Kerryman who captured Son of Sam serial killer has died

NYPD The Kerryman who caught New York’s most infamous serial killer Son of Sam and who worked on the NYPD team that busted up an international drug ring, dubbed the French Connection which led to the famous film, has died at age 99. Castlemaine native, Timothy J Dowd captured David Berkowitz who had murdered six people and wounded seven others in attacks in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn before he was caught on Aug. 10, 1977. He was also known as the .44-caliber killer, for the weapon he used. Deputy Inspector Dowd, a Manhattan detective, was placed in charge of the case, which resulted in the largest manhunt in New York City history up to that time. The Son of Sam killings, which occurred at a time of fiscal crisis and high crime in New York City, became an emblem of a city in desperate straits. Timothy Joseph Dowd was born in Castlemaine in 1915 before moving to Boston and then New York. Young Timothy joined the police force in 1940. For his work on the Son of Sam case, he received a rare promotion of two ranks, from deputy inspector to deputy chief. He retired the next year. His daughter Melissa confirmed his death.

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