- Last Updated: 12:09 AM, June 1, 2012
- Posted: 10:22 PM, May 31, 2012
The Issue: Pedro Hernandez’s confession to having killed 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979.
Pedro Hernandez got to live 30-plus years doing all the things Etan Patz never got a chance to do, like travel, date, get married, buy a house and raise kids (“Etan ‘Killer’ Returned to Bodega,” May 30).
Shame on him and shame on all the people he told and who kept quiet.
Rest in peace now, Etan.
My heart goes out to the Patz family, who may finally achieve closure.
However, my heart also goes out to the many minority families who, overwhelmingly, would stand no chance of having a similar crime solved, especially after 30 years.
This is a prime example as to why the minority community can never fully trust and embrace white America. Yet again, it seems that the right color or connections will provide better results.
Let’s try to solve all similar cold cases, especially those in the inner cities.
I was assigned to the Neighborhood Stabilization Unit II for Manhattan South. I worked a 6- p.m.-to-2 a.m. shift the night of Patz’s disappearance, and we were mobilized to do a canvass of the neighborhood with a large group of detectives.
We searched block after block, and if there was a box in the area, it would have been opened. We walked in open fields in the pouring rain the next day looking for Etan. We checked rooftops, basements, backyards, elevator pits and trash bins.
We were young cops with families and knew the hurt of a missing child. The cops were there to help, no matter what.
They did not care about race, creed or religion, they just wanted to find little Etan Patz.
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