The parents of Etan Patz, whose 1979 disappearance gripped New York City for decades, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom today to watch a video confession allegedly made by the man who says he killed the 6-year-old, the Wall Street Journal reports.
It was a rare appearance for Stan and Julie Patz, who took a seat in the second row behind Manhattan prosecutors.
The attorney for Pedro Hernandez, 53 years old, who allegedly confessed to kidnapping and killing Etan, asked a judge to throw out the confession. He argued that his client, who has a history of psychiatric problems, falsely admitted that he strangled Etan.
The three-hour tape was played in public for the first time in court. The suppression hearing is ultimately expected to last several weeks.
Etan went missing May 25, 1979, while walking to a bus stop in SoHo.