Monday, August 7, 2017

Evil lived here: Son of Sam arrested in Yonkers 40 years ago

YONKERS – After nights of murder in New York City, the killer commuted from his grisly, blood-puddled crime scenes to his apartment here on quiet Pine Street.

Here, the "Son of Sam” slept on a mattress laid flat on the floor. Here, he posted sheets over his windows to block out a postcard view of the Hudson River and Palisades cliffs. Here, he worked on the anonymous letters sent to taunt detectives on his trail, tease the press and terrorize neighbors.

“How dare you force me into the night to do your bidding,” said one letter to downstairs neighbor Craig Glassman. “True, I am the killer. But Craig, the killings are your command.”

It was here that cops finally arrested postal worker David Berkowitz 40 years ago, on Aug. 10, 1977.

In eight random attacks over the course of a year, he’d crept up on young victims late at night, then unloaded his .44 at close range. Six people died. One was paralyzed and another blinded. In total, he’d shot 13 people, all of them in New York City boroughs — the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.

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