The Etan Patz case tipster turned out to be a woman. And what a woman she was, boasting the relationship of sister to the accused Pedro Hernandez.
And now Norma Hernandez appears to be getting the same cold shoulder she got back in the 1980s, when she says she tried to tell police about her brother's murder confession.
And is that because the tipster is a woman?
Norma says that when she went to tell police about her brother's confession back then, "I thought they were going to take me inside to the detectives." But the police cops she talked to didn't do that, according to the New York Post, and the ones talking now say they never saw her before in their lives.
Obviously Norma was politely shown the exit door back then instead, much like Gladys Kravitz was disregarded every time she tried to call in the cops to her fictitious Bewitched television show neighbors Samantha and Darren.
Norma was as miffed about being ignored then as Kravitz. Pedro Hernandez's sister says when the cops ignored her tip, she '"felt empty and a little bit mad." And why shouldn't she? She was trying to report what she believed to be a real crime, and she wasn't being taken seriously.
And now, decades later, it turns out she was right all along.
Etan Patz's self-confessing killer's sister might not have gotten police attention back thenÂ—or even nowÂ—but she's certainly got the attention of the media. That's why she's taking advantage of the fact, telling even more details about the years following the crime involving her brother.
And the details being sharing also include how Norma Hernandez was spurred on to go to police by one of her other sisters, Margarita Lopez.
Apparently Margarita is the one who told Norma that Pedro confessed to killing a child in New York years earlier. And that explains, at least a little, why police would have been reluctant to follow up on her tip, since she didn't hear it first hand.
If her sister Margarita didn't want to be involved back then in ratting out her brother, the police couldn't have really pushed her to merely on hearsay.
It's a shame they didn't at least give Pedro a more serious look then, if she really did go to them. That way the Etan Patz family could have had the closure they needed years ago, and now NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly wouldn't have to say they can't rule out if Pedro Hernandez killed other children or not.
It just all boils down to police not taking some women's tips as seriously as they should. And anyone reading CNN's detailed account of the anonymous tipster had to know it was a woman that made that attempt, since how many men notice things like how Pedro was "really nervous and shaking all the time?"