Brooklyn, NY - Back in July, Morbid reported on the case of the killing of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky whose dismembered body were found, among other places, in 35-year-old Levi Aron’s freezer. The case has recently made news based on Aron’s lawyer’s claim that… well… everything is a mitigating factor.
The background of the story is this… Leiby Kletzky attended day camp. He normally took a bus home but wanted desperately to walk home instead. After listening to his begging, his parents agreed to allow him to walk part of the way home – a distance of 7-blocks. He would meet his mother for a doctor’s appointment. His parents were reported to have worked with him to memorize the route. They then also practiced the route together on a ‘dry run.’
On the day that Leiby was to walk home, he left the day camp wearing a striped shirt with his bag over his shoulder and a smaller bag on his waist. He initially followed the route as planned but, then, missed a turn on to a side street. Surveillance videos pieced together from sources along the way chronicled his attempt to get home.
“At various points he appears to be lost,” Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the Brooklyn Police Department, said.
According to police, it was by ‘chance’ that Leiby asked Aron for help. After doing so, another camera showed Lieby waiting for seven minutes across the street from a dentist’s office while Aron went in and paid a bill.
“It’s very sad,” Mr. Browne said. “The boy looks like he’s just found somebody who’s going to help him find his way home.”
A different security camera showed Leiby getting into Aron’s brown 1990 Honda and being driven away. That would be the last time anyone other than Aron would reportedly see Leiby alive.
A combination of the records at the dentist’s office and a trace of the Honda’s plate led police to Aron. Parts of Lieby’s body would be found in Aron’s bloodstained freezer. Other parts would be found in a suitcase miles away. There reportedly is little doubt that Aron was responsible for the boy’s gruesome death.
Thankfully, Aron’s lawyer has gone on record recently to offer possible insights into why this child’s dismemberment-slaying may have happened. The lawyer has reportedly said that, in fact, the actions can be partially blamed on inbreeding in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn. Defense lawyer Howard Greenberg asserted that relatives sometimes marry and procreate in tight-knit Jewish groups, risking genetic defects.
“Look, everybody knows when blood relations have offspring, there can be genetic defects,” Greenberg said. “There’s inbreeding in that community.”
As you can imagine, the residents of Borough Park are thrilled.
“This lawyer is simply out of his freaking mind.” Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said. “[Greenberg is] a sick, self-hating Jew who’s making a mockery of this case. It’s insulting and degrading to our entire community,” Hikind added.
Greenberg has also added that a head injury of Aron’s as a 10-year-old and schizophrenia can also be blamed. Oddly, his client being a twisted, evil POS, was not mentioned as a possible cause.
Aron has been found fit to stand trial. His lawyer is planning to mount an insanity defense.
“It’s a very simple case,” Greenberg said. “You don’t do this unless you’re crazy.”Tags: dismemberment, inbreeding, killing, Leiby Kletzky, Levi Aron, Murder, New York