- Last Updated: 8:02 AM, May 27, 2012
- Posted: 12:58 AM, May 27, 2012
If Pedro Hernandez really did kill Etan Patz, the accused murderer likely had other victims over the past 33 years, former NYPD Commissioner Robert J. McGuire told The Post.
“If you have that uncontrollable urge towards children, you do that more than once in your life. You are not a happily married guy who is a member of a Pentecostal church,” said McGuire — the top cop when Etan disappeared in 1979.
“I have done a fair amount of investigation of these types of cases, and I don’t remember [any] case of one person who acted out just once. The urge may be unforgivable, but it’s also uncontrollable.”
McGuire is shocked Hernandez has never emerged as a suspect in any subsequent pedophile-related investigations and has trouble believing the alleged killer is a happily married member of a church.
“The confusing thing about pedophilia or child attacks is that you tend not to do that once in your life,” he insisted.
Police have no record of Hernandez being linked to the three-decade-long investigation. McGuire said the city’s budget crisis at the time of the murder caused the NYPD to operate with drastically reduced manpower but maintained that it never impacted the investigation.
“It’s 33 years ago, but one person said to me, ‘Did you guys, because you had resource constraints, give short shrift to the case?’ I can say that this is one thing we categorically did not do — although we were resource-constrained,” he said.