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The disappearance of Etan Patz (Stranger danger)

The disappearance of Etan Patz (Stranger danger)

Update: 2024-05-26


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On May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz headed out of his New York City home to his bus stop only two blocks away. Etan’s first walk to the bus stop alone tragically ended up being the last walk of his life.

Etan’s story changed things & caused parents to clutch their kids by the hand, unwilling to allow them to walk ahead on their own. It also was a catalyst for the missing-child panic & the “stranger danger” scare that erupted in the late 1970s & early 1980s & in response to his disappearance as well as the 1981 murder of Adam Walsh, Ronald Reagan formed a task force on missing & exploited children.

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The disappearance of Etan Patz (Stranger danger)

The disappearance of Etan Patz (Stranger danger)