August 10 - 1977 - David Berkowitz is Arrested for the Son of Sam Killings
The Son of Sam killings unnerved New York City for a year, from late July 1976 to early August 1977, because it was an unsolved series of murders where the killer sent taunting letter to the police and the press. The basic format of each killing was that the killer came up behind people sitting in a car and shot at the car from behind with a large caliber pistol. Berkowitz was caught because police traced his car to his crime scene. Despite Berkowitz' statements about obeying the voice of a dog, being demonically possesed, and belonging to a satanic cult, the most remarkable thing is that police were able to track him down.