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Etan Patz Case

  1. 1. LYING SKANK OF THE YEAR: NORMAHERNANDEZ NORMA HERNANDEZ KNEW ALL ALONG HER BROTHER KILLED ETAN PATZNYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly noted that Pedro Hernandez had confided in familymembers as far back as 1981 that he had "done a bad thing and killed a child" in NewYork City. Hernandez repeated the claim to others in his family over the years, thoughhe never identified his victim, Kelly said. Pedro also told his relatives he disposed of thechild’s body in a dumpster and that the child was six years old. Hernandez’s relativescould have easily put two and two together. Here is what they knew:1. Pedro had started working at his sister Luz Santana’s husband Luis’s Bodega inManhattan and living with his sister Luz in a nearby apartment starting in April 1979.2. In May 1979 a six year old boy disappeared from Manhattan a few hundred feet fromthe Bodega where Pedro worked. It was in all the newspapers and on TV in Spanish
  2. 2. and English. Part of Pedro’s job was to put the Bodega’s trash in a dumpster suppliedby a commercial garbage hauler.3. Pedro returned to Camden in July 1979 and moved in with his mother a month afterthe disappearance.4. Pedro told his entire family along with a church group 1 that he killed a six year old boyin New York City and disposed of his body in a dumpster. If the Bodega Pedro was working at was unknown to the family or was located far away from the crime scene or the time he was working there was after the murder or before rather than during or was unknown to them they might have been in the dark but this was not the case. The family must have at least suspected the child was Etan Patz. This was a closely guarded family secret until Jose Lopez, Hernandez’s brother-in-law called the NYPDs missing persons department in May 2012 and said that Pedro Hernandez told relatives anda spiritual advisor that he killed a boy, but never gave a name.Based on Mr. Lopez’s tip the police questioned Pedro Hernandez and he confessed.The possibility exists that if he told this to the church group he told his family the samestory, only he named the six year old he murdered.THE HERNANDEZ FAMILY LIED TO COVER THEIR ASSESThe Daily Beast reported: Relatives of Pedro Hernandez first contacted police not long after Patz vanished from his New York City neighborhood on May 25, 1979, according to the source [has to be a relative]. The relatives are said to have told police after Patz’s disappearance that Hernandez, who worked in a nearby store, had admitted to them that he killed the 6-year-old boy. Detectives interviewed Hernandez at that time, the source says, and he confessed to the crime. But the detectives deemed this first confession to be “the raving of a lunatic,” in part because he told them that he had put the body in a box and stashed it someplace only for it to disappear. “They didn’t believe him,” the source says. “You can’t just leave a dead kid out in the street and nobody reports it.”Pedro’s name appears on a police report about the bodega but he was neverinterviewed even though he lived in the neighborhood and moved about a month later
  3. 3. when his departure would not arouse suspicion. He probably left on the advice of hisfamily who were involved in the cover up.Norma Hernandez is probably the source for the above as she said she told Camdenpolice about the disclosure in the early 1980s. The Camden police would have broughtthis to the attention of NYPD. She said the officer wrote down her statement in a littlenotebook. Camden Police records do not go back that far. All we have is her word. Shedidnt say whether she filed a police report because the skank never filed a policereport. "I just feel angry that people who heard the confession didnt do anything," thelying lady said. Hernandez said she has spoken with New York Police Departmentinvestigators recently about her report to Camden police and other matters regardingher brother.The reports of Pedro confessing to the police and Norma’s alleged conversation withthe Camden police are contrived by the family to cover their asses as they knew allalong who did it but did not say a thing. Assuming Pedro did not fully confess, if thefamily was serious about making a police report they would have supplied police with allthe details which were known to them: My brother Pedro said he killed a six year old boy in New York City. I have heard of the famous case of Etan Patz a six year old boy who disappeared in New York City. I do not believe it is a coincidence that my brother worked at the family Bodega a few blocks from where Patz was last seen. He worked there during the time this happened and left shortly thereafter. I think Pedro Hernandez killed Etan Paz. A report like that would not get lost in the shuffle. More BS from the family: Hernandezs sister Lucy Suarez said that her brother long ago told relatives that he had hurt a child. But he was never specific. "He didnt say, I killed somebody," she said. "My conclusion was that it was a hit-and-run, or he hit someone with a bike. Nothing like a murder." Lucy was the only family member who didn’t hear the part about stuffing the body in a garbage can. Hernandez’s wife and daughter (seen on the right) had no idea that Pedro was scum. I really feel sorry for those two women for what that psychopath put themthrough. Margarita Lopez, another sister shared the family secret with her husband whofinally went to the police. This man deserves the reward that was offered for info.
