TV Documentary To Show How A Son Of Kerry Helped Track Down The ‘Son Of Sam’ Serial Killer

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NYPD Det Insp Timothy Dowd.

THE story of how a Kerry-born NYPD cop led the hunt that tracked down and captured a notorious cold-blooded serial killer who caused terror in the Big Apple in the hot summer of 1976, will be told in a TG4 documentary on Wednesday, May 16.

The ‘Son of Sam’ killer shot his first victim in the Pelham district of the Bronx in mid-1976.  In the thirteen months that followed, he carried out a brutal murder spree that gripped an entire city in terror and made headlines around the world.

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Forty years on, award-winning news journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh travels to New York City on the trail of the incredible Irish story behind those dark headlines.  This is how one persistent Kerryman led the largest manhunt New York had ever seen, to capture America’s most notorious serial killer.

Seán journeys through the boroughs of New York to uncover the incredible story of Irish NYPD Dept Inspector Timothy J. Dowd a native of Castlemaine and the taskforce he led to catch a monster.

He uncovers the story of this hidden hero (who lived to the age of 99) as he explores the great service Timothy Dowd and Irish NYPD gave to secure their city. The show is on May 16 at 9.30pm.


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