In May 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz convinced his mother to let him walk to his school bus stop alone for the first time. He never made it home.
On Tuesday, a jury brought back a conviction for the decades-old murder.
It was a shocking case that cycled in and out of headlines for decades with all the elements of a TV drama: an early suspect who was a convicted child molester, a hard-charging prosecutor who kept the case in his sights over the years, and the latest defendant. That man, Pedro Hernandez, was nearly convicted in a 2015 trial, but a lone juror refused to convict then, citing questions about the defendant’s mental acuity. Patz’s father reportedly attended the latest trial every day.
Tuesday’s conviction is the latest chapter in a case that did a good amount to change the way children grow up in New York City and…
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