  4. 4. CLOSET CASEWhy kill a six year old out of the blue? All of a freakin’ sudden he decides, I am going tomurder someone today? “I killed a man in Reno just to watch him die?” According to astory in the New York Post Pedro Hernandez knew intimate details about the killing ofEtan Patz that were withheld for decades just for such an occasion as this. They saidthe closely-held details likely related to Etans body -- scars, birth marks, moles or otheridentifying characteristics -- items he wore or had when he disappeared or knowledgethe killer gleaned about Etans family before the killing. The key word here is: Intimate:Of or involved in a sexual relationship. If these intimate details prove to be the result ofHernandez having undressed Etan for a sexual encounter then Hernandez’s motive forthe murder becomes clear. He raped Etan in the basement of the bodega then killedhim to cover up the crime. He is ashamed to admit he is a homosexual child rapistrather than an impulse killer. Hernandez said he strangled the boy immediately andthere was no sexual abuse so how would he know about birthmarks or family details? Itwould have to be clothing or possessions. One clue is that he has not been chargedwith sexual assault. The possibility exists he was going orally or anally sodomize Etanbut changed his mind at the last minute and killed him to cover up his having undressedhim.Pedro moved back to New Jersey after the murder and he wed his first wife, Daisy. Hemay have done so to convince himself he was not a queer. The pair divorced after threeyears and Hernandez moved back to New York where his sister Luz took him in andgave him back his old job at the Bodega. Sometime in the 1980s, he returned to NewJersey and married his second wife, Rosemary, who he’s been with for about 26 years.He had a history of heterosexual relationships and he is not being charged with a sexcrime:
  5. 5. Who knows what his motive was? Pedro came to New York in 1973 from Puerto Rico.He had been raised in a Catholic family with 11 others kids. His father was disabled.His mother cleaned a doctors office. Pedro the seventh child attended Woodrow WilsonHigh. Pedro claimed that Etan reminded him of a nephew he hated and that was why hekilled him although Etan did not look in the least Hispanic. Not much of a motive.Whatever his motive might be evidence suggests Pedro planned this rape and murder.THIS EVENT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN SPONTANEOUSPolice say that Pedro Hernandez was working as a stock boy at a bodega on 448 WestBroadway and Prince St. in Manhattan when out of the blue he spotted 6 year old EtanPatz and spontaneously lured him into the basement of the store with the promise of anice cold soda. Why did he trust Pedro? When his parents let him go to the bus stop onhis own didn’t they warn him about strangers? SOHO is not far from Greenwich Village.Etan’s mother said he had a dollar with him to buy a soda along the way so why go offwith this man? How did Hernandez know the child wanted a soda? Had he suppliedEtan with sodas in the past? Had he watched Etan in the past when Etan was in theBodega?Hernandez led Patz down into the basement of the bodega that had a separateentrance accessible through folding metal doors on the sidewalk. It would have had tohave been on the Prince Street side. The photos show only the West Broadway side.Patz never went into the Bodega. He went to the Prince Street side and down cementstairs to the basement. He could have been seen doing this by those in the store asthere was a window on the Prince Street side right over the basement entrance. Onlythose walking or driving on Prince Street and people coming in and out of the store who
  6. 6. turned on to Prince and headed North could see Etan descend the stairs. But no onereported seeing him in the vicinity of the Bodega or going down the stairs to his doom. Why not go into the Bodega for the soda rather than the cellar? Why go down in the cellar with someone you just met, the proverbial stranger who offers you candy, a much older boy. The answer is either that Etan was a trusting child or that he had been in the basement before and he thought it was safe to go there again. He was conned by a psychopath because Patz went down into the cellar voluntarily and did not scream for help. There was no report of a screaming kid or anyone seeing Hernandez, a Hispanic, accompanying a white kid into the basement given by passersby’s. Then there werethe customers walking in and out of the place. No reports of having seen anyone go intothe basement with a little boy.What about the other workers in the bodega? They were the most likely to haveobserved him that day. But he was part of the family that owned the bodega and manyof the other employees were family. Pedro had only recently started working there as astock boy. Why didn’t anyone reason “We hire Pedro and a kid disappears!” One ofthem could have come out and seen him go down to the basement with Etan. Anothercousin could have gone down to basement to get Pedro to tell him something. Theentire crew had to be there for the breakfast rush as the place was a takeout sandwichand breakfast joint. Were they in the “invisible city where no one sees nothing” as JakobDylan sang. Were they afraid to say anything to the police because it would bringdisgrace on the place and they might lose their jobs and the Bodega? The family wouldbe ruined. The workers were questioned by detectives and did not report anythingsuspicious had occurred.
