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Etan Patz

Etan Patz's Killer Sentenced To At Least 25 Years In Prison

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 04.18.2017 | Crime

A former New York City deli clerk was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison on Tuesday for the 1979 abduction and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, o...

Second Trial Set For Deli Worker Accused Of Killing Missing Boy

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2016 | Crime

By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK, June 10 (Reuters) - A new trial for the former New York deli worker who confessed to strangling 6-year-ol...

New Prosecutor To Take Over Retrial Of Etan Patz Murder

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2016 | Crime

NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) - The lead prosecutor in the Etan Patz murder trial, which ended in a mistrial with a hung jury last month, has stepped d...

Sobering Lessons From the Lone Juror in the Etan Patz Case

Dan Simon | Posted 05.15.2016 | Crime
Dan Simon

The Hernandez case confirms the adage that "confession is the queen of evidence." Even without a shred of physical evidence, an almost unanimous jury voted for conviction based on a 33-year-old statement, given by a man suffering from a personality disorder and limited intelligence.

Jury Expected To Begin Deliberations In Etan Patz Murder Trial

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2015 | Crime

By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) - The jury hearing the high-profile case of a former grocery worker accused of murderi...

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

Etan Patz Trial Focuses On Day Boy Vanished

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2015 | Crime

(Adds additional testimony from defendant's brother-in-law) By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Prosecutors i...

Murder Trial Of NYC Boy Missing 35 Years Gets Underway

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2015 | Crime

(Adds details on defense opening statement, trial to resume on Monday) By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - ...

Jury Selection Begins In Historic Case Of Missing Boy

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2015 | Crime

(Adds details of jury selection) By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the t...

Did The NYPD Force A False Confession In The Murder Of Etan Patz?

ProPublica | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

By Joaquin Sapien and Hanna Trudo, ProPublica. Dec. 23, 2013, 4 a.m.A version of this story was co-produced with WNYC. Listen to it here.Shortly afte...

Unsolved (And Disturbing) Missing Persons Cases | Posted 03.04.2013 | Crime

It's a tragic when a person, adult or child, suddenly disappears. Often, the case gets immediate attention from the public. But as investigations l...

NYC's Murder Rate Is Historically Low This Year

Newsday | Anthony M DeStefano | Posted 02.17.2013 | New York

The number of New York City homicide deaths this year, already plummeting to historic lows, is actually lower than police statistics show. That's bec...

Lawyer: Not Guilty Plea In Etan Patz Murder

Newsday | John Riley | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York

Former bodega worker Pedro Hernandez appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday morning, his first appearance after his indictment Wednesday in the ...

NYPD Search For Etan Patz Evidence Comes Up Short

| Posted 08.10.2012 | New York

By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo Columnist / Criminal Justice Editor MANHATTAN — The NYPD returned to the former SoHo bodega where Etan Patz was allegedl...

NYPD Officials 'Absolutely Certain' That Suspect Killed Etan Patz

| Posted 08.08.2012 | New York

By Murray Weiss DNAinfo Columnist / Criminal Justice Editor NEW YORK CITY — New details have cops "absolutely certain" Pedro Hernandez is guilty...

Hernandez Wrote 'I Killed Him' On Photo Of Etan Patz

Posted 06.08.2012 | New York

An important detail has emerged in Pedro Hernandez's confession to the 1979 killing of six-year-old Etan Patz, but authorities are still struggling to...

What If Etan Patz's 'Confessed' Killer Had Had a Lawyer?

Joel Cohen | Posted 08.08.2012 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Pedro Hernandez, the man who has now confessed to murdering six year old Etan Patz 33 years ago, had no lawyer when he decided two weeks ago to confess the killing to the police. Things don't always happen as they do on television.

Where Are Your Kids?

Eva Glettner | Posted 08.01.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

There are evil people in this world. The kind of people that will dupe a little boy and take his life. You better bet that I'm going to do everything in my power to shield my children from it.

LOOK: Mugshot Of Etan Patz Suspect Released

Posted 05.31.2012 | New York

(Photo: NYPD) A mugshot of Pedro Hernandez, the murder suspect in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, has been released by the NYPD. Las...

LOOK: Etan Patz's Parents Ask That Media Leave Them Alone

Posted 05.29.2012 | New York

The parents of Etan Patz would just like the media to leave them alone. Clearly, Pedro Hernandez's confession last week to the death and disappear...

Where Was Cy?

Len Levitt | Posted 07.29.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

Why didn't Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance attend Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's momentous news conference last Thursday on the Etan Katz case?

NYPD May Search Landfill For Etan Patz's Body

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2012 | New York

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK, May 28 (Reuters) - New York police have requested trash hauling records going back to 1979, the year 6-y...

Etan Patz Murder Suspect Knew 'Intimate Details,' Sources Say

Posted 05.27.2012 | Crime

Pedro Hernandez, the suspect who allegedly admitted to killing Etan Patz more than 30 years ago, knew "intimate details" about the boy that lead polic...

Etan Patz And 5 Lessons That Loss Can Teach

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

The pain of my childhood loss became something I could no longer deny, and I made a vow to turn my own life-long struggle to learn how to live with grief and loss into lessons that would guide the rest of my life.

Christopher Mathias

PHOTOS: New York City's Other Missing Children | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.25.2012 | New York

Etan Patz's disappearance 33 years ago was perhaps most disturbing, and grabbed the most national headlines, because of its narrative. May 25th, 1979 ...