Hernandez Family Reacts To Confession In Etan Patz Case


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9:48 PM EDT, May 29, 2012



"If I would have done something like that, I would have been guilty all my life, so I guess I would say yes," this was Norma Hernandez's reaction when PIX 11 News asked her if she thought her brother lived with guilt.

Hernandez spent part of Tuesday standing just off her back porch speaking openly in describing her strained relationship with Pedro Hernandez, her brother and the man charged with the murder of Etan Patz.

Hernandez says that she has not seen her brother in more than "three to six months" and "the little times that I'd see him, he was always nervous and sick to his stomach."

While Hernandez sits in the forensic psych unit at Bellevue Hospital, his sister give some insight as to what it was like for her back some twenty-five years to try and turn her brother in to the Camden Police Department, "Don't know who the guy was that was taking care of me in the window. He never told me to go talk to the detective. He only got my information and then I went home."

PIX 11 News went to the Camden Police Department to see if an incident report had been generated after Hernandez turned in her brother but a detective with Camden Police said that it would very challenging to locate it, since all records pre-1985 are on film. In addition, their computer system was overhauled in 2010, adding more difficulties to the process.

When asked if there was someone at fault in her opinion? Hernandez said, "I felt disappointed in a way, because they never contacted me. They never did or do anything back then when I report it, but the same time I don't know the reason why they didn't do it, because, the guy Jose Ramos was, said that he was the one who did it. So I guess maybe because of that, maybe that is the reason they never contact. I cannot say I blame them."

When asked if she filed any paperwork, "I have my license, I have my information, I gave my information about my sister and where they were staying, I gave information about him."

Ultimately nothing.

As for Hernandez's prayer leader from over 25 year ago Tomas Rivera, I caught up with him while he was doing some roof work at his property in Blackwood, New Jersey.

Rivera did not want to do an interview but did tell PIX 11 News the intense scrutiny surrounding Hernandez and the charges he was facing in the murder of Etan Patz was a "locura" which in Spanish means crazy.