Friday, May 25, 2012

Thirty-three years to the day later, man confesses to the murder and disappearance of young, Etan Patz

Etan Patz Missing Persons Bulletin - Disappeared May 25, 1969 - Milk Carton 

"A heartbreaking mystery that tortured a Manhattan couple and stymied police for more than three decades apparently was solved Thursday after a New Jersey man confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz.
Pedro Hernandez was charged with second-degree murder one day before the 33rd anniversary of little Etan’s disappearance — a crime that shocked New York and gave rise to the missing child movement…."

Normally, I do not write about such matters, but in this instance, I must make an exception.
FINALLY, thirty-three years later, the family, friends and New Yorkers now know the of the macabre details surrounding the disappearance of young Etan Patz who disappeared on the morning of May 25, 1969 somewhere between his home and the bus stop on his way to school.
It was the first time in Etan's short life that he was ever allowed to walk to the bus stop by himself. At the time of Etan’s disappearance, he was six years old.
Somewhere between leaving his home and arriving at the bus stop, something went horribly wrong.  Etan disappeared only to re-surface on the back of milk cartons in the households of Americans across the nation.
Pedro Hernandez, the former owner of a SoHo (back then Greenwich Village) bodega has confessed to luring this young and innocent child to his demise with the promise of a cold soda.
Age 19 at the time of the crime, Hernandez lured Etan Patz down into a basement where he strangled the child, stuffed him into a bag and threw him out with the trash at a bodega located elsewhere.
Since that day, Hernandez has gone on to live a full life.  He is married and has a teenage daughter; and just in case you are wondering, Hernandez  disclosed years ago to family members that he murdered a child in New York City but allegedly no one put it together, i.e., until recently.
Thirty-three years later and after being caught, Hernandez is now expressing remorse and relief.
You can view the NYDN photo gallery and timeline of the Etan Patz case here.
While I welcome closure of this case for the family members of Etan Patz and New Yorkers and justice, it is impossible to be objective here.  Thus, I wonder what other damage Pedro Hernandez has done these past three decades that has gone unnoticed and/or unreported.

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