forgotten business. The boy in the box, the murdered boy whose face no one recognized

On February 25, 1957, the body of a young boy was discovered in a cardboard box on the side of a road in Philadelphia. Closer to this mysterious case.

It is one of the most mysterious cases in American history. On February 25, 1957, on the edge of Susquehanna Road in Philadelphia, the body of a young boy was discovered in a cardboard box for a crib. The child, about 3 years old, appears to be malnourished, with scars and bruises as a result of blows in several places on his body. At first glance, he was beaten, but someone took care of washing him, cutting his hair and nails before wrapping him in a flannel blanket … He was mobilized to the scene, and the Philadelphia police opened an emphatic investigation: someone will claim this as a child in a few hours. A few days at most.

But no one appears. What at first glance seemed like a closed deal turns into an enigma. First, the police try to trace the clues left with the child: the cardboard box and the blanket. The first was used to wrap a crib sold by a department store in West Philadelphia. However, the latter only accepts cash payments, which makes it impossible to trace back to the buyer. The baby blanket is marketed in the thousands by the textile giant. Impossible, this time again, to get anything out of it.

The foster family and the abusive mother are at the center of the investigations

But the police did not give up. Within weeks of the little boy’s discovery, more than 270 recruits were assigned to the case and 400,000 flyers were distributed throughout Philadelphia. New items were quickly identified at the crime scene: a blue hat, a child’s scarf, and a man’s handkerchief bearing the letter “G”. But there again, all the efforts of the investigators were in vain …

Until 1960. That year, Remington Bristow, a medical examiner very involved in the case, consulted a fortune teller who gave him a description of a house very similar to that of a foster family located about two miles from the crime scene. Immediately, the police discovered several suspenders similar to those in the trunk on Susquehanna Road. Investigators also discovered several coverings comparable to the boy’s shroud. The caregiver’s adopted daughter is then suspected of having delivered the young child out of wedlock and disposed of him to save his honor. Unfortunately, this hypothesis cannot be proven.

Subsequently, two other methods were carefully studied. In 1965, Remington Bristow thought he recognized the boy’s face from an old newspaper clipping dedicated to welcoming Hungarians to the United States after the Budapest Uprising. Shocked, the coroner begins looking for a needle in a haystack. Alone, he peels 15,000 refugee files from the East until they finally fall on the little blonde’s face. But again, his efforts are futile. The little Hungarian in the article, who was adopted by an American family, is still alive and well. This has nothing to do with “box boy”. Finally, in February 2002, a woman named “Martha” called the police and claimed that her abusive mother had bought the “boy in the cabaret,” whose first name was Jonathan, during the summer of 1954. She said that one evening in 1957, the boy was vomiting a meal of beans and that his mother was going to abuse harshly to him. He would then die, while the latter was washing up. Oddly enough, his account is backed up by an autopsy report, in which the remains of a bean were discovered in the little boy’s stomach. But unable to verify Martha’s statements, the police ended up dropping this new evidence.

This child still has no name.

Sixty-five years later, the “boy in the box” remains unidentified, but the police, persistent and upset with the story of the person nicknamed “America’s Unknown Child”, continue their investigations. “I’m doing it because I’m a policeman, sir. And because this child is still without a nameSgt. Bob Kohlmeier, chief of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, said in 2018 in columns Globalism.

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