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The Etan Patz Case

After 18 days of deliberation, a Manhattan jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked in the case involving a boy who went missing in 1979. More »

News organizations ask New York appellate court to force judge to unseal hearings on evidence and jurors in famous missing child case. More »

Pedro Hernandez’s attorneys had argued that his interrogation was handled improperly and that he did not have the mental capacity to waive his rights against self-incrimination. More »

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. More »

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Lawyers Formally Ask That Guilty Verdict Be Set Aside in Etan Patz Murder Case

Lawyers for the man convicted in the killing of a 6-year-old Manhattan boy who went missing in 1979 have filed a motion asking the judge in the case to set aside the guilty verdict because of jury contamination.

Did Jury in Etan Patz Murder Case Receive Improper Information?

Lawyers for man convicted in case of notorious missing boy to seek hearing on report of jury contamination.

Using Prisoner Phone Calls to Convict? NY’s Highest Court Puts Critical Question on Hold

In April, the state’s Court of Appeals expressed uncertainty about using recorded jail calls against the accused. Now the issue has arisen in the Etan Patz murder case.

Scene from ‘Making a Murderer’ Echoes in Etan Patz Case

Inflammatory pre-trial publicity was an issue in the Netflix series, and now a defense lawyer wants to make it an issue in New York’s famous missing child case.

Juror and Former Officer Raise Doubt About Patz Prosecution

On a question that worried a juror in the Etan Patz murder case, a former cop offers his view.

Jury Can’t Reach Verdict in Patz Murder Case

After 18 days of deliberation, a Manhattan jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked in case involving boy who went missing in 1979.

Decades Later, a Routine Police Record Hangs Over Patz Murder Trial

The prosecution says Pedro Hernandez fled New York after killing Etan Patz. A detectives report from 1979 suggests that might not be so.

Newly Discovered Evidence is Latest Surprise in Patz Case

Defense lawyers question whether mistrial is warranted after lost evidence surfaces in case of missing boy.

In Complicated Patz Case, Informant Could Testify About Suspect Not on Trial

The defense in the Patz murder trial will argue another man is more likelier the killer of the young boy. Jack Colbert might help make that case.

True or False, the Power of Confessions is Great

The Etan Patz murder trial is the latest test case for measuring the power of a confession, whether or not it's actually true.

Can You Judge Etan Patz’s Accused Killer Fairly? Here Are 109 Questions to Start

Potential jurors in the controversial missing-child case have to disclose mental health and drug histories.

Confession Ruled Admissible in Etan Patz Case

Pedro Hernandez's attorneys had argued that his interrogation was handled improperly and that he did not have the mental capacity to waive his rights against self-incrimination.

How Detectives Coaxed Suspect in Etan Patz Murder to Confess

Pedro Hernandez, a man with an IQ of 70 and history of mental illness, confessed to strangling a 6-year-old boy after investigators appealed to his religious faith.

Confession of Etan Patz’s Accused Killer Finally Aired in Court

Pedro Hernandez confessed two years ago to killing the 6-year-old. Now a judge will decide whether it's admissible.

In Etan Patz Case, The Verdict Is…

Nearly two years after Pedro Hernandez was arrested for murdering Etan Patz, he has yet to have an essential hearing on whether the central evidence against him is even admissible.

Are You Etan Patz?

Even with a suspect awaiting trial for the murder of Etan Patz, the FBI last month still chased down a tip that America’s most famous missing child was still alive.

Podcast: The Etan Patz Case

ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien and Steve Engelberg discuss the dubious case against Pedro Hernandez in the high-profile disappearance of Etan Patz in 1979.

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