On May 25, 1979—the first day his mother allowed him to walk to the bus stop alone—6-year-old Etan Patz went missing just blocks from his parents’ Soho loft. The case roused the fears of the nation and changed the way parents raised their children. In the days and months after, the full force of the New York press was trained on the family. The case became as much of a media phenomenon as a police investigation.
Despite thousands of man hours on the part of law enforcement, and the identification of at least one suspect in 1990—a convicted child molester named José Ramos, currently in prison in Pennsylvania on other charges—no arrests have been made in the Patz case. Last week, the FBI and NYPD excavated a basement on Prince Street, just one block from the Patzes’ apartment, and once again the media descended on the family. Law enforcement officials are analyzing a stain they found, but so far they have “nothing conclusive.”
On the slim chance that Etan would find his way home, the Patzes have never moved or changed their telephone number, and each time a possible development arises, a new onslaught of reporters arrives at their door. In the 33 years since the disappearance, the Patzes have lived with the media as a fact of their life. We talked to reporters and editors who covered the case in its first year.
On August 12, 2004, a caller to a Westchester radio show was speaking at length about politics with the two guest hosts, when the caller wondered aloud: When will America have an Italian-American president?
“Soon as Rick runs,” said one of the hosts, referring to the other host, Rick Lazio.
The other host? Andrew Cuomo. Read More
Ikimilusa Livingston has joined Austin Fenner’s lawsuit against the Post, Gawker reports. Fenner’s suit follows Sandra Guzman’s opening sally last month. Livingston, who’s black, says that she was removed from her courts beat, taken off stories, and basically banned from the newsroom because of discrimination. And she echoes Read More
Yesterday, the Daily Transom’s John Carney offered readers an inside look at theNew York Post‘s farewell party for Steve Dunleavy at Bourbon Street. Today, the Post has its own take on the event in an article by Clemente Lisi and a sweet tribute video set to some soothing rights-free jazz Read More
It rained hard on Wednesday. By the time guests started to arrive at Bourbon Street—the New Orleans-themed saloon in the Theater District—the rain had tapered off but the streets had that shiny, film noir, old New York look. You could almost imagine Travis Bickle cruising by in an old yellow taxi talking about how a Read More
Both the New York Post and the Daily News report today that Martin Heidgen, the wrong-way driver in Saturday’s fatal head-on collision in Long Island, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.28, three-and-a-half times the legal limit.
But the papers disagree on how to get that drunk. The Daily News says “Heidegen, 24, a former Read More
I suppose there are some people who say we should have acquired Cosmo or Rolling Stone or something like that.-Paul Steiger, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal
When the editors and writers of The Wall Street Journal returned to their offices in the World Financial Center in August, it felt like a fresh Read More
Last Wednesday, Sept. 19, in a
column mostly about the failure of the Iraqi mission to lower its flag to
half-staff in the wake of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, the New
York Post’s Steve Dunleavy cautioned against retaliating upon the “millions of
law-abiding decent Arab-Americans who came here for a better life.” Read More
The New York Post
is still publishing out of Manhattan.
We know this because we checked the other day at the Post ‘s 10th-floor newsroom on Sixth Avenue
in midtown. There, a couple hours before deadline, we found Steve Dunleavy, the
reed-thin crusading columnist, sitting in a cubicle, waiting to find out what a
cop Read More
WILL COLUMNIST-TURNED-EDITOR Michael Kelly get the best out of The Atlantic Monthly –knock some roughness and vibrancy into that genteel publication–or will it get the best of him?
“It is a little bit more formal than some places,” Mr. Kelly said, soon after putting the final touches on his first issue, which will be out Read More