With a suspect in custody and a murder confession reportedly on tape, it would seem that the NYPD has finally solved the case of missing child Etan Patz.
But as Pro Publica reporter Joaquin Sapien discovered, the FBI might not agree that 52-year-old Pedro Hernandez is Patz’s killer. In ...
In May 2012, the NYPD finally brought resolution to the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz when it announced that Pedro Hernandez had confessed to his murder. That confession has now been called into question. WNYC investigative reporter Robert Lewis and ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien discuss why the NYPD's failure to record Hernandez's interrogation might complicate a guilty verdict.
Three decades after 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared, police suddenly had a suspect. Then they chose not to record his interrogation, a decision that could affect their case.
Joaquin Sapien talks about his ProPublica report that found that New York City prosecutors who withhold evidence, tolerate false testimony, or commit other abuses almost never see their careers damaged.