Etan Patz
American child kidnap victim
Etan Patz
Etan Kalil Patz is a kidnapped American child. He was 6 years old when he disappeared in lower Manhattan, New York on May 25, 1979. At the time, news coverage of Patz's disappearance was made into a media circus in the New York City area. He is arguably the most famous missing child of New York City.
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Lawyers Seek to Overturn Verdict in Patz Case
Wall Street Journal - about 1 month
Attorneys for a man convicted of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz said Tuesday they will seek to have the verdict set aside, amid “grave concerns” of jury contamination.
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Letter: Etan Patz, Never Forgotten
NYTimes - about 1 month
A reader writes that she felt the horror of the disappearance of the child when in New York.
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Etan Patz case finally comes to an end
Yahoo News - about 1 month
A 40-year mystery was finally laid to rest on Tuesday, as a New York City jury found a former store clerk guilty of the murder of 6-year-old boy Etan Patz, who became the first missing child to appear on milk carton. “The Patz family has waited a long time, but we’ve finally found some measure of justice for our wonderful little boy, Etan,” the victim’s father, Stanley Patz, told the Associated Press.
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WATCH: Stan Patz 'really grateful' for guilty verdict in son's killing
ABC News - about 1 month
The father of Etan Patz says, "I needed to know what happened to my son."
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Jurors begin deliberations in case of 1979 missing boy
Yahoo News - about 2 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors have started deliberating in the case against the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in New York City 37 years ago.
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Earlier Suspect May Be Etan Patz’s Killer, Defense Says
NYTimes - 3 months
Lawyers showed jurors a video of an interview of Jose Ramos, suspected in the boy’s 1979 killing before Pedro Hernandez’s arrest.
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Patz Murder Suspect Defense Seeks to Discredit Confession
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Lawyers for the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz will seek to convince jurors Monday of a central argument of their case: A suspect could tell police that he strangled a child, and yet still be innocent.
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Daughter of Suspect in Patz Murder Testifies Through Tears
NYTimes - 4 months
Becky Hernandez, whose father is on trial on charges of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, cried in a Manhattan courtroom as she described her childhood.
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In Patz Trial, Defense Calls Former Soho Parent to Testify
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Former Soho resident Henry Gruen said Friday that he didn’t recall seeing Etan Patz at the bus stop the morning of his disappearance while testifying in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, who is accused of kidnapping and murdering the boy in 1979.
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Etan Patz Murder Suspect Haunted by 'Demons,' Witness Says
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Pedro Hernandez, the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, said that for years he saw shadowy “demons” in his bedroom and an “angel” who watched over him, a psychiatrist testified Tuesday.
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In Patz Case, Prosecution Is Set to Rest
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
The prosecution is expected to rest its case Monday in the retrial of Pedro Hernandez, the New Jersey man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979.
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Accused Killer of Etan Patz Took Fetal Position in Police Interview, Witness Says
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Several hours into a police interview of the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, suspect Pedro Hernandez was curled on the floor in the fetal position and asking to go home, an assistant district attorney testified Monday.
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In Patz Trial, Ex-Wife Says Hernandez Confessed to a Murder
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
The ex-wife of the man accused of killing Etan Patz told jurors Monday that Pedro Hernandez confessed to a murder, and his brother-in-law recounted how he tried to get police to focus on the defendant.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Etan Patz
    TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 28
    Died in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 26
    In a special feature on missing children, the New York Post reported on October 23, 1999, that Ramos was the prime suspect in Etan's disappearance.
    More Details Hide Details Ramos was known to the Patz family and was the prime suspect all along, but in the early 1980s they were still unable to prosecute Ramos. Ramos was declared responsible for Etan's death in 2004 in a New York civil case but remains unprosecuted. Etan's parents, Stanley and Julie Patz, pursued a civil case against Ramos. They were awarded a 'symbolic' sum of $2 million, which they have never collected. Ramos is currently serving a 20-year prison term in the State Correctional Institution – Dallas in Pennsylvania for child molestation. His scheduled release date is November 7, 2012. Every year, on the anniversaries of Etan's birthday and disappearance, Stan Patz has sent Ramos a copy of his son's missing child poster. On the back he types the same message: "What did you do to my little boy?"
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 10
    The day of Etan Patz's disappearance, May 25, has been designated National Missing Children's Day since its declaration by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details The case was the basis for the 1983 missing-child drama Without a Trace. On May 7, 2009, Lisa R. Cohen published her book After Etan: The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive, detailing the case and its effect on America. New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. reopened the Etan Patz case in May 2010. In April 2012, NYPD and FBI investigators excavated a nearby building's basement which case files revealed had been newly refinished shortly after the boy's disappearance in 1979. The basement had been the workshop of a carpenter who had previous contact with Etan as well as many others in the neighborhood at the time.
  • 1979
    Age 6
    When initially questioned by GraBois, Ramos stated that he was “90 percent sure” that Etan was the boy he had taken to his apartment on May 25, 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, GraBois became deputized as a deputy state attorney general in Pennsylvania to help prosecute a case against Ramos for sexually abusing other children in order to also obtain further information on Patz's case. In 1991, jailhouse informants claimed that Ramos, a convicted child sexual abuser imprisoned in Pennsylvania, finally admitted to direct involvement in Etan's disappearance. Ramos had been a friend of Etan's one-time babysitter.
    On the morning of Friday, May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz, by himself for the first time, left his SoHo apartment to walk the two blocks to catch the school bus.
    More Details Hide Details He did not reach the bus stop. When he did not return home from school at 3:30 that afternoon, his mother reported him missing. An intense search began that evening, using nearly 100 police officers and a team of bloodhounds; the search would continue for weeks. Various circumstances surrounding this case, such as it being Etan's first time outside alone, made it a high-profile, media-driven case. On April 19, 2012, police began searching the basement of a building in downtown Manhattan, which is near the area of Patz' bus stop back then. Police are questioning a handyman who worked in that building during the time of Patz' disappearance. Assistant United States Attorney Stuart R. GraBois identified Jose Antonio Ramos as the primary suspect in Etan's disappearance after receiving the case in 1985.
  • 1972
    Born
    Born on October 9, 1972.
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