April 7, 2015
Why would an alleged killer confessed of a crime in which he was not a suspect at the time and chances are he would have never been prosecuted even if suspicions fell on him again.
This is the case of a Manhattan Child of 6 yrs old Ethan Patz. This man superintendent or assistant at the time of the building where the Patz family lived. He was briefly interviewed and discounted for reasons of bad detective work. You would think that a child missing on the way to the school bus which stopped just by the building on the other side of the street. You expect that the police would sweep all the people that lived there. Interviewed and see if at anytime Ethan had been seen with anyone at all. May be someone saw him with this man who had kind of made if not friends but acquaintance to the young child. A smile here, good morning there, a soda or candy here an d there. May be someone saw them together. But even just supposing that no one saw them, still is so disheartening that they talked to the alleged killer even though he was an adult leaving or at least working so close to the boy they you would think they looked at this background. He was Dominican. Well send a cop to his neighborhood back in his old neighborhood before he came to NYC, he was a grown man when he emigrated fro the Caribbean Island to see if ever a boy would have disappeared around Pedro.
I am just pointing out a couple of scenarios that the detectives could have done but never did, but there is so much more on the tool box of investigators looking for a missing child. Now that we look at this whole case again from beginning to end we can see what was done wrong. Quarter backing after the game? Yes its done all the time to review how things have gone wrong and how they could be improved. We still, have little boys and girls disappearing all the time. A lot of it is blamed to some oriental or Russian ring of people that steal boys to grow them as sex slaves and hookers. Does it really happen? yes, we have learn that this does happen and now with the internet it happens more frequently but we also get to know it faster and are able to spread the news faster.
Second part of this equation is why would this man confess? If you have ever been involved with religions particularly the Evangelical movement. As strict as they seem to be about gays in telling other people what kind of lives they should have from the bed to the job they should have. My minister was opposed for me to become a policeman even though I had qualified with the written, physical, oral for translator, when I asked him he said cops carry guns! They(church pastors, deacons.) are pretty easy going once someone converts. Now they are their property if they seem to be following the rules. According to their believes they live so others can be converted and saved.
They believed that they will get rewarded on the other side according to the converts that you have made. Just like almost if you had quarters to meet. Christian religions have never believed that everyone is equal and if you look what whey their founding fathers are you will see the king, queen or pope. People with all the power all the money and a good army to get taxes and be able to take others money in the process of conversion. What is the point? Conversion. It has a tremendous impact and carries a lot of weight when somebody says in church in the presence of others as witness that they have sinned and they have slept with the pastors’s wife. I am using the pastor’s wife because that is one sin I never heard someone confessing to. It usually was, is with drinking or going gambling or smacking the wife. Those I have personally witness my share of times.
|Ethan parents used to watch him from him take the school bus from here|
Now you have a man Pedro Hernandez who killed this boy and even though he probably thought he would get caught, what a surprised how easy the whole thing turned out be. That even gave him more time to be thinking about what he had done. At a time that he was surrounded by his sister and religious members of her church and feeling safe in their mist and being told that JC will pardon any sin, the only sins for which there is no forgiveness is making fun of the wholly ghost and you can always say you didn’t mean it and that of taking your own life. Funny you could blow up a whole school of children and find forgiveness but not if you kill your self or make fun of something no one has ever sin because is a ghost. Of coarse for any word that describes anything from a space alien to to a ghost or the face of JC on a doughnut, you will find witnesses that will swear on their bible’s or yours that indeed they have seen it. Be that as it may you get my point.
In this type of congregation which usually every night they ask for people to come and confess or accept JC as their god. In prayer meetings or everything they do. It’s like they were all editors for a trashy magazine and they are desperately looking for the dirt on everyone so of coarse they’ll forgiven.
Pedro is feeling depress, he is down, he is not drinking, not allowed. So he has no other means to live his past. He put the murder of young boy on the side trying desperately to buried like he did with garbage bags. Now the metal is really hitting the asphalt and the noise in his head most’ve been deafening. On that particular environment of feeling guilty but safe; he thought there is no way that what he told this group was going to be leaked out. I am convinced that if he knew he was going to pay for this crime he was never going to confess for it. The whole idea was to be pardon and not have to pay for it. Go with the saints when they go marching in all dressed in white with all sins forgiven to meet his savior. What would he tell his savior. It’s a tough spot to be in a religion that says you will meet god one day but you have the murder of a child on your Angel- rap sheet.
How ever this was too much for someone very close to him and someone who has always taken him after he fell from the arms of the lord and went drinking or disappeared for a while and did not go to church. His sister that was the closest person to him had a better conscious than Pedro ever did. Pedro believed in getting away with things. Wether it was not finishing school in Santo Domingo and trying to beat his neighbors to a better life he came here. Not to study or work and save for a business and better life. No he worked to spend and sustenance, his job kept him close to what he was, the garbage that you discard. Had no wife or kids because no one would have him; particularly with his sexual quirks of liking boys. The earlier the better because they are more trusting and can fight the less. It did not take much to strangled this boy and hiding the lifeless corpse with the garbage bags. From there it was easy to have the sanitation department pick this little lifeless body and take to a dump.
