In Season 3 of Break in the Case, we take you behind the scenes of one of NYPD’s most notorious cases from the 1990s, the New York Zodiac Copycat. From 1990 to 1996, a serial killer evades capture while sending taunting notes to the media and the police. For six years, detectives from the Zodiac Task Force follow every lead to the ground. And then, one day, a series of events brings them face to face with the Zodiac. Break in the Case is written and produced by the New York City Police Department and sponsored by the New York City Police Foundation.
New York Zodiac Copycat: Kid, You've Got the Case
It’s the summer of 1990, and crime in New York City is at an all-time high. Daily headlines bring fresh stories of random violence and stranger-on-stranger crime. Then, one day in June, someone calling himself “Zodiac” writes a disturbing letter to the New York Post. He claims to have killed three people in Brooklyn according to their astrological signs, and he promises to kill nine more. When the shootings check out, the NYPD forms a Zodiac Task Force. Retired Lieutenant Michael Ciravolo and retired New York Post reporter Anne Murray recount their involvement in the early days of the investigation.
New York Zodiac Copycat: We Need to Put This Fire Out
At Zodiac Task Force headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, tips pour in from across the city. Even the psychics get in on the action. After one of the victims dies from his wounds in the hospital, the case becomes a homicide.
New York Zodiac Copycat: Return of the Zodiac
In August, 1994, a new letter from the Zodiac lands on the front page of the New York Post. The Zodiac claims to have shot five more victims in 1992 and 1993, in the same geographic area as his first three shootings. A second Zodiac Task Force is formed. Detective Sergeant Joseph Herbert from the 75 Detective Squad focuses on the hard evidence: fingerprints, ballistics, and the Zodiac's letters.
New York Zodiac Copycat: East New York Chaos
One day in June, 1996, a 911 call leads to a shootout and a hostage situation. Detective Sergeant Joseph Herbert is called to his very first hostage job. And then, the unthinkable happens. True to the precinct motto, “Everything happens in the 75,” it all goes down in the 75th Precinct in East New York, Brooklyn.
New York Zodiac Copycat: Only Orion Can Stop the Zodiac
After an East New York man is arrested in the 75th Precinct for attempted murder, the evidence connects him to more sinister crimes.
New York Zodiac Copycat: The Trial
After the Zodiac’s arraignment for three murders and one attempted murder in Queens, a Queens prosecutor must prepare to counter a psychiatric defense.
A no nonsense approach to crime reporting that is presented in a clear and entertaining manner.
Thank you NYPD
I grew up with many misconceptions about law enforcement. This provides a great opportunity to learn about what the NYPD actually goes through and the great individuals who serve the public and seek their best interests. I still know that there are good and bad cops. These narrations are not only educational but also entertaining. Please produce more. Stay safe NYPD. Stay clean hearted. Service to mankind is also service to God Almighty. We are all answerable to Him.
Such a great podcast but too little of it!