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Det. Responsible for 'Son of Sam' Arrest Dies at Age 84

Det. Responsible for 'Son of Sam' Arrest Dies at Age 84

Taken in 1977, the picture shows Ed Zigo holding up the .44 calibre revolver used by David Berkowitz in the Son of Sam murders. Zigo caught Berkowitz after tracing a parking ticket back to him

The Daily Mail

February 23, 2011

The detective who caught one of America’s most notorious serial killers has died aged 84.

Ed Zigo caught David Berkowitz – aka ‘Son of Sam’ – after tracing him to his New York home through a parking ticket issued to the killer around the time of his last murder.

Berkowitz had killed six people and injured seven more by the time Mr Zigo caught him in 1977.

In 1976 and 1977, New York city was in the grip of panic after a year of indiscriminate and brutal shootings by a killer who identified himself only as ‘Son of Sam’.

After a year police were getting no closer to catching the killer until a witness to one of the ‘Son of Sam’ murders turned up a vital lead.

Speaking to police two days after the murder of 20-year-old Stacy Moskowitz, Cacilia Davis said she had seen a suspicious looking man lurking around the murder scene only hours before.

Crucially she remembered the man ripping a parking ticket off of his car.

Ed Zigo and other detectives then trawled through every parking ticket issued in the area around the time of the murder.

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Rambling: One of several bizarre notes sent by Berkowitz taunting poice.

Eventually police stumbled upon a ticket issued to a yellow Ford Galaxie, and followed it straight back to 24-year-old Berkowitz’s home on August 10 1977.

Speaking to the New York Post, Ed Zigo’s son, Ed Zigo III, said it was old fashioned detective work that led his father directly to Berkowitz.

He said: ‘My father’s deductive reasoning was: ‘What is a Jewish guy from Yonkers doing parked in an Italian neighbourhood at two in the morning.’’

The next day, detectives surrounded Berkowitz at his Yonkers home, arresting him as he tried to start his car.

Mr Zigo added: ‘According to my father, he introduced himself and said, ’Hi, David. I’m Detective Zigo.

‘Berkowitz said to him, ’Hi, Ed I’m the Son of Sam’.’

Ed Zigo died of cancer at his home in Lynbrook, Long Island on Saturday.

Berkowitz, a postal worker, began his killing spree in July 1976, with the shooting of 18-year-old Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti, 19.

As the teenagers left their car in Pelham Bay, New York, Berkowitz suddenly appeared, shooting Miss Lauria dead and wounding her friend Miss Valenti.

He struck again in October 1976, wounding a driver and her passenger as he shot up their car as they drove through Queens.

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10574 Comments

    Rest in peace Detective Zigo.

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    Collegecop_WA

    over 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Outstanding job Detective Zigo, thank you for catching this SOB and putting him away and for your many years of service. Rest in peace, may God welcome you home with open arms.

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Garret - Earp - Ness - Pusser and now add Zigo to the list of Hall of Famers.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23284 Comments

    R.I.P. Sir. Great job.

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    Rscheiterle

    over 3 years ago

    1822 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    DoctorMike

    over 3 years ago

    472 Comments

    Rest in peace sir. You are a true hero.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    2994 Comments

    I had the honor of meeting Det.Zigo and he was one of the 3 reasons i wanted my Det. Shield....RIP my brother

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    cgingo

    over 3 years ago

    21884 Comments

    RIP Brother.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    brooklynsergeant

    over 3 years ago

    4392 Comments

    RIP Detective ED ZIGO, a Cop from the Old School

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace Det. Ed Zigo.

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    gumby63857

    over 3 years ago

    2234 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Rest in Peasce Det Zigo, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace.

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