When Heriberto “Eddie” Seda was apprehended on June 18, 1996, the residents of East New York, Brooklyn and the detectives tasked with finding him breathed a sigh of relief. For six years Seda terrorized East New York and the City of New York in a murderous rampage intended to mimic the infamous Zodiac Killer that terrorized California in the 1960s. When Seda was arrested, I was 16 years old and lived several blocks from the 75th Precinct, which was tasked with patrolling the neighborhood that had become recognized as one of the worst parts of Brooklyn. The shootings became the topic of discussions among my father, friends and classmates in school. We had been warned by our parents to be vigilant and report anything we saw or heard that was out of the ordinary. Kieran Crowley, a former reporter for the NY Post, was assigned to cover the story and spent hours in East New York interviewing witness and countless more hours reviewing documents and articles. He has put together the only account of one of the most heinous killing sprees to terrorize New York City.
The book was written in 1997, roughly a year after Seda’s capture. And at the time it was published, Seda was still waiting trial. Since then he has been tried, convicted and is currently incarcerated at Great Meadow Correctional Center in Comstock, New York. He will not be eligible for parole until 2081 and will never again roam the streets of Brooklyn.. For the younger generation of East New York, Seda’s name is unknown but to the older generation, his name conjures up memories of a dangerous time in East New York to which they never hope to return. Crowley’s investigative report is the definitive account of the crimes and Seda’s life and the wave of terror he inflicted. The dysfunction and mental instability and degrading relationship between Seda, his mother and sister are covered in detail providing the necessary back story to the infamous crime spree that gripped a neighborhood. Many years have passed since East New York was paralyzed with fear but Seda’s reign of crime remains with us reminding us of the many horrors that once plagued New York City.