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Etan Patz's mother describes that 1979 day when her son vanished
Etan Patz's mother describes that 1979 day when her son vanished

It is a slaying without a body, a crime without physical evidence, and an abduction without eyewitnesses, even though it occurred in broad daylight in Manhattan. But it was a different city and a different world in 1979, when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared. It was a world that Etan’s mother, Julie Patz, described in vivid detail Monday as she testified in the murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, whose confession is the best bet prosecutors have as they try to close a case that sparked a national movement to improve tracking of missing children. In today’s world, where true-crime TV shows like “Forensic Files” prove that decades-old crimes can be cracked with a...

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