Pedro Hernandez appeared in court on Dec. 12 for the murder of Etaz, 6, who vanished from his SoHo neighborhood in 1979. Although he confessed to the crime a few months ago, Pedro’s lawyers claim he was insane and thus not guilty at the time of the confession — but the shocking details were released in court.
Etan Patz disappeared from his SoHo neighborhood in New York City in 1979, and his family had been on a desperate search ever since — until May 24 when Pedro Hernandez was arrested and confessed to killing the little boy. Now, Pedro is facing a judge in court — but pleading not guilty to the heinous crime.
Etan Patz Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
Pedro appeared in court on Dec. 12 and plead not guilty to the charges. Even though, back in May, he confessed to killing the little boy, his lawyer says Pedro was mentally insane at the time of the confession, and therefore, the confession isn’t reliable.
However, his lawyer revealed the morbid details of Pedro’s confession from the 8 hours he was interrogated back in May– and they are very shocking, to say the least.
Etan Patz Alleged Killer’s Confession Details
“He was at work that morning, that he saw the boy at the bus stop, asked him if he would like a soda, led him to the basement of the bodega where he was employed, and for no apparent reason immediately choked the boy until the boy went limp. The defendant said he then placed the boy in a plastic bag, placed the bag in a cardboard box, and tossed the boy’s book bag behind a freezer in the basement. He then carried the box to the entranceway of a basement approximately one-and-a-half blocks away, where he placed the box on the ground just inside the open entranceway. According to the video-recorded statement by Mr. Hernandez, when he left the box, Etan Patz was still alive.”
Pedro also told prosecutors that his actions may have led to the boy’s death. Police said after Pedro’s arrest, he took them to the location where he thought he’d left the body. He also said he went back to check on the box the day after the incident, but it was gone.
Such a tragic situation. We hope Etan’s family can find peace, and that justice will be served.
What do YOU think of Pedro’s confession HollyMoms? Do you think he’s guilty?
— Christina Stiehl
More on the Etan Patz Case:
- Etan Patz Killer Charged With Second-Degree Murder
- Etan Patz Murderer Found? — Man In Custody For His Disappearance
- Etan Patz Case Re-Opened — FBI Searching For Missing Boy After 33 Years