Case 64

Peter Weinberger

*** Content Warning: infant victim ***

The Weinberger family was emblematic of 1950s suburban America. Husband and wife Betty and Morris lived in a modest home in Westbury, New York, where they were raising their two-year-old son Lewis and their newborn baby, Peter. 

July 4, 1956, started just like any other day for the Weinberger’s. After feeding Peter his bottle, Betty put him down for a nap in his stroller. It was a warm summer’s day, so she parked the stroller on their front patio and then went inside. Just a few minutes later, Betty went to check on her son – but to her horror, Peter had vanished.



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The Weinberger Kidnapping – Getty Images

The History of the Village of Westbury

Chicago Tribune Newspaper Archives

  • July 11, 1956
  • August 25, 1956



Weinberger Kidnapping – FBI

Detective Leads Probe in Long Island’s Kidnapping of the Century – Newsday

Mark of a Murderer – Esquire

A Lifetime in a Month ­– Mark Gribben

FBI Hunt the Man in Grey – The Argus

Weinberger Baby Kidnapper, Wife Collapse on Hearing Death Verdict – Desert Sun

Kidnapped Baby Given Quiet Family Funeral – The Canberra Times

Former Detective Edward F. Curran Dies at 91 – Newsday



People v La Marca (1958) – Court of Appeals of the State of New York

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