If you’re interested in real crime cases, you might find that some “cold” cases haven’t been solved for decades because there isn’t enough evidence.
A source tells how Philadelphia detectives were finally able to figure out who the 4-year-old murder victim who had been known as “the Boy in the Box” for years, was.
On February 25, 1957, a naked, dead child without a name was found in a cardboard box in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The child had been beaten to death.
In December 2022, at a press conference, police said that “the Boy in the Box” was Joseph Augustus Zarelli.
In his very short life, it was apparent that this child experienced horrors that no one, no one should ever be subjected to,
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw explained during a press conference.
Joseph’s tombstone said “Heavenly Father Bless This Unknown Boy” for more than 60 years.
How did the police finally figure out who the little boy was after digging up his body twice over the years to test his DNA? Technology and science have come a long way in the last 60 years, which is what made it possible to do a good job of analyzing DNA.
My role was to take the very badly degraded DNA and try to develop data from it that we could try to use for genealogy. That took two and a half years and three different tries and we finally did it,
explains Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick from Identifiers International.
Watch the full video from Inside Edition to find out if police have a suspect in this brutal murder case that hasn’t been solved yet.