NEW YORK, NY – Jails around the world are full of people all claiming their innocence. 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez is no different.
Hernandez, accused of pulling off one of the most notorious child abductions in history, pleaded not guilty even though New York police say he confessed to them and his family. Etan Patz was 6-years-old when he went missing in Manhattan back in 1979.
Back then, Pedro Hernandez was just an 18-year-old teen working as a bodega clerk in Soho. Etan would have walked right past Hernandez’s work station the day he went missing more than 30 years ago. Police never found much of anything and only came across Hernandez after his own family turned him in earlier this year, claiming he admitted to harming a child. Police say after arresting Hernandez he confessed to killing the boy in two separate videotaped confessions.
Now facing murder charges, Hernandez as changed his tune, claiming he’s mentally ill and only confessed after hours of improper questioning.
Back in 1979 a confession would have sealed Hernandez’s fate. Today it’s all about DNA and forensics, two things the prosecution doesn’t have.
Let’s hope if nothing else, karma is on their side.