Ed Zigo, the NYPD detective who cracked open the Son of Sam case back in 1977, died yesterday. The NY Post ran the following article this morning:
Detective Ed Zigo -- the NYPD legend who cracked the "Son of Sam" case and slapped the handcuffs on serial killer David Berkowitz -- has died, The Post has learned. He was 84.
Zigo solved the confounding 1977 case by checking out a parking ticket issued to Berkowitz at the scene of his last murder.
"My father's deductive reasoning was: 'What is a Jewish guy from Yonkers doing parked in an Italian neighborhood at two in the morning?' " recalled Ed Zigo III, whose dad died of cancer Saturday at his Lynbrook, LI, home.
On August 10, 1977, Detective Zigo went to Berkowitz's home. The suspect had already killed six people and wounded seven others.
This was blatant racial profiling. The courts should do the right thing here, and reverse Berkowitz's conviction on those grounds.
I for one will have much more faith in our legal system knowing that Mr. Berkowitz can once again walk the streets a free man, protected from such unjust racial/ethnic harassment.