The mystery of Etan Patz

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 19, 2012 1:56:01 PM PDT
It's a case that still brings pain and tears to New Yorkers. Etan Patz. Just the name sends chills through me.

The little boy vanished back in 1979 - he was just 6 years old when he was last seen in SoHo. The man who authorities always thought murdered him has long been in prison for other crimes; he was never charged.

Now - a startling new development, as the FBI and the NYPD have been at a building in SoHo once belonging to a carpenter who, reportedly, befriended the boy the night before he disappeared. A cadaver dog got the scent of a body - and the excavation began.

Etan was the first missing child every to appear on a milk carton. His fate changed the way we deal with missing children.

Our Jim Dolan is at the scene - with the latest, at 11.

Also at 11, our investigative reporter Jim Dolan is working on startling new developments in the fatal police shooting of Ken Chamberlain Sr. in White Plains in January.

And we have the most disturbing story of a man in New Jersey - arrested this afternoon for a series of rapes over a 6-week span. Cops say he targeted couples checking into motels - broke in, forced couples to have sex, then locked the man in the bathroom, and raped the woman.

Blood curdling anger - that's the reaction. We'll have the latest, at 11.

And finally, we remember Levon Helm, the drummer and singer with a group so good, so seemingly and quintessentially American, they called themselves simply, The Band.

They started as the backup group for Bob Dylan - and they were good. They were brilliant. What followed was their own albums and songs that became - as Dick Clark used to say - the soundtrack for our lives: "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Helm has been battling throat cancer for years and, this week, his website had a post that he was in the final stages of that battle. He was a beloved musician, who lived a life well-lived, and left a legacy.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11.


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