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There are arguably no crimes more chilling than those where children are the victims, whether they disappear without a trace or are slaughtered by unknown evildoers — or even more sinister — their own mothers. From the mysterious 1979 disappearance of six-year-old Etan Patz in New York City and the killing of Adam Walsh — son of former America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh — to the tragic murder of pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey and the senseless drowning of five children by deranged mother Andrea Yates, here’s a brief look at seven of the most notorious true crimes over the years involving murdered or missing children.

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