Etan Patz, Confession, and Mental Illness

Monday, December 23, 2013

NYPD investigate a former Soho bodega where Etan Patz was allegedly killed in 1979. NYPD investigate a former Soho bodega where Etan Patz was allegedly killed in 1979. (Annmarie Fertoli/WNYC)

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.


Robert Lewis and Joaquin Sapien
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Comments [2]


Upside down law enforcement. Collect everything on everyone with no evidence of a crime, but once charged, the collection of information is willfully stopped.

Dec. 23 2013 11:23 AM

The UK & Commonwealth systems of videotaping all participants in interrogations is superior to audio tape.

All PD, FBI, etc. interrogations should be videotaped and maintained as part of the physical evidence and archived with all paper & trial transcripts.

Dec. 23 2013 11:00 AM

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