The book"The Ultimate Evil: The Search for the Sons of Sam" by Maury Terry attempts to link a SOS cult to Scientology. Introduction by Joshua Zeman

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The book"The Ultimate Evil: The Search for the Sons of Sam" by Maury Terry attempts to link a SOS cult to Scientology. Introduction by Joshua Zeman.

Is Terry's argument convincing?


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"The Ultimate Evil: The Search for the Sons of Sam" by Maury Terry. Introduction by Joshua Zeman.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08NFVHPP5/



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Kindle $11.99
Quirk Books (April 20, 2021)
547 pages

Paperback $15.97
‎Quirk Books (April 20, 2021)
‎544 pages

Audible audiobook
Free with trial
Narrator: Keith Szarabajka
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Listening Length: 24 hours and 52 minutes


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Product Description

The true-crime cult classic that inspired the Netflix docuseries The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness and a companion podcast, The Ultimate Evil follows journalist Maury Terry’s decades-long investigation into the terrifying truth behind the Son of Sam murders.

On August 10, 1977, the NYPD arrested David Berkowitz for the Son of Sam murders that had terrorized New York City for over a year. Berkowitz confessed to shooting sixteen people and killing six with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, and the case was officially closed.

Journalist Maury Terry was suspicious of Berkowitz’s confession. Spurred by conflicting witness descriptions of the killer and clues overlooked in the investigation, Terry was convinced Berkowitz didn’t act alone. Meticulously gathering evidence for a decade, he released his findings in the first edition of The Ultimate Evil. Based upon the evidence he had uncovered, Terry theorized that the Son of Sam attacks were masterminded by a Yonkers-based cult that was responsible for other ritual murders across the country.

After Terry’s death in 2015, documentary filmmaker Josh Zeman (Cropsey, The Killing Season, Murder Mountain) was given access to Terry’s files, which form the basis of his docuseries with Netflix and a companion podcast. Taken together with The Ultimate Evil, which includes a new introduction by Zeman, these works reveal the stunning intersections of power, wealth, privilege, and evil in America—from the Summer of Sam until today.

Review

“This book isn’t just about Son of Sam...It’s about an author who drove himself into the ground trying to make sense of some of the most brutal crimes in American history. Is what he found true? That’s for you to ponder. But I will tell you, I wasn’t able to put this book down—and neither will you.”—Billy Jensen, author of Chase Darkness with Me

About the Author

Maury Terry was an award-winning investigative reporter whose work was prominently featured in both television and print media. He wrote for the Gannett newspaper chain, Vanity Fair, Gear, and Penthouse, among others. He reported on and coproduced nearly a dozen national TV specials about the Son of Sam conspiracy. Terry died in Yonkers, New York, in 2015.

Joshua Zeman has been at the forefront of the true crime genre for the past decade. He is the director of the critically acclaimed film Cropsey, the docuseries The Killing Season, and Murder Mountain.

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James Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase

The Son of Sam murders were carried out by an organized network

Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2021

Author, the late Maury Terry does a masterful job of proving the Son of Sam killings were not the work of a single crazed postal worker. Maury shows connections between Charles Manson and Son of Sam. He also links the Church of Scientology to the SOS cult. Maury also lets his readers know that these satanic murder cults are run by the very wealthy.

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Oxygen: Who Was Maury Terry, The Journalist At The Center Of 'Sons of Sam' Documentary?

When David Berkowitz was arrested for a string of seemingly random murders in 1977, New York City breathed a collective sigh of relief, but for Maury Terry, the lone gunman narrative never added up.

MAY 8, 2021, 7:24 AM ET
BY LEAH CARROLL


Who Was Maury Terry, The Journalist At The Center Of 'Sons of Sam' Documentary? | Oxygen Official Site


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Terry would go on to make a career of attempting to prove that Berkowitz had not acted alone. He was convinced that the killings were part of a larger conspiracy that involved everything from Scientology, to the Manson family, to a cult known as the Process Church of Final Judgement. He published his theories in a bestselling 1987 book called The Ultimate Evil: The Search for the Sons of Sam, and made numerous television appearances, including a 1993 televised jailhouse interview with Berkowitz.

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A dissenting but nonetheless interesting review on Goodreads:




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John rated it * * *
over 7 years ago
Shelves: nonfiction

Oh the good old days before DNA and real good forensics, where one Fire Island obsessed NY reporter could toil away on a single story for decades. Where a good juicy serial killer could make the career of a plucky young journalist.

When Terry is not "recreating" conversations between himself and police, himself and District Attorneys, or himself and other newspaper men, he is retyping prison letters from inside snitches.

