. We’re soldiers of Satan now. I was just too far in, too loyal, too much playing the role of the soldier and trying to please these people.”
He is asked in the interview, case by case, if he was the trigger man.
“I did not pull the trigger on every single one of them,” David said. He didn’t pull the trigger on Stacy Moskowitz, he told Terry. He killed two people, though he was always at the scene.
He confirms other accounts of dark, ritual, low-life gatherings in Untermyer Park.
At minute 00:16:35, he explains the discordian plan with a goal of terror, chaos and sacrifices to dark Gods.
At minute 00:33:30, he offers his view about the weakness of “normal people” — specifically, in their ostrich-like disbelief in the forces of evil.
The documentary showed a letter to Terry from Berkowitz in which he predicted people would dismiss Terry no matter how good the evidence.
Berkowitz himself astutely observed that society’s reluctance to face up to the fact that cults are slaughtering animals— and humans— is one of the movement’s greatest strengths, a primary reason killer
satanic groups are able to flourish. If you don’t want to deal with something, pretend it isn’t there, he said.- from page 320 of Ultimate Evil
In the first video below, Tommy Zaino, at minute 00:03:15, says he was an eyewitness to the killing of Stacy Moskowitz:
“I was looking in the mirror of the car and I noticed somebody standing in the park. What I saw was that he had long hair and it’s hard to really see the face, but he was thin. He looked like he was in pretty good shape. He walked up to the car as if he was going to get in the car, and then he went into a stance and he shot. And that was it. He turned around and ran. I can’t picture Berkowitz running like that. That’s the thing that confused me after they caught him. In a week, he can’t get that fat. And that’s all I can say. He didn’t look like the type of guy to run and do that.”
Later, at minute 00:49:00, Berkowitz confirms that Moskowitz’s shooter drove a yellow VW bug, not his car.
At 00:48:50, Berkowitz says someone came in from California for one of the crimes.
Dedicated Born-Again Christian Offering Clues About the Dark Side
Berkowitz became a born-again Christian in 1997 and now goes by the name “Son of Hope.” He has become a “minister behind bars” who’s “involved in spiritual warfare.” For him, the Bible is a detailed, precise, almost journalistic account of the struggle between fierce combatants, God and the Devil.
Regarding Spike Lee’s 1999 movie “Summer of Sam,” which spotlighted Berkowitz’s past, he said, “I feel that the movie is purposely being designed to damage my Christian testimony.”
There is no doubt in my mind that a demon has been living in me since birth. As a child, I was fascinated with suicide. I thought about throwing myself in front of cars. I was out of control.
I was obsessed with “Rosemary’s Baby.” I felt like it was speaking directly to me. I stayed in my closet. I ran from the light into darkness, as the Bible says. If people don’t have a clue about spiritual things, they’ll say, ‘Well, this guy is nuts.’
The Devil can manifest psychologically. The demons are real. I saw them, felt their presence, and I heard them. You get into a state that is so far gone, your own personality is dissolved,” he’d once earnestly explained, “and you take on these demonic entities … It was like another person was in me … doing a lot of directing. I struggled, but things became overwhelming. I lost my sense of myself. I was taken over by something else, another personality.
Ever since I was a small child, my life seemed to be filled with torment. I would often have seizures in which I would roll on the floor. Sometimes furniture would get knocked over. When these attacks came, it felt as if something was entering me.
During this period of my life, I was also plagued with bouts of severe depression. When this feeling came over me, I would hide under my bed for hours. I would also lock myself in a closet and sit in total darkness from morning until afternoon. I had a craving for the darkness, and I felt an urge to flee away from people.
I just — at this time, I had made a pact with the Devil. I had allowed this satanic thing to control me, and I felt these paranormal powers.