Pedro Hernandez's wife Rosemary (r.) and daughter Becky leave their Maple Shade, N.J. home escorted by police officer.
Pedro Hernandez confessed decades ago to his church prayer group that he had strangled a boy — but no one, including his relatives and a spiritual leader, reported it to authorities.
No one went to the cops or investigated his claim further, she said.
“The family stopped talking about it. It was like they just put it away and no one wanted to pay attention to it anymore,” she said.
The New York Times reported Sunday that Hernandez made his startling confession at St. Anthony of Padua, a Catholic church in Camden, N.J.
“He confessed to the group,” Thomas Rivera, who led the parish’s prayer meetings at the time, told the paper.
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.
Hernandez’s confession back then, when he was in his 20s, could be used by detectives to corroborate his recent admission to being Etan’s killer — which has been shrouded in doubt by his diagnoses of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.