TERRY, Maury The Ultimate Evil. An Investigation of America's Most Dangerous Satanic Cult. With New Evidence Linking Charlie Manson and the Son of Sam. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1987.
Large 8vo, red cloth-backed black boards, spine lettered in gilt; in the original unclipped pictorial dust jacket ($17.95), designed by Jack Ribik; pp. [ix], x-xiii, [iv], 4-512, [ii]; with numerous black and white photographs throughout; upper edge lightly marked; previous owner's markings in green pencil to ffep; jacket lightly creased and rubbed to extremities with a couple of very short closed tears, and a couple of minor tape repairs internally; very good.
First edition, as stated to publication page. A terrifying investigation into one of America's most dangerous satanic cults, with evidence linking Charles Manson and the Son of Sam to the cult network.
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. Investigative journalist Maury Terry remained unconvinced by the confession. He investigated the murders for several decades, uncovering conflicting witness descriptions of the killer and clues overlooked in the investigation. He became convinced that Berkowitz didn t act alone, theorising that the Son of Sam attacks were masterminded by a Yonkers-based cult that was responsible for other ritual murders across the country.
After the author's death in 2015, documentary filmmaker Josh Zeman (Cropsey, The Killing Season, Murder Mountain) was given access to to the files, turning it into a much-followed Netflix series and companion podcast.