Thanks to his sister for opening her mouth which she probably repented after all the commotion, TV cameras and questioning to make sure she had nothing to do with this killing; Still she did a brave thing.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher of this blog and ex seminary student (graduated 3 yrs. 3rd honor at 18)
Pedro Hernandez freely confessed during a prayer meeting to the 1979 kidnapping and killing of Etan Patz because it allowed him to feel forgiveness without having to face legal consequences, a forensic psychiatrist testified Thursday.
"He felt relief. He felt forgiveness . . . he felt he did not have to go to the police," Dr. Michael Welner testified at Hernandez's murder trial in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Witnesses from a New Jersey religious group testified earlier in the trial that Hernandez told them he had killed a boy.
Those statements, as well as one videotaped statement Hernandez made to police and one he made to prosecutors, constitute the bulk of the prosecution case against Hernandez, now 54, of Maple Shade, New Jersey.
Welner was called as a rebuttal witness by the prosecution to counter a defense contention that Hernandez had a low IQ and suffered from mental impairment that led him to make a false confession.
|Red building in Corner Ethan’s home|
Etan was last seen on the morning of May 25, 1979, as he went to catch a school bus in SoHo. Hernandez told police in 2012 that while he was a teen working at a SoHo bodega, he lured the boy into the store basement and strangled him. The boy's body has never been found.
Hernandez was questioned by police in 2012 based on a tip. He first confessed at the end of a lengthy NYPD interrogation, then gave a third videotaped statement, lasting three hours with two rest breaks.
Welner interviewed Hernandez for 18 hours over four days in February and March of 2014, and snippets of those were played for the jury Thursday over the objections of defense attorney Harvey Feishbein, who said prosecutors were trying a "backdoor" move to introduce "garbage" about the defendant's cocaine and alcohol abuse.
In one of those clips, Hernandez again says that he strangled Etan, but said the youngster was still moving when he carried him out in a sack and dumped him in an alley about a block-and-a-half away.
He said he returned to the alley the next morning because "I wanted to see if he was dead," but there was nothing in the alley.
He said he thought someone had found Etan "alive and took him somewhere else."
At another point, he told the psychiatrist that Etan "might be alive somewhere . . . I don't know."
Welner said he questioned Hernandez repeatedly about why he had strangled Etan but he never got an answer. "He didn't resolve those questions in our interview," the psychiatrist said.
Welner is expected to face cross-examination when the trial resumes Monday 4/6/2015 before Judge Maxwell Wiley.
By WILLIAM MURPHY / NEWSDAY
September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey man accused of the murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 calmly confessed on a videotape played in court on Monday to choking the boy and stuffing him alive in a garbage bag he tossed in an alley.
A Manhattan judge will decide whether the confession taped by police in 2012 will be allowed as evidence against Pedro Hernandez, who is accused of kidnap and murder.
Patz disappeared on his way to school on May 25, 1979, near his home in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. It was the first time he had been allowed to walk alone to a school bus stop.
The search for the boy gripped the city. Patz was one of the first children pictured on the side of milk cartons as part of an appeal for information on missing children.
Hernandez's defense attorney argues his client does not understand his legal rights. The attorney, Harvey Fishbein, said Hernandez suffered from mental illness including hallucinations and was borderline mentally handicapped.
In the confession, Hernandez, 53, described luring the boy into a SoHo deli where he worked with the offer of a cold soda.
The tape was played in state Supreme Court before Justice Maxwell Wiley. It was the first time it had been shown in public.
Patz' parents were in court, although his mother left before the video was shown.
Hernandez said he took Patz to the basement and strangled him.
"I grabbed him by the neck and started to choke him. I was nervous, my legs were jumping and wanted to let go but I couldn't let go," Hernandez said. "It was like something took over me."
Hernandez said the boy fell to the floor and that he knew he was still alive because he was gasping and his legs were moving.
He said he put the boy in a garbage bag, which he put in a box and carried on his shoulder to an alley a couple blocks away.
He said he left the box in the alley and went back to work. When he returned the next day, he said the box was gone.
Patz's body was never found, but he was legally declared dead in 2001.
'WASN'T THINKING RIGHT'
On the videotape, Hernandez spoke softly and calmly without any apparent emotion.
"Mentally I was like, I feel bad and I don't feel bad. Half and half," he said. "I wasn't really thinking right at the time."
In court, clad in an orange jumpsuit, Hernandez also betrayed no feelings.
He offered differing recollections on the tape of what he had intended when he approached Patz on the sidewalk.
At one point, he indicated he did not have any violent intentions, but said later under police questioning: "My mind was already made up what I was going to do."
He told police he had been diagnosed with manic depression and schizophrenia.
His lawyer argued Hernandez was questioned for several hours before police read him his rights and made the videotape, which he said was filled with "the impossible" and "the highly improbable."
The hearing was set to resume on Tuesday and expected to take several weeks.
Police got a tip about Hernandez, who was living in Maple Shade, New Jersey, a month after authorities in April 2012 excavated the basement in another SoHo building, which failed to yield clues.
The tip said Hernandez told family members as far back as 1981 he had killed a child in New York, police said.
Photo: AP/Stanley Patz
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