  7. 7. THE GARBAGE BAG Reports based on Pedro’s confession state that as soon as he got Etan to the basement he strangled him then put his body in a garbage bag then sealed the garbage bag and put it in a box. There is no way that a kid weighing 50 pounds and being 40 inches in height (from the MISSING PERSONS poster) would fit into the average 1.1. mil garbage 33 gallon bag. (Size: 33" x 39" x 1.1 mm thick) without it rupturing. If Pedro folded the body the width wouldstill be 7 inches wider than the bag. How was Pedro going to seal the bag with a tie?This murderer had a large industrial size garbage bag on hand to put the corpse in, avirtual body bag. This would not raise suspicion as Pedro was in charge of the trash. Hemight have used this bag in the course of his work or he might have brought it inespecially for this purpose. The cardboard box had to be strong enough to hold fiftypounds and long enough and wide enough to fit the dead body in it! Then he had to tiethe box shut with twine so that it would not open. What if he did not have the right sizebox on hand? He had all this stuff on hand, boxes, twine etc. because this was a pre-meditated crime. He probably had a handcart in the basement too. Or a family membersupplied him with the stuff.Pedro waited until late at night to leave the Bodega’s basement carrying a large box andhead over one short block from West Broadway and Prince to an alley on ThompsonStreet and Prince. The New York Post reported: Pedro Hernandez revealed to authorities that after killing the child May 25, 1979, “he put him in the walk-in freezer box and kept him there until he took him out and put him in the garbage,” a law-enforcement source said. It’s unclear how long Hernandez kept the boy’s body hidden in the basement fridge at his family’s SOHO bodega, where he worked as a stock boy, after killing him. Etan’s body had been stuffed in a plastic bag and then put into a box before being stowed in the walk-in, sources said. But the grisly package remained there until the coast was clear and Hernandez could sneak it out to the street that night. He told cops he wound up carrying the box to an alley down the block and dumping it in other garbage that was later hauled off by a trash truck either commercial or NYC Department of Sanitation. Hernandez said he had no idea what happened to the box after he dumped it.First of all how many employees had access to that walk in freezer? Did one of themcome in and see the box only to find it was missing the next morning? The employee
  8. 8. would think Pedro was looting the place. Why didn’t any customers coming out andturning on to Prince Street walking north see him with the box? Why didn’t anypedestrians or drivers on Prince Street see him along the way? Because SOHO waspretty desolate at night at it was a short distance and there was nothing suspiciousabout what he was doing. Why didn’t any of his cousins at the Bodega see him leavingthat night carrying a box? They were there. Pedro came in early that morning andstayed late that night working at least a 12 hour shift on the day of the disappearanceleaving after dark at the earliest 8PM. Why wasn’t this reported when the copsquestioned the Bodega crew? When he came back that night to his sister’s apartmenthe had to be totally freaked out about what had happened that afternoon. It is hard forme to believe no one in the family picked up on it or wondered why he had worked sucha long shift the day that little kid disappeared.This is more evidence that Patz’s murder was pre-meditated. Pedro admittedknowing about the alley where he dumped the body prior to the event. When hepassed it he must have thought that it was a good place to dump a body. Heplanned this in advance and did not kill Patz on the spot.The Daily News: "Pedro Hernandez claims he then stuffed the 6-year-old boy’sbody in a bag, then placed that in a box and took it to a hiding place, the sourcessaid. Hernandez, 57, said when he returned two days later to collect the box — itwas gone, the sources said." NY Times: "The man, Pedro Hernandez, toldinvestigators that he had left the box at a location in Manhattan, but when hereturned several days later the box was no longer there."
  9. 9. Pedro was coming back on Sunday to make sure it had been picked up Fridaynight or Saturday morning before the news of Patz’s disappearance broke. Thebox would not have drawn suspicion from the garbage men until news of Etanbeing missing spread. Then they would have asked “What is in there, lead or thatmissing kid?” Remember there would be no trash pickup on Memorial Day so ithad to get done on Friday or Saturday. Patz was missing since 8 AM Friday May25, 1979 and his body was dumped that night. The search started that night andgot more serious on the afternoon of Saturday May 26. The first NYT articleabout it was dated Sunday May 27, 1979. His body had been picked up beforethe story broke.John Saracco whose father Charles owned the property at the time saidinvestigators scoured the building’s basement, and every other building in thearea, after the boy disappeared. “They searched all the buildings around there,”he said. “That building was definitely one of the ones that was searched. If (thebody) was there they would have found it.” It was gone.NO GARBOLOGYThe major flaw in the Patz investigation was that the garbological methold wasnot applied. The kid had a limited perimeter. The first step would be to questionthe sanitation men about suspicious garbage. If something suspicious came upconduct a search. No search of any dump was ever done in search of Etan’sremains. There were no Sanitation Department records prior to 1989 so Etan’sbody will probably never be found. The detectives are going to try to findcommercial hauler’s records. It would be ironic if Etan’s body was hauled awayby the mob.1 The New York Times reported Hernandez had confessed during a pray er meeting in the early 1980s tokilling the boy. The former leader of the prayer group, which was held in a Roman Catholic Church inCamden, stated that Hernandez s aid in front of the meetings attendees that he had strangled a boy andleft his body in the trash. " He confessed t o the group," said Tomas Rivera, who often led the meetings atSt. Anthony of Padua and was present during the admission. Rivera said he did not tell the police at thetime "because he did not confess to me." But Rivera did not know any more.