In the U.S. the killer six year old boy was convicted nearly 40 years after the crime. On Tuesday, February 14, writes The New York Times.
The jury in the Supreme court of the state of new York found 56-year-old Pedro Hernandez is guilty of kidnapping and murder. According to the investigation, Ethan Putz disappeared may 25, 1979 in the city of new York, on the way from school bus stop to home. His body was never found.
The jury agreed with the prosecution that Hernandez, who was then working in the warehouse at the store, lured the boy into the basement of the commercial establishments and strangled. The prosecution had only the confession of the accused, direct evidence proving his guilt, he was not.
However, there is recorded on video the story of Hernandez about how he met the boy near the shop and asked him if he wanted the soda. Then the man took Ethan down the stairs to the basement and there began to choke. The defendant also claimed that he put the victim’s body first in a plastic bag, and that, in turn — in box that had been left near the dumpster. Thus, according to Arnarnes, he believed that the child was still alive.
Lawyers tried to prove that their client suffers from personality disorder and can not distinguish the difference between fantasy and reality, so his statements cannot be accepted by the court. The defense also insisted that the killing of Patna could convicted for pedophilia, a former friend of the woman he had hired to take him to school and meet after school. However, this version is not supported by the investigation.
Pedro Hernandez faces a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.
Ethan Putz became the most famous missing child in the United States. His case was so resonant that led to changes in legislation and the emergence of new methods for the search for disappeared children. A number of historians and psychologists also believes that it has had a significant impact on methods of education used by future generations of Americans. Children become afraid to leave home alone and alone to go to school.