The wife of the man who said he strangled Etan Patz is claiming the NYPD repeatedly questioned her as they struggled to back up her husband’s confession.New Jersey resident Pedro Hernandez confessed last month to strangling the 6-year-old boy in 1979. He also told police he wrapped Patz’s body in a bag, put it in a box, and left the box at an undisclosed location.
Rosemary Hernandez, speaking through her attorney Robert Gottlieb, told the New York Daily News she was “repeatedly pursued by the NYPD detectives trying to get her to corroborate her husband’s claims.”
“Rosemary feels that the police have harassed her, even though she cooperated fully with them when her husband was arrested,” Gottlieb told the Daily News.
Rosemary Hernandez also cast doubt on her husband’s confession, saying Pedro Hernandez has suffered from delusions for years.
“He has suffered from delusions and other mental illnesses for many years,” Gottlieb told the Daily News.
Rosemary Hernandez’s revelations only strengthen insiders’ doubts that police have arrested the wrong man. Stanley Patz, Etan’s father, has believed for years that a Pennsylvania inmate was responsible for his son’s death.
And without a body, police have very little physical evidence with which to corroborate Pedro Hernandez’s confession.
Years ago Pedro Hernandez told relatives he killed an unnamed boy in New York City.
And he tried to confess to police the year Patz disappeared but police dismissed his confession because they thought he was crazy.
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