NEW YORK (AP) — The detective who cracked the notorious Son of Sam case in the 1970s and arrested killer David Berkowitz has died. Ed Zigo (ZEE'-goh) was 84.
His wife, Eileen Brunelli-Zigo, said Tuesday that he died Jan. 19 of cancer at his Lynbrook, N.Y. home, surrounded by his family.
She says he was "a man in every sense of the word. Strong. Brave. Kind."
Zigo went to Berkowitz's Yonkers, N.Y., home in 1977 on a hunch and ended up catching the killer.
The self-proclaimed Son of Sam took responsibility for a string of handgun assaults that left seven young people dead and seven others critically wounded.
Berkowitz said he was ordered to kill by a demon who possessed his neighbor's dog.
Zigo retired from the NYPD in 1982.
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