Pedro Hernandez is in court today for the trial to determine whether or not he murdered Etan Patz over 33 years ago.
Even though he is pleading not guilty, he had already confessed to the murder a few months ago, but his lawyers claim that was due to his mental illness and is not valid.
"He was at work that morning, that he saw the boy at the bus stop, asked him if he would like a soda, led him to the basement of the bodega where he was employed, and for no apparent reason immediately choked the boy until the boy went limp. The defendant said he then placed the boy in a plastic bag, placed the bag in a cardboard box, and tossed the boy's book bag behind a freezer in the basement. He then carried the box to the entranceway of a basement approximately one-and-a-half blocks away, where he placed the box on the ground just inside the open entranceway. According to the video-recorded statement by Mr. Hernandez, when he left the box, Etan Patz was still alive."
This is so harrowing to read, and we're also not sure why Mr. Hernandez said he was sure that Patz was alive when he left him.
We believe that either this confession is a complete fabrication on Hernandez's part, or he absolutely was the cause for the loss of Patz's life.