Pedro Hernandez, the man who confessed to the 1979 murder of Etan Patz, may have taken credit for the crime long before now.
Hernandez actually confessed to the murder of the six-year-old at his church prayer group three decades ago, but no one reported him to the authorities.
Thomas Rivera, who led the prayer group back then, admits that he heard Hernandez' confession.
Rivera, 76, who was questioned by NYPD detectives last week and asked to keep quiet, said he did not contact police "because (Hernandez) did not confess to me" in a one-on-one setting, the paper reported.from Pedro Hernandez Confessed Murder of Etan Patz to Church Group Back in the ’80s
But the group did give him an award for courage, integrity, and good citizenship.