This week Pedro Hernandez was found guilty for the kidnapping and murder of 6-year old Etan Patz in 1979.
In a trial that seems almost like it could be straight out of an Law and Order episode, authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to Patz for about 40 years. Even though Hernandez confessed to the crime, the trial was lengthy and brutal since so little evidence and witnesses were available from the original crime. The trial lasted five months and the jury asked to watch Hernandez’s confession multiple times during their intense deliberation and coming back with a “guilty” verdict.
Back in ’79 and for several years afterwards, the Patz case was popular in the media around the nation. The boy was described as “missing” for years and his face was on milk cartons and posters around the country. To finally have someone convicted of the crimes towards Patz is something that his parents said they have been waiting for years to hear.
It’s interesting to read about the development of this case and determine if Hernandez is really the guilty party. So many years have passed, and you start to wonder if there really is compelling evidence or if, just maybe, they might have the wrong guy. This is certainly a compelling case with a bittersweet ending. You can read the details from The New York Times here.