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Etan Patz Case Changed Childhood

The abduction of six-year-old Etan Patz off New York City streets in 1979 shocked the nation and gave parents something new to fear, AP reports. The era of children being allowed to roam their neighborhoods freely until dusk and walk alone to school or their bus came to an end and a "new age of paranoia" arrived. "In many ways, it was the end of an era of innocence," said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children.
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