City Room is a NY Times blog that takes a look through the eyes of the NYPD each Thursday. Today, the blog leads a very interesting investigation into the very world of investigating – and how much the work of a detective has changed over the past 30 years.
The article discusses how the recent death of one of the dozens of detectives who assisted on the David Berkowitz (aka Son of Sam) serial murder case in NYC in 1977 re-ignited conversation about the evolution of similar investigations over time. What if we had all of today’s industry tricks available back then? How much more efficient has detective work become? And is it all thanks to new and improved databases and technology, or as one retired officer suggests, does an investigator’s instinct still take precedence?