(Photo: Patz Imaging)
6-year-old Etan Patz was last seen walking to his school bus stop in New York City, New York the morning of May 25, 1979. This was the first time his parents allowed him to walk to the bus stop alone. Etan has never been heard from again. He wasn't noticed as missing until he didn't make it home from school that day.
A known pedophile, Jose Antonio Ramos, has been the suspect in Etan's case for years. He dated the woman who walked Etan to school during a bus strike. He admitted to taking Etan to his apartment the day he disappeared, but said he let him go when Etan resisted him. Ramos was found liable for Etan's death in 2004.
Recently, focus has shifted to a new possible suspect, handyman Othniel Miller. Miller reportedly gave Etan $1 for doing handy work the day before he disappeared, and poured fresh concrete in his workshop soon after. The basement was dug up in 2012 in search of clues.
And just so *everyone* is clear....
Etan's parents are considered victims. They are most definitely NOT suspects.
END. OF. STORY.
I believe this article means that around the time Etan was abducted, Ramos was using toys to entice children to come to him/his home. Ramos was an adult, not the age of the boy and girl mentioned in the article.
Absolutely a very creepy picture in my mind - a pedophile luring children with toys.
Here's that Wall Street Journal piece again, a good short overview of the case past and present, in case someone just checks in here and missed the last couple pages of #1:
On Prince Street, the End of a Deep Dig Into Cold Case
Last edited by Salem; 04-24-2012 at 02:31 AM. Reason: FEEL FREE TO MOVE ON TO ANOTHER CASE THEN, THE FAMILY ARE CONSIDERED VICTIMS HERE
How about the image of that dollar bill Etan had visible as he left the apartment? Perhaps, it beckoned Etan to trust an adult who ultimately betrayed him. Grooming? Nothing points to Etan as having ever met Ramos.
Looks like the tabloids have dropped this one; don't see any blaring headlines so far.
However, that does not mean that you can't discuss them as they relate to the facts of the case.
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Last edited by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed; 04-24-2012 at 02:41 AM.
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more here: Etan dig comes up empty (NY Post)---
Julie Patz, Etan’s mom, occasionally looked out of her window down the street as the probe wrapped up, but had no comment.
Family friend Lisa Cohen, who wrote the book “After Etan” about the case in 2009, said the Patzes, sadly, were not surprised by the apparent dead end.
“[It’s] a shame, [but] they’ve been through it so many times before . . . There’s a list — pages, and pages — of these types of leads,” said Cohen, who spoke to the family yesterday
This is an interesting Post take on things, by a guy who grew up in NYC just prior to the Etan Patz disappearance:
Oh, for the days when kids could walk streets of city alone
more at the NY Post link above---
By 8, (....) I was going to school by myself (or with my three-years-older sister) on two city buses. By 9, my friends and I were taking the No. 1 train north to a skating rink on 238th Street in Riverdale.
It was all little different from what New York City kids had always done. My father, who grew up in a Brooklyn slum in the 1930s, had lived much the same way. This was what it meant to be a New Yorker.
I was born in 1961. In 1964, there were 3,200 felonies in the 24th Precinct, where I lived. By 1969, the number had risen 20 percent. By 1979, when Etan disappeared, the number was up another 20 percent.
The general reaction to this explosion of urban barbarism was a kind of shell-shocked acceptance. Everything had gone to hell, no one knew how to stop it, and so all one could do was live with it.
Then came Etan Patz, disappearing only steps from his own door on the way to school.
I have mixed emotions about Etan not being found there. While at least the parents would have known what happened, I can't imagine knowing that my child was under a basement in a building that I had probably walked past hundreds of times.
Evil don't look like anything...
Cleary this is a difficult crime to solve. If you keep looking at it the "same way" you will get the same results.
This case is 33 years old, and the parents were cleared decades ago. You're not necessarily going to find an online article saying that after this passage of time. Unless there is some new evidence or knowledge that points to the parents, they are victims and not suspects.
The niece of the new suspect in the Etan Patz disappearance has corroborated claims that he raped her when she was a child, law enforcement sources say.
The FBI searched in vain for the niece but early this week found her, and she corroborated the ex-wife’s allegation, the sources said.
SheWho explained it it all last night. WS is taking the stand that we are not going to sleuth the parents as they are victims.
Please don't bring it up again.
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ramos is getting out this november. now is a better time than ever for etan to be found!
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Evil don't look like anything...
Ok, that article answers one question... Why his sister didn't notice Etan wasn't at school. They went to different schools.
It also clearly and unambiguously states that the Patz' are NOT suspects. Not that most of us needed to read that.
Last edited by necco; 04-24-2012 at 11:14 AM. Reason: remove sister's name