On a spring day in New York City, six-year-old Etan Patz vanished while on his route to school. It was a shocking turn of events, and for the next three decades, the young boy’s disappearance remained one of America’s most enduring mysteries. Then, 33 years later, a man made a startling confession – so would the truth finally be revealed?
Etan was born on October 9, 1972, and lived with his parents, Julie and Stanley, in SoHo, a neighborhood of Manhattan. He was the middle of three children, with an older sister, Shira, and a brother, Ari. At the time, SoHo was a somewhat rundown area with a large artistic community. But to the Patzes, it was home.
Indeed, at the start of the 1970s, Julie had established a daycare center in the loft of her apartment. And on the morning of May 25, 1979, she was preparing to welcome her charges for the day. Meanwhile, Etan – a trusting child – was attempting to assert his independence.