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The Etan Patz Case

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ailsa Chang, WNYC reporter, and Lisa Cohen, journalist and author of the book, After Etan: The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive, discuss the latest in the renewed efforts to find out what happened to Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago.

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Comments [13]

saavy from Soho

This is nonsensical speculation on everyone's part. The police were all over the neighborhood then, they were in my apartment looking under the bed practically and yet here was a building with a newly bricked over basement and they did not check that? What is missing here? Where did this new tip come from?

Apr. 21 2012 07:07 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

I have to agree, the first caller was reading way too much into things. $1.00 was NOt an "exorbitant" amount of money back then...unless you don't know the meaning of the word. A little bit of exaggeration there.

Apr. 20 2012 04:51 PM

It's so difficult, when you're a parent, to know when to let go and when
to hold on, especially when your kid, just wants a little independence.
I always thought, that 6 years old was too early, even if it was just two
blocks.
Regrets there are always many, but none of them will bring back little Etan Patz.
All we can do is mourn the terrible tragedy of such a lovely little boy,
being snatched away, by someone that should have never been in his world.
All these years later and I still feel that sense of tragedy when it comes
to Etan Patz.
I always hoped that he would be restored to his family safe and sound.

Apr. 20 2012 01:59 PM
kevin from upper LS

the first caller amy, is simply reading way too much into things. a dollar vs 50 cents, you're kidding,right??

Apr. 20 2012 01:31 PM
kevin from upper LS

olivia- angela, perhaps did not state it, in the most sensitive or diplomatic manner,but, the essence of what she said is true. so i ask you olivia,what's wrong with you?

Apr. 20 2012 01:19 PM
Olivia

Angela - was it REALLY necessary to write that? What's wrong with you?

Apr. 20 2012 11:30 AM

I grew up on the lower east side on Ave. D & 6th St and I totally remember this case, it was in the media big time.
However, I don't believe this is the first time a child ever went missing in NYC, and many people of color at the time couldn't help feeling that part of the onslaught of attention was due to the fact that (surprise) Etan was a cute little white boy. I do not want to down play the horror of losing a child, but my neighborhood was considered dangerous yet I wandered all over this city growing up, all 5 boros. Things happen to children always.

Apr. 20 2012 10:36 AM
Capper from NYC

We did not get a call from our 7 year old daughter's school in Queens when she stayed home sick.

Is this required?

Apr. 20 2012 10:26 AM
AJ from Brooklyn

I lived on at the corner of Prince St and W. B'way when Etan disappeared. At the time, the area was like an extension of Little Italy and there was very little crime.

Apr. 20 2012 10:23 AM

One thing to note about New York circa 1979 — rates for violent crimes generally were much much higher in the late 70s and through the 80s.

Apr. 20 2012 10:22 AM
andy from manhattan

while i am certainly empathetic to the family, i can't help but mourn this case's media prevalence in its day. the world has never been particularly dangerous, and didn't become more so when this boy disappeared. but childhood as it did before this case did.

this seems to have been the start of control and micromanage the world which in which our children live and play. it is sad that generations of children have suffered a smaller world to explore since.

Apr. 20 2012 10:19 AM
jackie

Etan is a hero, and so are all the investigators and cops. All the suspects are terrorists, and anyone who criticizes a hero is a terrorist. I will be out laying flowers for Etan everywhere because he is a hero. God bless our heroes. God bless the troops. And remember 9/11. God bless the - just God bless everything.

Apr. 20 2012 10:15 AM

Let's remember that 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky was abducted, brutalized, and killed just last July. It's depressing to see how protective parents _have_ to be still, today. Walk past a public playground in the city, and you can probably spot a sign saying that _no_ unaccompanied adults are allowed — for good, and deeply depressing, reasons.

Apr. 20 2012 10:13 AM

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