On This Day 1977: The "Son of Sam" is Captured
"Well, you've got me."
With those four words, one of the most intense manhunts in U.S. history ended this day in 1977.
Postal worker David Berkowitz, who wrote a series of apocalyptic, taunting letters signed, "Son of Sam," had terrorized New York City for over a year, killing six and wounding seven in a series of eight attacks. Using his Charter Arms Bulldog, a distinctively high caliber gun, he targeted young brunette women or couples late at night, often near bars and nightclubs.
For more on the series of crimes committed by Berkowitz and how old-style, gum-shoe detective work brought him down, read the full story.