“Intimate interviews … haunting re-enactments”


Producer, Director:   Neal Boyle
Exec Producer:   Mary Brophy
Presenter:   Seán Mac an tSíthigh  
DOP:   Ray Mac Donnacha

In the summer of 1976, David Berkowitz aka ‘Son of Sam’ shot his first victim in the Pelham Bay district of the Bronx, New York. In the thirteen months that followed, he carried out a brutal murder spree that gripped an entire city in terror and made headlines around the world. The horror of that time remains ingrained in American cultural memory but the man who caught the monster has, until now, remained in the shadows.

Forty years on, journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh travels to New York to uncover the incredible story of how Irish born NYPD Deputy Inspector Timothy Dowd led the largest manhunt in New York history to capture one of America’s most notorious serial killers.

Directed by Neal Boyle, this captivating drama-doc journeys through the boroughs of New York and this extraordinary case. With remarkable access, the film retraces the NYPD investigation, to reveal the relentless steps Tim Dowd and his taskforce took to track down ‘Son of Sam’. Contributors include a survivor of one of Son of Sam’s attacks as well as several Omega detectives who worked the case directly. Their firsthand accounts and archive footage create a fascinating portrayal of fear; of the intense political pressure and media scrutiny, the personal impact on Dowd and his family and the soul-crushing, impossibility of catching a lone gunman in this vast city.

Celtic Media Festival 2019 nominee - Best Documentary