As Etan Patz's killer confessor awaits the next step legally, New York City police detectives scour his New Jersey home for any signs of trophies or physical evidence to link him to the more than 33-year-old crime.
Finding a skeletonized boy now in New York or New Jersey's landfills will be like looking for a needle in a giant haystack, but finding one beneath the flooring of the suspect's home, like was done in the John Wayne Gacy case, would be all the prosecutor would need to hammer the nails in Pedro Hernandez's legal coffin.
Hernandez, like Gacy, confessed to the killing. But while Gacy confessed in 1979 to the sexual crimes he committed against so many boysÂ—the same year Etan Patz went missing, he was trying to convince the public that he didn't do it after all as late as 1992, despite the evidence to the contrary.
With Etan Patz's killers alleged mental illnessesÂ—two of them, actually (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), police fear that if they don't locate a body or some other physical evidence, like the child's clothing from that day years ago, then they will risk failure when they take this suspect to court on a murder charge.
Fox News reported that the 6-year-old's killer says he lured the child to the basement of his employers with the promise of soda. John Wayne Gacy lured some of his victims to his home basement with the promise of money and work.
And both men found victims near store hunting grounds, with Patz appearing outside Hernadez's job at a Bodega and many of Gacy's victims lured from a Times Square video arcade store, which closed after he was caught and reopened later as Cesar's--Home of the Killer Margarita.
And the similarities in both cases appear to be why Pedro Hernandez's New Jersey home is now thought to hold important clues to the disappearance of the long lost child, especially since both men also worked in the field of construction for a time.