See, here is the thing about this: Berkowitz did it. Alone. Because he is a paranoid schizophrenic. Probably tormented by his neighbors, the Carrs. The Carrs where bad dudes, one was an active cocaine addict and the other former drug addict turned Scientologist. To a paranoid like Berkowitz, these two guys were into Satanism and all sorts of other depravity. And what was the most depraved thing back in the 1970s? Homosexual bondage sex. Mix all that together with a barking dog and you have the platform for quite a delusional system.

I am sure the Carrs fucked with "Berkie." Teased and harassed him, since he was a loner creep with obvious mental problems. I am, also, convinced that Berkowitz knew them well enough to create his delusions.

The fact that both Carrs met with particularly messy ends, is not surprising either- being low level criminals and dullard thugs.

Terry gets great traction from the Carrs "suspicious" deaths. But really, a dug addict who is trying to break into selling drugs getting killed is not really the stuff of Satanic Conspiracies. More like the plot of a cheap tv show.

The fact that Terry gets more traction from the letters, articles, and other highlighted books that Berkowitz mails around the country to various DAs is a bit naive. I mean, letter writing and strange mail was one of Berkowitz's Son Of Sam calling cards. The fact he continued after arrest seems to prove his culpability more than anything else. Furthermore, the sending of articles and other texts to law enforcement continued to support Berkowitz's paranoid delusions, showing others all the evidence that connects the scrambled world view of his mind.

Terry uses Berkowitz's interviews as more proof. I found the interviews to be entirely made up of leading questions and Berkowitz playing a terribly obvious game of GO FISH. His refusal to answer reads as ignorance and entertainment on his behalf, not scared hints.

To even address the informant letters from Vinny is to admit that a prisoner who has a reporter on the hook, someone who will actively visit him, who will actively write him back, is a prisoner with a lot of power. They are bored beyond words, so this sort of entertainment is invaluable. In addition, anything Vinny overheard, any crime, he could simply feed to Terry and attribute it to Berkowitz. Which I think happened a lot.

Poor Maury Terry. I am sure he misses the disco nights on Fire Island as well as the timely fascination of the Son of Sam case.

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Type4_PTS

Well-known member
Is Terry's argument convincing?
From all I've seen he doesn't provide sufficient evidence to support his conspiracy theory, but I've not read his book and really don't have an interest in doing so at this time.

There have been connections between Scientology to both Charles Manson and also the Process Church of the Final Judgement.


Excerpt:


In 1963, Robert DeGrimston Moore met Mary Anne MacLean at the Hubbard Institute of Scientology in London where they both worked as auditors and instructors. This relationship led to marriage, and the pair eventually left Scientology, taking with them some of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s principles and methods. They incorporated them into a new group called “Compulsions Analysis,” which used a technique or “process” similar to Scientology.

Eventually, “Compulsions Analysis” evolved into The Process Church of the Final Judgment. According to Ed Sanders in The Family, during his stint with Scientology, DeGrimston had attained the level of “Clear,” just as Charles Manson claimed to have reached the same lofty level while studying Scientology in prison.
 

Type4_PTS

Well-known member
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A dissenting but nonetheless interesting review on Goodreads:




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John rated it * * *
over 7 years ago
Shelves: nonfiction

Oh the good old days before DNA and real good forensics, where one Fire Island obsessed NY reporter could toil away on a single story for decades. Where a good juicy serial killer could make the career of a plucky young journalist.

When Terry is not "recreating" conversations between himself and police, himself and District Attorneys, or himself and other newspaper men, he is retyping prison letters from inside snitches.

See, here is the thing about this: Berkowitz did it. Alone. Because he is a paranoid schizophrenic. Probably tormented by his neighbors, the Carrs. The Carrs where bad dudes, one was an active cocaine addict and the other former drug addict turned Scientologist. To a paranoid like Berkowitz, these two guys were into Satanism and all sorts of other depravity. And what was the most depraved thing back in the 1970s? Homosexual bondage sex. Mix all that together with a barking dog and you have the platform for quite a delusional system.

I am sure the Carrs fucked with "Berkie." Teased and harassed him, since he was a loner creep with obvious mental problems. I am, also, convinced that Berkowitz knew them well enough to create his delusions.

The fact that both Carrs met with particularly messy ends, is not surprising either- being low level criminals and dullard thugs.

Terry gets great traction from the Carrs "suspicious" deaths. But really, a dug addict who is trying to break into selling drugs getting killed is not really the stuff of Satanic Conspiracies. More like the plot of a cheap tv show.
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Berkowitz himself did allege that some members of the Process Church were involved with the killings.


Excerpt:

In 1997, reporter Maury Terry interviewed serial killer David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, for Investigative Reports “Son of Sam Speaks: The Untold Story” with Bill Kurtis. In that videotaped interview, Berkowitz specifically mentioned and blamed The Process Church of the Final Judgment for his killings. Berkowitz stated that he would meet with the cult at Untermyer Park in Yonkers and that other members of the Process were involved in the Son of Sam killings and that he took the fall to cover for the Cult.
 
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