Thursday, August 9, 2012




His eyes glazed over and his voice a barely audible whisper, Levi Aron pleaded guilty today to abducting, suffocating, dismembering, murdering 8 year old Leiby Kletzky.

Looking dazed and speaking barely above a whisper, the Brooklyn hardware store clerk pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he abducted,dismembered and murdered the 8-year-old boy who lost his way home.

The guilty plea, to charges of second-degree murder and kidnapping, guarantees Levi Aron a sentence of 40 years to life in a case that traumatized the victim’s tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community.

Aron, 36, had previously pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder and, if convicted, would have faced life without parole.

But the family of Leiby Kletzky urged prosecutors to strike a deal to avoid the painful spectacle of a trial.“There is no way one can comprehend or understand the pain of losing a child,” the boy’s father, Nachman Kletzky wrote in a statement distributed to the press. But he added that the plea gave the family “some partial closure on one aspect of this nightmare.”

Legal closure came Thursday afternoon after an expressionless Aron was led into the courtroom wearing an orange jump suit, handcuffs and a yarmulke.

Judge Neil Firetog began by telling him that after seeing psychological reports, he was convinced claiming mental illness was “not a viable defense.”The judge then had Aron answer a series of often leading questions about his conduct.

His one-word responses were delivered in a low, flat monotone after long pauses and prodding by his lawyers.
Aron expressed no remorse and only hinted at motive: At one point told the judge he felt “panic” when he found out there was a frantic search on for the boy, who was still alive in his apartment.

The judge asked him what he decided to do, and he responded simply, “Smother.” He also answered yes when asked if he had bound and drugged Leiby.

Afterward, defense attorney Jennifer McCann insisted that her client, though under medication, knew what he was doing.“He came here to accept responsibility for his actions,” McCann said. “He understands the charges.”

Sure "he understands the charges" says his slimy Lawyer McCann who has been previously quoted as  casually saying " “This is what I do,” she said. “You kill people, you call me.”

Though Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement last August that there were "no circumstances which would lead me to accept a plea bargain,” the deal was reached after Leiby’s parents told the prosecutors they wanted to avoid a trial."We want to thank D.A. Hynes and his team for bringing this to a quick resolution as we requested -- for not forcing us to relive the terror that began when Leiby went missing," Leiby’s father Nachman Kletzky said in a statement read by state Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) after the proceeding. (See full statement by Nachman Kletzky on behalf of his wife and family).

"Those three days of uncertainty were unbearable, but our community led a tireless search and allowed us the comfort of at least knowing the truth of our child’s fate," the statement continued.

Levi Aron may be heavily medicated now, his voice soft and his affect flat, but he doesn't fool anyone, this is a sane criminal, a child killer, who understands not only the charges against him but that he is fully responsible for his deliberate actions in killing a child in such a ruthless, pre-meditated, thought out manner. Despite his pleading guilty there remains a piece of his costume that he unashamedly continues to wear, as if it somehow means what he has done is OK. 

I couldn't help but notice that Levi Aron continues to wear his yarmulke (kippa, skull cap) on his head as part of his uniform of the day, orange jail suit, handcuffs, and of course his yarmulke. I think how hypocritical, ugly it is to see the unbearable ease with which the yarmulke is used by him as if it represents a sense of morality about him.   

He shows no remorse, no regrets for the unthinkable horrific murder of am 8 year old child, but there he is sitting in court with a yarmulke on his head.  
The yarmulke is supposed to inspire humility. Its purpose to remind the wearer that from the head and down, the body is mine, but from the yarmulke and above the world belongs to god.

The Talmud states, "Cover your head in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you". Rabbi Hunah ben Joshua never walked 4 cubits (2 meters) with his head uncovered. He explained: "Because the Divine Presence is always over my head."

Levi Aron, hardly a man of god, how many times will he wear this yarmulke for the rest of his life as the blood of the murdered, tortured 8 year old victim Leiby Kletzky stops crying out from his grave and his family lives forever with the permanent pain of what happened to their loved one.  

Which great mitzvah did Levi Aron complete when he murdered the helpless child Leiby Kletzky that signifies the meaning of why he wears a yarmulke?

What kind of spiritual accounting does Aron submit that yarmulke on his head to? How heavy was it on his head when Aron took the life of one of God's creations? 

I respect those people who truly believe in G-D. For them their belief's are a personal, unbreakable covenant that they live their lives through a set of prayers, principles, and compassion to human kind. 

Levi Aron, TAKE THE YARMULKE OFF YOUR HEAD, you fool no-one as your deeds stand by themselves showing the animal you are.  It isn't a fashion accessory; it's a way of life. It is a commitment, one which you have horrifically broken with your murdering, vile acts. If there is a Hell, you Levi Aron deserve to rot in there with all the evil ever known to mankind. 


In keeping to my promise to honor the memory of murdered 8 year old Leiby Kletzky, I will continue to post on my Blog, all stories related to this tragedy until the case is closed.