Guilty Verdict Long Overdue in Etan Patz Murder

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

A Manhattan jury deliberated nine days before it rendered a guilty verdict in the 40-year-old kidnapping and murder of eight-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared in 1979 as he walked to school in New York City.

Pedro Hernandez, always considered the prime suspect, was initially tried in 2016 in a trial that ended with the juries who deliberated 18 days remained deadlocked. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance had stated then he would retry the case.

The case had long been considered active but cold until one day the New York Police Department received a phone call. It was the break in the case they had always believed would come.

The caller, who has yet to be identified indicated, Pedro Hernandez, 54, a married man, living a quiet life in New Jersey confessed to the murder.

Manhattan District Attorney Plans Second Etan Patz Trial

Since the verdict, the Defense Attorney Harvey Fishbein indicated Hernandez would have confessed to anything after the intense interrogation. Hernandez mental capacity has been assessed and while a judge ruled he was mentally capable of standing trial his IQ falls beneath the average mark and “borderline-to -mild mental retardation.”

“There is a very good chance there will be a third trial,” he said to CNN affiliate WABC.

Hernandez offered police information only the killer could know. He detailed how he lured the young child into the basement of the bodega in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and attacked him.

Patz, Hernandez confessed was lured into the basement of the bodega with the offer of soda. Hernandez has said he strangled the body until "he went limp" and stuffed him in a "banana box." He indicated he carried the child out of the store and tossed him in an alley.

Mistrial Declared in Etan Patz Child Murder Case - Legal Commentary by Boston Attorney Hank Brennan

The effort to find the boy who vanished in broad daylight birthed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Etan’s picture was posted on Milk Cartons, a first for missing children. Detectives, advocates, lawyers and concerned citizens all worked tirelessly for years trying to find new and innovative ways to get Etan’s story and picture out to the population.

The body of Etan Patz has never been found.

It has been five years since that first phone call that led detectives to interrogate Hernandez and forty years for the Patz's Family who receive a little justice much too late. 

Haute Tease

  • Amtrak Train Derailment; 8 Dead; 140 Injured

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    New York bound Northeast Regional Amtrak Train 188 originating in Washington, D.C. with 238 passengers on board derailed outside Philadelphia leaving eight dead and hundreds injured some critical with life threatening injuries.

     
  • Interview & Review Part II: Trevor White Talks on Gritty, Hard-Hitting film Jamesy Boy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    “Jamesy Boy,” from Trevor White, Phase4films and XLrator Media, brings to the screen a gritty, realistic, graphic portrayal of a lost and forgotten generation while skillfully modernizing the coming of age street gang prison film.

     
  • Academy Award Winner Martin Scorsese and Paramount Pictures Release First Clip from “The Wolf of Wall Street”

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio).   From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 1980s. 

     
  • The Painter’s Wedding Book Review – A Beautiful Collection of Event Inspirations

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Painter's Wedding, from author Kristy Rice and Schiffer Publishing, brings to the pages a fresh take on the world of wedding themes, from decorations to invitations, with inspirations drawn from great master painters and their significant work.

     
  • Money News Special: DOW Jones in Free Fall; Crawls Back, Closes Down; Crude Oil Drops

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly 1000 point over the weekend and in the moments after the optimistic opening bell on Monday traders saw the numbers spiral out of control into an abyss stunning the world.

     
  • Chef Jennifer Johnson on How to Cook a Presidential Meal This Weekend (Recipes)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Chef Jennifer Johnson of Hip Chicks Farms you could say knows food. Her current gig as head chef for Ann and Gordon Getty, calls for her to craft exquisite meals for celebrities, public figures and most recently, President Barack Obama.

     
  • David Bowie, British Rock Legend, Dies

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    British rock star David Bowie, once known for his flamboyant style and gender bending illusions has died today after an eighteen month courageous battle with liver cancer. He was 69.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/G20/China/Brexit; Election 2016: FP Fells Both; Mother Teresa; OK Quake; Jacob Wetterling

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama waxed a bit nostalgic during his announcement of the historic Paris Climate Agreement during the G20 reflecting on his reasons for entering into political life and now as the exit draws nigh the realization of effort is magnified.

     
  • Franny Review – High Drama, Unexpected Twists, As Dependency Wages War to Destroy a Life

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Franny, from Magnolia Entertainment, presents a heartfelt drama of love, loss, dependency, hope, healing and coping as the earth shattering moments that instantly mute, challenge the soul, permanently destroy or short circuit a life randomly strike with warning.

     
  • Denzel Washington To Receive 47th AFI Life Achievement Award

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced that Denzel Washington will receive the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award, America's highest honor for a career in film. The tribute will premiere on TNT with an encore on Turner Classic Movies.  

  • WHY HIM Review - Hysterical, LOL, A Silicon Valley Comedic Romp

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    WHY HIM, from Twentieth Century Fox Films and TSG Entertainment, brings to the screen a laugh out loud comedic romp through Silicon Valley and the new age world of tech apps, platforms, coding, and the over the top creative extravagances.

     
  • Haute Money: FORBES Announces Its 34th Annual FORBES 400 Ranking of the Richest Americans

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The combined wealth of Forbes’ 2015 ranking of the richest people in America,“The Forbes 400”(p. 130 of the October 19, 2015 Forbes magazine issue), is $2.34 trillion, up from $2.29 trillion in 2014 and the highest ever.

 

Login Form